Regional Sponsorship provides migrants with additional visa options for most categories of Visa.
It allows for the individual regions to play an active role in sponsoring individual migrants that are needed for their particular region, to aid regional development and help supply the skill needs of regional employers.
These programmes are designed to address the special circumstances of rural and regional Australia.
In general the programs are designed to attract young, skilled, English speaking migrants to areas of Australia where they are most needed. Generally, skilled migrants are under 45 years of age, have functional English, diploma level qualifications or above and relevant work experience.