Find out the new designated regional area postcodes

The Department of Home Affairs recently released the new designated regional postcodes. The new definition has three classifications:

  • Major cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
  • Cities and Major Regional Centres: Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Wollongong, Illawarra, Geelong, Hobart
  • Regional centres and other regional areas: all other locations

With the exception of Major cities, the regional classifications will have access to the following:

  • Regional occupation lists
  • Priority processing on regional visas
  • Access regional points for study purposes as well as state and territory nomination and family nomination.
  • Additional period on post-study visas for international students (International students who study in Cities and Major Regional Centres will be eligible to access an additional year on their post-study visa and international students who study at other regional areas will be eligible to access additional two years on their post-study visa).

The new postcodes are as follows:

State or Territory

Category

Postcodes

New South Wales

Cities and major regional centres

2259, 2264 to 2308, 2500 to 2526, 2528 to 2535 and 2574

New South Wales

Regional centres and other regional areas

2250 to 2258, 2260 to 2263, 2311 to 2490, 2527, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2753 to 2754, 2756 to 2758 and 2773 to 2898

Victoria

Cities and major regional centres

3211 to 3232, 3235, 3240, 3328, 3330 to 3333, 3340 and 3342

Victoria

Regional centres and other regional areas

3097 to 3099, 3139, 3233 to 3234, 3236 to 3239, 3241 to 3325, 3329, 3334, 3341, 3345 to 3424, 3430 to 3799, 3809 to 3909, 3912 to 3971 and 3978 to 3996

Queensland

Cities and major regional centres

4207 to 4275, 4517 to 4519, 4550 to 4551, 4553 to 4562, 4564 to 4569 and 4571 to 4575

Queensland

Regional centres and other regional areas

4124 to 4125, 4133, 4183 to 4184, 4280 to 4287, 4306 to 4498, 4507, 4552, 4563, 4570 and 4580 to 4895

Western Australia

Cities and major regional centres

6000 to 6038, 6050 to 6083, 6090 to 6182, 6208 to 6211, 6214 and 6556 to 6558

Western Australia

Regional centres and other regional areas

All postcodes in Western Australia not mentioned in 'Cities and major regional centres' category above

South Australia

Cities and major regional centres

5000 to 5171, 5173 to 5174, 5231 to 5235, 5240 to 5252, 5351 and 5950 to 5960

South Australia

Regional centres and other regional areas

All postcodes in South Australia not mentioned in 'Cities and major regional centres' category above

Tasmania

Cities and major regional centres

7000, 7004 to 7026, 7030 to 7109, 7140 to 7151 and 7170 to 7177

Tasmania

Regional centres and other regional areas

All postcodes in Tasmania not mentioned in 'Cities and major regional centres' category above

Australian Capital Territory

Cities and major regional centres

All postcodes in the Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory

Regional centres and other regional areas

None

Northern Territory

Cities and major regional centres

None

Northern Territory

Regional centres and other regional areas

All postcodes in the Northern Territory

Norfolk Island

Cities and major regional centres

None

Norfolk Island

Regional centres and other regional areas

All postcodes in Norfolk Island

Other Territories

Cities and major regional centres

None

Other Territories

Regional centres and other regional areas

All postcodes in a Territory other than the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory or Norfolk Island