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Great news for International student who wants to study and stay in Australia! 

Perth and The Gold Coast have been classified as a regional migration area meaning it is easier for people to live, work and stay in Australia.

It has been recognized by the Federal Government that due to the population growth in the congested cities in the Eastern states, infrastructure, and services have not kept pace, which leads to an increase in housing shortage, crowded public transport and heavy traffic. 

In contrast, it is also recognized that Perth and the Gold Coast have the capacity and the desire to grow. As a result of the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs, new measures set will be introduced on 16 November 2019, Perth and the Gold Coast will be designated as ‘regional’ cities. Perth’s migration opportunity or the plan to move to Gold Coast are thus representing new possible pathways for students that wish to stay further in Australia.

What does this mean?

This change means that Perth and the Gold coast are no longer seen as the ‘major’ cities.  Premier Mark McGowan has announced that Perth and the Gold Coast will be added to the state Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) graduate stream. This is a great opportunity for people that have migration plans for Perth.

What are the additional opportunities and attractions for international students?
  • An additional 5 points for point-based visas
  • Scholarship opportunities up to 15,000 per year for students in Certificate IV to Doctoral level qualification at a regional campus.
  • The ability for students to gain an extra year of work experience by allowing 3 years on the 485 temporary graduate visa. This will help graduates to be eligible for skills assessments and work experience requirements for skilled visas (including state nominated visas).
Other changes for the Skilled Nominated 190 and Skilled regional 498 visas:

Below is an overview of the Graduate Occupations List requirement (from Dec 2018) – this leads to the point-based system for these 2 visas: Skilled Nominated 190 and Skilled Regional 489 (from 16 November it will be called the Skilled Work Regional 491). The goal of these changes in the government is to attract new international students.

Go Study Australia has agreements with the best education providers across Australia – including many options in Perth and The Gold Coast.  We also have offices in both these regions to support you to live, work, study and stay in Australia.

If you would like to enrol in a college or university in Perth, Gold Coast or any other city – contact Go Study today – we have a ‘best price guarantee’ and can find the best option to meet your needs. We can also help arrange a chat with a registered migration agent who can help plan out your perfect pathway if migration is your goal.