What postcodes are applicable in Western Australia to meet the
SHEV pathway requirements?
To satisfy the SHEV pathway requirements in Western Australia, you must work without receiving special benefit payments and/or study full time within one of the following postcodes which are within the regions shown in orange on the map below:
6041 to 6044;
6083 to 6084;
6121 to 6126; and
6200 to 6799.
The Commonwealth Government is responsible for advising on nominated areas eligible for the SHEV program.
Refer to the Department of Home Affairs website for
up to date information.
Will I be able to live/work/study in Perth or any other parts of Western Australia which are not nominated regional areas?
Yes. However, if you do not work or study in a SHEV regional area, you will not satisfy the SHEV pathway requirements to be eligible to apply for a prescribed substantive onshore visa (but not a permanent protection visa).
What happens if I began working and/or studying in a regional area
that was previously nominated under the SHEV program, but has now opted out?
If you have already started working and/or studying in that regional area, you can continue to do so and it will count towards meeting the SHEV pathway requirements.
Is each member of my family required to work (without receiving
special benefit payments) and/or study full time in regional Australia
to meet the SHEV pathway requirements?
No. To be eligible to apply for a prescribed substantive onshore visa, you and members of your family unit granted a SHEV will need to either:
meet the SHEV pathway requirements individually and apply separately for a prescribed substantive onshore visa (provided the application requirements for that visa are met); or
meet the SHEV pathway requirements and include your family as dependent applicants in the prescribed substantive onshore visa application (provided the application requirements for that visa are met); or
have a member of your family unit who has met the pathway requirements include you in the prescribed substantive onshore visa application as a dependent applicant (provided the application requirements for that visa are met).
What Government benefits will I be eligible for while on a SHEV?
You can access any social security benefits you are eligible for whilst on a SHEV; however, some will affect meeting your SHEV pathway requirements. The benefits that SHEV holders can receive while working and still have that work count towards the SHEV pathway requirements are:
Family Tax Benefit A and B;
Single Income Family Supplement;
Double Orphan Pension;
Parental Leave Pay (work test requirements);
Dad and Partner Pay (work test requirements);
Health Care Card (Family Tax Benefit);
Child Care Benefit/Child Care Rebate;
School Kids Bonus;
Child Dental Benefits Schedule;
Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance;
Stillborn Baby Payment; and
Low Income Health Care Card.
See the Department of Home Affairs website for further information.
Where can I get further information on the SHEV program?
Further information on the SHEV program, including school funding and income support is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.