Big news for international students
It has been recognized by the Federal Government that due to the population growth the congested cities in the Eastern states, infrastructure and services have not kept pace, which leads to an increase of housing shortage, crowded public transport and heavy traffic.
In contrast, it is also recognized that Perth and the Gold Coast has the capacity and the desire to grow. As a result 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 a ‘regional’ cities.
What does this mean?
This change means that Perth and the Gold coast are no longer seen as the ‘major’ cities. Premier Mark MacGowan has announced that Perth and the Gold Coast will be added to the state Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) graduate stream.
What are the additional opportunities and attractions for international students?
•An additional 5 points for point- based visas
•The ability for students to gain an extra year of work experience by allowing 3 years (instead of 2) 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).
• Scholarship opportunities up to 15,000 per year for students in Certificate IV to Doctoral level qualification at a regional campus.
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 with these changes of the government is to attract new international students. For more information read here:
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. The 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.