20 Dec 2019

Perth: Australia’s international students hub

With the Federal Government’s recent classification of Perth as a ‘regional’ area for visa and migration purposes, the city is set to become a more attractive destination for international students.

International students are now able to access regional incentives if they choose to undertake their study in Perth. This includes:

An extra year to work in Australia on a Post-study Visa;

Scholarships worth $15,000 to study as an international student and;

A Permanent Residence (PR) pathway after living and working in Perth for three years on a Subclass 494 Skilled Regional Visa;

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann believes the incentives will attract more international students to study in Perth, with flow-on benefits for the WA economy.

Mr Cormann said, “That additional year of post-study work by international students who choose Perth will not only benefit students with work experience, income and post-study financial stability, but also help drive stronger economic growth.”

The regional incentives are great news for international students from around the world who would like to study, live and start their career in Australia. The extra year available on a Post Study Visa will particularly make it easier for international students to gain work after their studies.

The changes are likely to result in more international students choosing to study in Perth rather than Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Unlike Perth, these larger cities remain classified as major metropolitan areas and therefore do not provide access to regional incentives.

Perth currently has five world-class universities:

University of Western Australia

Curtin University of Technology

Edith Cowan University

Murdoch University

University of Notre Dame

Perth’s regional classification also benefits applicants for Australia’s independent points-tested visas. This is because living and working in a regional area provides applicants access to extra points.

Am I eligible for a Student Visa in Australia?

Immigracious’ Registered Migration Agents can help you understand if you are eligible to apply for a Student Visa and can advise on the application process.

If you have determined a course you would like to study, simply contact our Registered Migration Agents on 08 6263 4406 or for a pre-assessment of your visa options.


Media Release – Senator Mathias Cormann
Migration Institute of Australia

Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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