As of 27 October 2016, the Government has released some news which we believe is significant not just to our clients, but for those in our community who are currently seeking asylum in Australia through the ‘Fast Track’ process.

We are happy to announce that most states and territories have signed up to Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) scheme and the Australian Government has confirmed which postcodes are specified as regional areas.

As of 27 October 2016, the Safe Haven Enterprise visa (SHEV) arrangements have officially expanded to the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria. These states have now joined NSW and Tasmania, who had joined the arrangements in 2015.

As you might be aware, to meet the pathway requirements of the visa, holders of the 5 year SHEV must work and/or study in a specified regional area for a minimum of 3½ years.

In Victoria, these are some of the postcodes are eligible for SHEV holders:

  1. Geelong and Surrounding Suburbs (3211-3227) – Includes Geelong and South Geelong, Lara, Corio, Clifton Springs, Port Arlington, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Winchelsea. – This area is a comparable developed satellite city to Melbourne, and is a developed area with an easy commute from Melbourne. Good schools, universities, established.
  2. Apollo Bay and Wye River (3233) – These areas have employment prospects predominantly in the hospitality and tourism industries, with potential in the future for agricultural jobs as well.
  3. Colac (3250) – This area has good schools, and its main industry is agriculture and timber. It has a strong manufacturing background with Bulla Dairy Foods, as well as wood the industry.
  4. Mildura (3256): This is a regional City north-west of Melbourne on the Murray River and is a farming region, with its key industries being sheep and grapes.
  5. Warrnambool (3280) and Surrounding Suburbs (3266 – Scotts Creek, 3273 – Hexham, 3277 – Allansford. 3281 – Harcourt, 3282 – Koroit, 3284 – Port Fairy, 3285 – Narrawong)
  6. Melton and Surrounding Suburbs (3340) – These areas are approximately 35 km from Melbourne.
  7. Nhill (3418) – Located in the Wimmera region, in Western Victoria. Tourism is a major industry in this area.
  8. Daylesford (3460) – A very popular tourist destination boasting a large wine region.
  9. Ballarat (3350) and Surrounding Suburbs (3322-3323 – Cressey, 3324 – Lismore, 3345 – Gordon) – These areas have good support services for asylum seekers and refugees, with the main economy being tourism, hospitality, retail, education and professional services.
  10. Stawell (3380) – Main industry is mining, manufacturing, retail and tourism.
  11. South East and Surrounding Suburbs- Warrugal, Sale, Traralgon

The complete list of postcodes which are specified as regional areas are available at the following website:

It is not compulsory for applicants to live in a regional area at the time they apply or after they have been granted a SHEV. There are no penalties for visa applicants who apply for a SHEV with the intention to work and/or study in ‘regional Australia’ but do not.

However, please note that any work and/or study not done in one of the stipulated designated areas, will not count towards the SHEV pathway requirements. This will mean that you will not meet the requirements to apply for a visa other than a TPV or another SHEV.

If you meet the pathway requirements, you will be allowed to apply for another visa including work visas, study visas and family visas. You still need to meet the criteria for one of these visas and there is no guarantee you will be granted another visa.

If you would like further information about the SHEV or migration options if you hold a SHEV please contact our head office on 03 8630 3380.