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Application Guide for Skilled Regional (489) visa

Preparing a successful application for skilled regional visa nomination

The following shows the steps and information required to apply for Victorian Government visa nomination for the Skilled Regional (489) visa.

Step 1 – Self assess

Step 2 – Eligibility

Step 3 – Documentation checklist

  • In order to complete the application form for visa nomination, a range of information and documentation is required. See the documentation checklist
  • You should only begin an online application form when you are ready with all the information you need, as you will only have 30 days to complete the application.

Step 4 – Apply for visa nomination

  • You can apply online for the Skilled Regional (489) visa from Apply for Visa Nomination. Make sure you include all relevant documentation with your online application.
  • We will respond to you by email within two weeks to confirm receipt of your application and advise your reference number. The average processing time is 12 weeks.
  • You may only submit one application form for the Skilled Regional (489) visa in a six month period.

If you are unable to apply online or for further information, contact us using these details:

Tel: +61 3 9651 9756 


Occupation restrictions

General Medical Practitioners (ANZSCO 253111) are excluded from Victorian visa nomination under the Skilled Regional visa due to restrictive registration requirements by the Australian Medical Council. For more information, visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Purchasing private health insurance

Skilled Regional (489) visa holders are not entitled to receive public health benefits. The Skilled and Business Migration Program requires applicants to purchase private health insurance prior to arrival in Victoria. The following is a list of some large health insurers that have options available for temporary residents such as Skilled Regional visa holders. Other providers are available so you should research your options to ensure that you find a reputable service that is appropriate for you and your family.