Perth regional status reinstated
Senator for Western Australia Mathias Cormann, in conjunction with WA Premier Mark McGowan and WA Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery, have jointly announced that Perth’s status as a regional city will be reinstated from 16 November 2019.
This will allow international students to study in Perth and become eligible for an additional year on a Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa.
The full media release is available here
Gold Coast confirmed as regional | Extra 2000 regional places
The Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the Hon Alan Tudge MP and the Hon Dan Tehan MP have confirmed in a joint press release that the Gold Coast will be included in the list of locations designated as regional on 16 November 2019.
An extra 2,000 skilled regional visa places have also been announced, increasing the regional cap from 23,000 to 25,000.
While there has been no confirmation as yet of how these places will be accounted for, it is highly likely that they will be taken out of the skilled independent subclass 189 program.
The full press release is available here
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