The Commonwealth Government has started to invite people who arrived in Australia before 1 January 2014 illegally by boat to apply for protection visas.
There are two types of protection visas available for people who arrived in Australia illegally and the Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) (subclass 790) allows those granted this visa to remain in Australia for five years.
If you are a SHEV holder and have been working without accessing special benefit payments and/or studying full time for at least three and a half years in a nominated* area in regional Australia; and are assessed by the Commonwealth Government to meet the SHEV pathway requirements, you may be eligible to apply for a prescribed substantive onshore visa (but not a permanent protection visa).
*Nominated areas in Western Australia
The following postcodes are the nominated areas in regional Western Australia:
6041 to 6044;
6083 to 6084;
6121 to 6126; and
6200 to 6799.
These nominated postcode areas are within the regions shown in orange on the map below.
Perth and surrounding areas are excluded in addition to some very remote areas in the Pilbara and Goldfields-Esperance regions.
The Commonwealth Government is responsible for advising on nominated areas eligible for the SHEV program.
Refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for
up to date information.
Visit the Regional Western Australia section for more information about major towns and cities, industries, and education and training options in the regional areas.
Regional Career Centres
Regional career centres provide career guidance and information on what services, employment opportunities or study opportunities exist within the regions. This information may help you to decide which nominated regional area is suitable for you.
The Office of Multicultural Interests website provides a list of Western Australian agencies that may provide you with assistance or services.
Schools in Western Australia
There are three main types of schools available in Western Australia:
For more information on the SHEV program, view the Frequently asked questions page, Stakeholders fact sheet and SHEV holders fact sheet or visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
For more information on settling in Western Australia, visit the
Settlement Services section.