Regional Australia/low population growth metropolitan areas

This page lists the areas - including postcodes - for 'regional Australia' or a 'low population growth metropolitan area'.

General Skilled Migration Points Test – Study in Regional Australia

If you have studied in a regional area of Australia and meet the Australian study requirement then you can claim points for Study in Regional Australia on the General Skilled Migration points test.

Visa subclasses with a Regional Requirement

Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)

Holders of this visa subclass including dependent applicants are required to:

  • reside in a designated regional or low population growth area for a minimum of two (2) years; and
  •  work in a regional area for a minimum of one (1) year.  

This requirement applies to visa holders regardless of whether they were sponsored by an eligible relative residing in a regional area or nominated by a state or territory government. There is a condition attached to the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa to ensure that you comply with the requirement.

To meet the criteria for a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887), applicants must have complied with the condition attached to your Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia.

Eligible postcodes

| NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA |


Regional Australia/low population growth metropolitan areasPostcodes
inclusive
New South Wales
except Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong
2311 to 2312
2328 to 2411
2420 to 2490
2536 to 2551
2575 to 2594
2618 to 2739
2787 to 2899
Queensland
except the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast
4124 to 4125
4133
4211
4270 to 4272
4275
4280
4285
4287
4307 to 4499
4515
4517 to 4519
4522 to 4899
Victoria
except Melbourne metropolitan area
3211 to 3334
3340 to 3424
3430 to 3649
3658 to 3749
3753,
3756
3758
3762
3764
3778 to 3781
3783
3797
3799
3810 to 3909
3921 to 3925
3945 to 3974
3979
3981 to 3996
Western Australia
except Perth and surrounding areas
6041 to 6044
6083 to 6084
6121 to 6126
6200 to 6799
South Australia Entire State
Tasmania Entire State
Northern Territory Entire Territory

Note: none of the Australian Capital Territory is included.

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