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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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;

  • 6076;

  • 6083 to 6084;

  • 6111;

  • 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 Immigration and Border Protection 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 (pro​vided 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 Immigration and Border Protection 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 Immigration and Border Protection website​​.​​