The Australian Government has announced two new provisional visa categories and a new permanent visa, effective November 2019.
The provisional visas will consist of a Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional visa which will require sponsorship by an employer in a regional area, and a Skilled Work Regional visa, which will require nomination by a state or territory government, or sponsorship by an eligible family member located in a regional area.
The employer-sponsored visa will have priority processing and a list of around 700 occupations that can be sponsored. 9000 have been allocated to this visa in the 2019/20 program. It is expected that the Skilled Work Regional visa will have a list of around 500 eligible occupations, with 14,000 places allocated in 2019/20.