No minimum income requirement – Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191)

The Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa in the Regional Provisional Stream is the pathway to permanent residence for eligible holders of the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (subclass 494) visas.

There is no minimum income requirement for the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191), as there is no legislative instrument in place specifying a minimum income threshold for this visa.

Primary applicants must provide notices of assessment issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for three income years out of the five years of their eligible visa.  Primary applicants who have already lodged should check and ensure their application provides these three notices.

The Australian Government is committed to a simpler migration system that serves our national interest and which helps migrants already living and working in Australia with the skills that Australia needs to thrive by providing clarity on their prospects for permanent residence.

For further information please visit the website of the Department of Home Affairs: Immigration and citizenship (


1 July 2023 - Changes update

Legislative changes

  • TSMIT increase to $70,000-Legislative Instrument not yet released
  • NZ SCV holders PR for Citizenship purposes.
  • VAC increases as per the Budget - Legislative Instrument not yet released.

Home Affairs announced changes

Many changes related to COVID concessions will end on 1 July 2023.

Graduate Subclass 485 visas

  • 485 Graduate work stream must nominate an occupation on the list as per Schedule 1, Item 1229(3)(k) and (ka), unless a new legislative instrument is released that extends this date. As yet there has been no indication that a new legislative instrument will be released.
  • 485 Graduate work stream will require a skills assessment as per Schedule 2, Reg 485.223 from that date
  • 485 Post Study work stream extended work rights and 2 year extension. For further information: Department of Education website

Student visas

  • Condition 8104 work rights relaxation will be removed, unless the Student VH was working in the aged care sector on 9 May 2023, with this reverting to the normal working restrictions on 31 December 2023.
  • For all other Student VH the 40 hour per fortnight work restriction will be increased to 48 hours on 1 July 2023. See: Home Affairs website

Subclass 407 secondary visa holders

  • Work rights for secondary VH will revert to 40 hours per fortnight on 1 July 2023. The MIA is waiting on clarification as to whether this will also increase to 48 hours, in line with the student visa increase.

Subclass 482 - Short term stream

  • Third Subclass 482 ST stream visas can only be applied for onshore until 1 July 2023, as per Sch 1, Item 1240(3A), unless a new legislative instrument is released that extends this date. To date, there have only been media articles reporting that this limit on the ST stream will be removed. See Home Affairs website

Subclass 417 for UK citizens

  • WHV age limit for UK citizens will increase in age to 35 years on 1 July
  • Note, changes to eligibility to apply for a second or third WHV do not commence until 1 July 2024. Further information: Home Affairs website