Australia's new regional visa program has been launched. Here's the full list of jobs

Migrants are being encouraged to settle in the regions under a Federal government push to bust congestion in the major cities Source: AAP

New visas have been launched this week to encourage zookeepers, architects, scientists, blacksmiths, naturopaths, surgeons and more to settle in regional areas.

Read the full list of visas you can apply for below.

Goat farmers, actors, pilots, archaeologists, homoeopaths, nurses and carpenters are all among workers eligible to come to Australia through new regional visa pathways. 

Migrants are being encouraged to settle in the regions under a Federal government push to bust congestion in the major cities and support regional economies.

Two new skilled visas have been rolled out, which require skilled migrants to live and work regionally for three years to gain access to permanent residency.

Immigration Minister David Coleman said the new visas would help ease population pressures on Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and give regional communities access to skilled workers.

Minister for Immigration David Coleman.
Minister for Immigration David Coleman.

“We are promoting growth in those regional areas that need more people,” he said.

“By requiring migrants to live and work in a regional area for at least three years we are encouraging them to put down roots in those communities, meaning they are more likely to stay long term."

The two new regional visas include a skilled employer-sponsored regional visa for people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia.

A skilled work regional (provisional) visa, for people who are nominated by a state or territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member to live and work in regional Australia, will also be introduced.

The Federal government has allocated 25,000 places for the regional visas.

This comes alongside a push to reduce the nation's permanent migration program from 190,000 to 160,000.

All of Australia – except for Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane -  is classified as regional for the purposes of the regional migration visas.

This came after Perth and the Gold Coast were added to the eligible locations following lobbying from stakeholders.

Some migration analysts have raised concerns the provisional nature of the new regional visas will make them less attractive to prospective applicants.

But Mr Coleman said regional visas will receive priority processing and have access to a wider range of jobs than those applying to migrate to major cities.

The Federal government says there was a 124 per cent increase in the number of regional visas granted in the first quarter of this year.


But Labor's Home Affairs spokesperson Kristina Keneally has accused the government of overseeing "go-slow visa processing times" that have "strangled regional migration".

Seven Designated Area Migration Agreements have been signed with regions around the country to address the specific migration needs of migrants.

Meanwhile, the Federal government has deployed a team of Regional Outreach Officers to support regional employers. 

Which visa you can get

Below is a summary of this information - exceptions and additional conditions may apply. 

Abbreviations: R - Regional

Work sponsored: a visa requiring an employer to sponsor a migrant.

Points based: a visa requiring an applicant to meet occupation and points-based requirements.

JobR Points-basedR work sponsored
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Yes
Accommodation and Hospitality Managers necYesYes
Accountant (General)YesYes
Actor Yes
Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers nec Yes
Advertising ManagerYesYes
Advertising SpecialistYesYes
Aeronautical EngineerYesYes
Aeroplane PilotYesYes
Agricultural ConsultantYesYes
Agricultural EngineerYesYes
Agricultural ScientistYesYes
Agricultural TechnicianYesYes
Air Traffic Controller  
Air Transport Professionals nec Yes
Airconditioning and Mechanical Services PlumberYesYes
Airconditioning and Refrigeration MechanicYesYes
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)YesYes
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)YesYes
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)YesYes
Ambulance OfficerYesYes
Amusement Centre ManagerYesYes
Anaesthetic TechnicianYesYes
Analyst ProgrammerYesYes
Animal Attendants and Trainers necYesYes
Antique Dealer Yes
Apparel Cutter Yes
Aquaculture FarmerYesYes
Archaeologist Yes
Architectural DraftspersonYesYes
Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians necYesYes
Archivist Yes
Art Director (Film, Television or Stage) Yes
Art Teacher (Private Tuition)YesYes
Artistic DirectorYesYes
Arts Administrator or ManagerYesYes
Auctioneer Yes
Author Yes
Automotive ElectricianYesYes
Bed and Breakfast Operator Yes
Beef Cattle FarmerYesYes
Betting Agency Manager Yes
Biomedical EngineerYesYes
Blacksmith Yes
Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator Yes
Boat Builder and RepairerYesYes
Book or Script EditorYesYes
Broadcast Transmitter Operator Yes
Building and Engineering Technicians necYesYes
Building Associate Yes
Building InspectorYesYes
Business Broker Yes
Business Machine MechanicYesYes
Butcher or Smallgoods MakerYesYes
Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)YesYes
Cafe or Restaurant ManagerYesYes
Call or Contact Centre Manager Yes
Call or Contact Centre Team Leader Yes
Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video)YesYes
Canvas Goods Fabricator Yes
Caravan Park and Camping Ground ManagerYesYes
Cardiac TechnicianYesYes
Cardiothoracic SurgeonYesYes
Careers CounsellorYesYes
Carpenter and JoinerYesYes
Chemical EngineerYesYes
Chemical Plant Operator Yes
Chemistry TechnicianYesYes
Chief Executive or Managing Director Yes
Chief Information Officer Yes
Child Care Centre ManagerYesYes
Child Care Worker Yes
Cinema or Theatre ManagerYesYes
Civil EngineerYesYes
Civil Engineering DraftspersonYesYes
Civil Engineering TechnicianYesYes
Clerk of Court Yes
Clinical CoderYesYes
Clinical HaematologistYesYes
Clinical PsychologistYesYes
Clothing Patternmaker Yes
Clothing Trades Workers nec Yes
Commissioned Defence Force Officer  
Commissioned Fire Officer  
Commissioned Police Officer  
Commodities TraderYesYes
Communications Operator Yes
Community Arts WorkerYesYes
Community WorkerYesYes
Company SecretaryYesYes
Complementary Health Therapists necYesYes
Composer Yes
Computer Network and Systems EngineerYesYes
Conference and Event OrganiserYesYes
Conservation OfficerYesYes
Construction EstimatorYesYes
Construction Project ManagerYesYes
Contract AdministratorYesYes
Conveyancer Yes
Corporate General Manager Yes
Corporate Services ManagerYesYes
Corporate Treasurer Yes
Cotton GrowerYesYes
Counsellors necYesYes
Court Bailiff or Sheriff (Aus) \ Court Collections Officer (NZ) Yes
Court Orderly (Aus) \ Court Registry Officer (NZ) Yes
Crop Farmers necYesYes
Customer Service ManagerYesYes
Dairy Cattle FarmerYesYes
Dance Teacher (Private Tuition)YesYes
Dancer or ChoreographerYesYes
Database AdministratorYesYes
Deer FarmerYesYes
Defence Force Member - Other Ranks  
Defence Force Senior Officer  
Dental HygienistYesYes
Dental Prosthetist Yes
Dental SpecialistYesYes
Dental TechnicianYesYes
Dental TherapistYesYes
Developer ProgrammerYesYes
Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologistYesYes
Diesel Motor MechanicYesYes
Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)YesYes
Director of Photography Yes
Disabilities Services OfficerYesYes
Diver Yes
Diversional TherapistYesYes
Diving Instructor (Open Water)YesYes
Dog Handler or TrainerYesYes
Dog or Horse Racing Official Yes
Drama Teacher (Private Tuition) Yes
Dressmaker or TailorYesYes
Driving InstructorYesYes
Drug and Alcohol CounsellorYesYes
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) TeacherYesYes
Earth Science TechnicianYesYes
Education AdviserYesYes
Education Managers necYesYes
Education Reviewer Yes
Educational PsychologistYesYes
Electorate Officer Yes
Electrical EngineerYesYes
Electrical Engineering DraftspersonYesYes
Electrical Engineering TechnicianYesYes
Electrical LinesworkerYesYes
Electrician (General)YesYes
Electrician (Special Class)YesYes
Electronic Engineering Draftsperson Yes
Electronic Engineering Technician Yes
Electronic Equipment Trades WorkerYesYes
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)YesYes
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)YesYes
Electronics EngineerYesYes
Electroplater Yes
Emergency Medicine SpecialistYesYes
Emergency Service WorkerYesYes
Engineering ManagerYesYes
Engineering Patternmaker Yes
Engineering Professionals necYesYes
Engineering TechnologistYesYes
Engraver Yes
Enrolled NurseYesYes
Entertainer or Variety Artist Yes
Environmental ConsultantYesYes
Environmental EngineerYesYes
Environmental Health OfficerYesYes
Environmental ManagerYesYes
Environmental Research ScientistYesYes
Environmental Scientists necYesYes
Equipment Hire Manager Yes
Exercise PhysiologistYesYes
External AuditorYesYes
Facilities ManagerYesYes
Faculty Head Yes
Family and Marriage CounsellorYesYes
Family Support WorkerYesYes
Fashion DesignerYesYes
Fibrous PlastererYesYes
Film and Video EditorYesYes
Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors nec Yes
Finance BrokerYesYes
Finance ManagerYesYes
Financial Brokers necYesYes
Financial Dealers necYesYes
Financial Institution Branch ManagerYesYes
Financial Investment AdviserYesYes
Financial Investment ManagerYesYes
Financial Market DealerYesYes
Fire Fighter  
Fire Protection Equipment Technician Yes
First Aid TrainerYesYes
Fisheries Officer Yes
Fitness Centre ManagerYesYes
Fitter (General)YesYes
Fitter and TurnerYesYes
Fleet Manager Yes
Flight AttendantYesYes
Floor FinisherYesYes
Flower GrowerYesYes
Flying InstructorYesYes
Food TechnologistYesYes
Fruit or Nut GrowerYesYes
Funeral Director Yes
Funeral Workers necYesYes
Furniture FinisherYesYes
Futures Trader Yes
Gallery or Museum CuratorYesYes
Gallery or Museum Technician Yes
Gardener (General)YesYes
Gas or Petroleum OperatorYesYes
General PractitionerYesYes
Geotechnical EngineerYesYes
Goat FarmerYesYes
Golfer Yes
Grain, Oilseed or Pasture GrowerYesYes
Grape GrowerYesYes
Graphic DesignerYesYes
Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker Yes
Gunsmith Yes
Gymnastics Coach or InstructorYesYes
Hair or Beauty Salon Manager Yes
Hardware TechnicianYesYes
Health and Welfare Services Managers necYesYes
Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals necYesYes
Health Information ManagerYesYes
Health Practice Manager Yes
Health Promotion OfficerYesYes
Helicopter PilotYesYes
Historian Yes
Homoeopath Yes
Horse BreederYesYes
Horse Riding Coach or InstructorYesYes
Horse TrainerYesYes
Hospital PharmacistYesYes
Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers nec Yes
Hotel or Motel ManagerYesYes
Hotel Service Manager Yes
Human Resource AdviserYesYes
Human Resource ManagerYesYes
Hydrographer Yes
ICT Account ManagerYesYes
ICT Business AnalystYesYes
ICT Business Development ManagerYesYes
ICT Customer Support OfficerYesYes
ICT Managers necYesYes
ICT Project ManagerYesYes
ICT Quality Assurance EngineerYesYes
ICT Sales RepresentativeYesYes
ICT Security SpecialistYesYes
ICT Support and Test Engineers necYesYes
ICT Support EngineerYesYes
ICT Support Technicians necYesYes
ICT Systems Test EngineerYesYes
ICT TrainerYesYes
Importer or Exporter Yes
Industrial DesignerYesYes
Industrial EngineerYesYes
Industrial PharmacistYesYes
Information and Organisation Professionals necYesYes
Insurance AgentYesYes
Insurance BrokerYesYes
Insurance Investigator Yes
Insurance Loss AdjusterYesYes
Insurance Risk Surveyor Yes
Intellectual Property LawyerYesYes
Intelligence Officer  
Intensive Care Ambulance ParamedicYesYes
Intensive Care SpecialistYesYes
Interior Decorator Yes
Interior DesignerYesYes
Internal AuditorYesYes
Jewellery DesignerYesYes
Journalists and Other Writers necYesYes
Judicial and Other Legal Professionals necYesYes
Kaiako Kohanga Reo (Maori Language Nest Teacher)  
Kaiako Kura Kaupapa Maori (Maori-medium Primary School Teacher)  
Kaiawhina (Hauora) (Maori Health Assistant)  
Kennel Hand Yes
Laboratory ManagerYesYes
Land EconomistYesYes
Landscape ArchitectYesYes
Landscape GardenerYesYes
Law Clerk Yes
Leather Goods Maker Yes
Legal Executive Yes
Legal Secretary Yes
Legislators nec  
Liaison OfficerYesYes
Library Technician Yes
Licensed Club Manager Yes
Life Science TechnicianYesYes
Life Scientist (General)YesYes
Life Scientists necYesYes
Lifeguard Yes
Lift MechanicYesYes
Light Technician Yes
Livestock Farmers necYesYes
Local Government Legislator  
Maintenance PlannerYesYes
Make Up ArtistYesYes
Management AccountantYesYes
Management ConsultantYesYes
Marine BiologistYesYes
Marine Surveyor Yes
Marine Transport Professionals nec Yes
Market Research AnalystYesYes
Marketing SpecialistYesYes
Massage TherapistYesYes
Master Fisher Yes
Materials EngineerYesYes
Meat InspectorYesYes
Mechanical EngineerYesYes
Mechanical Engineering DraftspersonYesYes
Mechanical Engineering TechnicianYesYes
Media Producer (excluding Video) Yes
Medical AdministratorYesYes
Medical Diagnostic RadiographerYesYes
Medical Laboratory ScientistYesYes
Medical Laboratory TechnicianYesYes
Medical OncologistYesYes
Medical Practitioners necYesYes
Medical Radiation TherapistYesYes
Medical Technicians necYesYes
Member of Parliament  
Metal Casting Trades Worker Yes
Metal FabricatorYesYes
Metal Fitters and Machinists necYesYes
Metal Machinist (First Class)YesYes
Metal Polisher Yes
Metallurgical or Materials TechnicianYesYes
Middle School TeacherYesYes
Migration Agent (Aus) \ Immigration Consultant (NZ) Yes
Mine DeputyYesYes
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)YesYes
Minister of Religion  
Mixed Crop and Livestock FarmerYesYes
Mixed Crop FarmerYesYes
Mixed Livestock FarmerYesYes
Mothercraft Nurse Yes
Motor Mechanic (General)YesYes
Motorcycle MechanicYesYes
Multimedia DesignerYesYes
Multimedia SpecialistYesYes
Music DirectorYesYes
Music Professionals necYesYes
Music Teacher (Private Tuition)YesYes
Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer Yes
Musician (Instrumental)YesYes
Natural and Physical Science Professionals necYesYes
Naval ArchitectYesYes
Network AdministratorYesYes
Network AnalystYesYes
Newspaper or Periodical EditorYesYes
Nuclear Medicine TechnologistYesYes
Nurse EducatorYesYes
Nurse ManagerYesYes
Nurse PractitionerYesYes
Nurse ResearcherYesYes
Nursing Clinical DirectorYesYes
Obstetrician and GynaecologistYesYes
Occupational Health and Safety AdviserYesYes
Occupational TherapistYesYes
Office Manager Yes
Operating Theatre TechnicianYesYes
Optical Dispenser (Aus) \ Dispensing Optician (NZ) Yes
Optical Mechanic Yes
Organisation and Methods AnalystYesYes
Organisational PsychologistYesYes
Orthopaedic SurgeonYesYes
Orthotist or ProsthetistYesYes
Other Spatial ScientistYesYes
Other Sports Coach or InstructorYesYes
Other Sports Official Yes
Paediatric SurgeonYesYes
Painter (Visual Arts) Yes
Painting Trades WorkerYesYes
Park Ranger Yes
Parole or Probation Officer  
Patents ExaminerYesYes
Pathology CollectorYesYes
Performing Arts Technicians necYesYes
Personal Assistant Yes
Pet Groomer Yes
Petroleum EngineerYesYes
Pharmacy TechnicianYesYes
Photographer's Assistant Yes
Picture Framer Yes
Pig FarmerYesYes
Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeonYesYes
Plastics Technician Yes
Plumber (General)YesYes
Plumbing Inspector Yes
Police Officer  
Policy AnalystYesYes
Policy and Planning ManagerYesYes
Post Office ManagerYesYes
Potter or Ceramic Artist Yes
Pouako Kura Kaupapa Maori (Maori-medium Primary School Senior Teacher)  
Poultry FarmerYesYes
Power Generation Plant OperatorYesYes
Practice Managers nec Yes
Precision Instrument Maker and RepairerYesYes
Pressure WelderYesYes
Primary Health Organisation ManagerYesYes
Primary Products Inspectors necYesYes
Primary School TeacherYesYes
Print FinisherYesYes
Print JournalistYesYes
Printing MachinistYesYes
Private Tutors and Teachers necYesYes
Procurement ManagerYesYes
Production Manager (Forestry)YesYes
Production Manager (Manufacturing)YesYes
Production Manager (Mining)YesYes
Production or Plant EngineerYesYes
Program Director (Television or Radio)YesYes
Program or Project AdministratorYesYes
Project BuilderYesYes
Property ManagerYesYes
Psychologists necYesYes
Public Relations ManagerYesYes
Public Relations ProfessionalYesYes
Quality Assurance ManagerYesYes
Quantity SurveyorYesYes
Quarantine Officer Yes
Radiation OncologistYesYes
Radio Journalist Yes
Radio Presenter Yes
Radiocommunications TechnicianYesYes
Railway Station Manager Yes
Real Estate Agency Principal (Aus) \ Real Estate Agency Licensee (NZ) Yes
Real Estate Agent Yes
Real Estate RepresentativeYesYes
Records ManagerYesYes
Recreation OfficerYesYes
Recruitment ConsultantYesYes
Regional Education ManagerYesYes
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)YesYes
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)YesYes
Registered Nurse (Community Health)YesYes
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)YesYes
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)YesYes
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)YesYes
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)YesYes
Registered Nurse (Medical)YesYes
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)YesYes
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)YesYes
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)YesYes
Registered Nurse (Surgical)YesYes
Registered Nurses necYesYes
Rehabilitation CounsellorYesYes
Renal Medicine SpecialistYesYes
Research and Development ManagerYesYes
Resident Medical OfficerYesYes
Residential Care OfficerYesYes
Retail BuyerYesYes
Retail Manager (General) Yes
Retail PharmacistYesYes
Retirement Village Manager Yes
Roof PlumberYesYes
Roof TilerYesYes
Safety InspectorYesYes
Sail Maker Yes
Sales and Marketing ManagerYesYes
Sales Representative (Industrial Products) Yes
Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products) Yes
Saw Doctor Yes
School Laboratory Technician Yes
School PrincipalYesYes
Science Technicians necYesYes
Screen Printer Yes
Sculptor Yes
Secondary School TeacherYesYes
Secretary (General) Yes
Security Consultant Yes
Senior Non-commissioned Defence Force Member  
Shearer Yes
Sheep FarmerYesYes
Sheetmetal Trades WorkerYesYes
Ship's Engineer Yes
Ship's MasterYesYes
Ship's Officer Yes
Shoemaker Yes
Singer Yes
Small Engine MechanicYesYes
Small Offset Printer Yes
Snowsport InstructorYesYes
Social Professionals necYesYes
Social WorkerYesYes
Software and Applications Programmers necYesYes
Software EngineerYesYes
Software TesterYesYes
Solid PlastererYesYes
Sound TechnicianYesYes
Special Education Teachers necYesYes
Special Needs TeacherYesYes
Specialist Managers necYesYes
Specialist Physician (General Medicine)YesYes
Specialist Physicians necYesYes
Speech PathologistYesYes
Sports AdministratorYesYes
Sports Centre ManagerYesYes
Sports Development OfficerYesYes
Sports Umpire Yes
Sportspersons necYesYes
Stage ManagerYesYes
Stock and Station Agent Yes
Stockbroking DealerYesYes
Structural EngineerYesYes
Student CounsellorYesYes
Sugar Cane GrowerYesYes
Supply and Distribution ManagerYesYes
Surgeon (General)YesYes
Surveying or Spatial Science TechnicianYesYes
Swimming Coach or InstructorYesYes
Systems AdministratorYesYes
Systems AnalystYesYes
Taxation AccountantYesYes
Teacher of English to Speakers of Other LanguagesYesYes
Teacher of the Hearing ImpairedYesYes
Teacher of the Sight ImpairedYesYes
Technical Cable JointerYesYes
Technical DirectorYesYes
Technical Sales Representatives necYesYes
Technical WriterYesYes
Technicians and Trades Workers nec Yes
Telecommunications Cable Jointer Yes
Telecommunications EngineerYesYes
Telecommunications Field EngineerYesYes
Telecommunications LinesworkerYesYes
Telecommunications Network EngineerYesYes
Telecommunications Network PlannerYesYes
Telecommunications Technical Officer or TechnologistYesYes
Telecommunications Technician Yes
Television Equipment Operator Yes
Television JournalistYesYes
Television Presenter Yes
Tennis CoachYesYes
Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic Yes
Thoracic Medicine SpecialistYesYes
Traditional Chinese Medicine PractitionerYesYes
Traditional Maori Health Practitioner  
Training and Development Professional Yes
Transport Company ManagerYesYes
Transport EngineerYesYes
Travel Agency Manager Yes
Travel Attendants nec Yes
Tribunal Member  
Trust Officer Yes
Turf Grower Yes
University LecturerYesYes
University Tutor Yes
Urban and Regional PlannerYesYes
Vascular SurgeonYesYes
Vegetable GrowerYesYes
Vehicle Body BuilderYesYes
Vehicle PainterYesYes
Vehicle TrimmerYesYes
Veterinary NurseYesYes
Video ProducerYesYes
Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals nec Yes
Vocational Education TeacherYesYes
Wall and Floor TilerYesYes
Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer Yes
Web AdministratorYesYes
Web DesignerYesYes
Web DeveloperYesYes
Welder (First Class)YesYes
Welfare Centre ManagerYesYes
Welfare WorkerYesYes
Wholesaler Yes
Wine MakerYesYes
Wood MachinistYesYes
Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers necYesYes
Wood Turner Yes
Wool Buyer Yes
Wool Classer Yes
Workplace Relations AdviserYesYes
Youth WorkerYesYes

A full list of eligible occupations can be found at the Department of Home Affairs website.

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