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Benefits of studying in Regional Area

  • Additional 5 points for Skilled Migration for living and studying in regional area for 2 years

  • Comparatively less required points to receive PR invitation

  • Additional points from the State (Up to 15 points)

  • Possible option to apply for Residency through DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreements) program.

  • Up to 4 Years of Temporary Graduate Visa (TR 485)

Which are considered regional area?

Metro cities like Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Tasmania all are considered Regional area. Also near by places from  Melbourne CBD such as Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Pakenham all are considered Regional Area. Similarly, Woolongong, which is located very close to Canberra and Sydney is also considered as a regional area.

Study options in Regional area
You can now study,

  • Diploma of Nursing

  • Accredited Diploma of Community Service

  • Cookery

  • Automotive Technology and other Trade courses

  • In-demand Bachelor and Master courses in regional areas.

RACC Australia is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN1572961) as well an Education Agent with more than 15 years of experience assisting students and migrants. We assist applicants both from onshore (Australia) and overseas. 
You can explore our consultation options, and book zoom/phone/WhatsApp(call) or, in-person consultation via this link:

We do not charge any service fee for student visa application. Our student visa consultation sessions are FREE both for onshore and overseas applicants. You can book a session at your preferred time via this link

Temporary Graduate visa holders (post-study workstream) who have graduated from a regional educational institution and have lived in regional Australia on their 1st Temporary Graduate Visa will be eligible for a 2nd Temporary Graduate Visa.


The Visa condition will require ongoing residence in a regional area. 

The applicant must live and study in the designated area in the study and Temporary Graduate Visa period.


3 Categories have been specified for Temporary Graduate Visa (TR 485) Eligibility:

Study in Regional Victoria

Category 1

  • Regular Temporary Graduate Visa Duration continues.

  • ‘Major Cities’ of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane do not receive any regional incentives

Category 2

  • 1 additional Year of Temporary Graduate Visa (TR 485)

  • Classified Designated Areas for ‘Category 2’: Cities and Major Regional Centres’ of Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart

Category 3

  • 2 additional  Years of Temporary Graduate Visa (TR 485)

  • Up to 5 Years of Temporary Graduate Visa TR 485

  • Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas

  •  Dedicated 11,200 regional places are under dedicated Category 3

Migration overhaul

Following the Migration review at the end of 2023, Immigration Minister announced soon to be implemented changes and proposed key strategies for a Migration overhaul. Following the announcement, there was a relatively small invitation round for subclass 189 and subclass 491 (Family sponsored visa) on December 2023. However, multiple states have been consistent on running invitation rounds. There was a subclass 190 and 491 invitation round from Victoria earlier this week.

Learn more about the upcoming changes in migration and student visa category and a review of the migration strategy:

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