Many Occupations Added To The 489 Regional Occupation List In Australia

20 Jun 2018


There were a few changes in the program for employer sponsors, and now it is followed by changes to the List of Regional Occupations for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) subclass 489 visa.

In the R.O.L. there will be an addition of 59 occupations. Here the following are also added which were erased from lists in 2017:

  • Human Resource Advisor
  • Policy Analyst
  • Procurement Manager
  • Vocational Education Teacher
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Technician
  • Translator
  • Financial Institution Branch Manager
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Safety Inspector
  • Pathology Collector

This development is positive for Specialists in HR   who did not have a path for migration. Moreover, adding of Policy Analyst will benefit the professionals, who work in the sphere of Academic, Policy and Research who previously found it tough to get employer sponsorship.

The subclass 489 is a temporary /provisional visa, which has 4 years validity and also offers a path to the Skilled Regional subclass 887 visa, which is the PR Visa. Such visa holder has to meet applicable criteria. Moreover they need to maintain residence in a regional area of the country for 2 years, while working for 35 hours in a week in an occupation, located in a regional area for 12 months.


Conventionally, skilled overseas nationals make a transition from Graduate Work or a Student visa or from the Post Study Work visa, and gain PR in the General Skilled Migration program. They have the options of Skilled Nominated subclass 190 or Skilled Independent subclass 189 visa. Today it is more and more difficult for them to get the invitations from the Government, to file the applications seeking subclass 189/190. This is a risk to maintain their legal immigration.

The benefits of filing a subclass 489 visa application are:

Increasing the points score for Australia State Nomination

The pass benchmark is 60 points which includes points in State nomination. In instances seeing more demand than supply, the applicant needs a better point score for increasing the chance to get a Government invitation, before they make  the visa application.

Increase the processing time

There are several instances where invitations to apply for a 489 visa are issued quickly, if the nominated region is agreeable for sponsoring the applicant.

Work experience for the subclass 887 visa

The regional work experience essential to meet criteria for the 887 visa can happen in any occupation and can also include doing casual jobs. The requirement is that the combined employment hours must be equal to 35 hours per week.

No points Test Requirement - Subclass 887 visa

Making a transition to the 887 visa does not require passing a points test to get the permanent stage of the 489 visa. However, the candidates must meet the legislative criteria.

No Requirement English language  - subclass 887 visa

Making a transition to the 887 visa does not require passing an English language requirement.

No age limitation - subclass 887

Making a transition to the 887 visa does not require the applicant to be below 45 years of age, at the time of application.

We give the list of 489 R.O.L. occupations here:

  1. Horse Breeder
  2. Public Relations Manager
  3. Policy And Planning Manager
  4. Project Builder
  5. Procurement Manager
  6. Medical Administrator
  7. Regional Education Manager
  8. Sports Administrator
  9. Caravan Park And Camping Ground Manager
  10. Post Office Manager
  11. Amusement Centre Manager
  12. Fitness Centre Manager
  13. Sports Centre Manager
  14. Cinema Or Theatre Manager
  15. Financial Institution Branch Manager
  16. Human Resource Adviser
  17. Workplace Relations Adviser
  18. Policy Analyst
  19. Liaison Officer
  20. Market Research Analyst
  21. Aeroplane Pilot
  22. Flying Instructor
  23. Helicopter Pilot
  24. Ship's Master
  25. Multimedia Designer
  26. Wine Maker
  27. Conservation Officer
  28. Exercise Physiologist
  29. Vocational Education Teacher
  30. Environmental Health Officer
  31. Intellectual Property Lawyer
  32. Translator
  33. Community Arts Worker
  34. Agricultural Technician
  35. Operating Theatre Technician
  36. Pathology Collector
  37. Construction Estimator
  38. Surveying Or Spatial Science Technician
  39. Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
  40. Safety Inspector
  41. Maintenance Planner
  42. Building And Engineering Technicians
  43. Vehicle Painter
  44. Floor Finisher
  45. Electrical Lines worker
  46. Zookeeper
  47. Nurseryperson
  48. Gas Or Petroleum Operator
  49. Dental Hygienist
  50. Dental Therapist
  51. Emergency Service Worker
  52. Driving Instructor
  53. Funeral Workers
  54. Flight Attendant
  55. First Aid Trainer
  56. Jockey
  57. Clinical Coder
  58. Property Manager
  59. Real Estate Representative

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