2 Changes to New South Wales' 491 Regional Visa



The NSW government has announced 2 important changes to the nomination criteria for the 491 regional visa.

What are these changes and what do they mean for you? The changes include an update on the eligible streams and the occupation list.


Here's all the important bits you need to know, including the occupations that have been removed and added for each regional area.



Eligible streams update


"Stream 3:Living and working outside of regional NSW" has been removed. The categories covered under this stream were:

  1. Job offer in regional NSW

  2. Offshore applicants with minimum 5 years skilled employment experience

  3. family ties in regional NSW


Unfortunately, this means if you fall into this stream, you cannot apply for the 491 NSW state nomination.

Occupations update


Below is a list of all the new occupations that have been added for each regional area as well as occupations that have been removed. Please not this is not the full list, these are only the changes.


Central Coast - occupations removed


233211 Civil Engineer

233212 Geotechnical Engineer

233214 Structural Engineer

233215 Transport Engineer

233511 Industrial Engineer

233513 Production or Plant Engineer

254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)

254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

261311 Analyst Programmer

261312 Developer Programmer

263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer

312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson

312212 Civil Engineering Technician


Central Coast - occupations added ✅


133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing)

134212 Nursing Clinical Director

141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager

241111 Early Childhood Teacher

251513 Retail Pharmacist

252411 Occupational Therapist

252511 Physiotherapist

254311 Nurse Manager

254411 Nurse Practitioner (newly added for central coast)

272311 Clinical Psychologist

272511 Social Worker

272613 Welfare Worker

321111 Automotive Electrician

321211 Motor Mechanic (General)

321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic

322313 Welder (First Class)

323213 Fitter-Welder

331212 Carpenter

331213 Joiner

334111 Plumber (General)

341111 Electrician (General)

351111 Baker

351311 Chef

351411 Cook

394111 Cabinetmaker

252912 Speech pathologist


Central West - occupations removed


233211 Civil Engineer

233212 Geotechnical Engineer

233512 Mechanical Engineer

233999 Engineering Professionals nec

254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)

254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)

254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical)

254499 Registered Nurses nec

261311 Analyst Programmer

261312 Developer Programmer

261313 Software Engineer

263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer


Central West - occupations added ✅


133111 Construction Project Manager

133211 Engineering Manager

133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing)

135112 ICT Project Manager

141311 Hotel or Motel Manager

221111 Accountant (General)

221213 External Auditor

233111 Chemical Engineer

233112 Materials Engineer

233311 Electrical Engineer

233511 Industrial Engineer

233513 Production or Plant Engineer

233611 Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum)

234112 Agricultural Scientist

234711 Veterinarian

261111 ICT business Analyst

261112 Systems Analyst

262112 ICT Security Specialist

312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson

321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic

322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker

322313 Welder (First Class)

323211 Fitter (General)

323212 Fitter and Turner

323214 Metal Machinist (First Class)

331111 Bricklayer

331112 Stonemason

333411 Wall and Floor Tiler

334111 Plumber (General)

351111 Baker

351112 Pastrycook

351311 Chef

233914 Engineering Technologist


Sydney - occupations removed


254411 Nurse Practitioner (removed)


Sydney - occupations added ✅


139912 Environmental Manager

141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager

233212 Geotechnical Engineer

233311 Electrical Engineer

254499 Registered Nurses nec

272511 Social Worker

322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker

331111 Bricklayer

331211 Carpenter and Joiner

333411 Wall and Floor Tiler

334111 Plumber (General)


Hunter - occupations removed


133211 Engineering Manager

233212 Geotechnical Engineer

233214 Structural Engineer

233215 Transport Engineer

233511 Industrial Engineer

233513 Production or Plant Engineer

233912 Agricultural Engineer

233913 Biomedical Engineer

233916 Naval Architect

254416 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)

254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)

254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)


Hunter - occupations added ✅


221111 Accountant (General)

233611 Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum)

234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist

253999 Medical Practitioners nec

262113 Systems Administrator

322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker

322311 Metal Fabricator

351311 Chef

351411 Cook

361112 Horse Trainer

511112 Program or Project Administrator


Illawarra - occupations removed


254416 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)


Illawarra - occupations added ✅


133111 Construction Project Manager

133211 Engineering Manager

133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing)

233211 Civil Engineer

233311 Electrical Engineer

254111 Midwife

254413 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)

254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health)

254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)

254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)

254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)

254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical)

254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatric)

254499 Registered Nurses nec

261312 Developer Programmer

312212 Civil Engineering Technician

322311 Metal Fabricator

323213 Fitter-Welder

342111 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

351112 Pastrycook

351311 Chef

351411 Cook


Mid North Coast - occupations removed


254416 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)

254499 Registered Nurses nec

254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)


Mid North Coast - occupations added ✅


133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing)

141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager

141311 Hotel or Motel Manager

224711 Management Consultant

225113 Marketing Specialist

232411 Graphic Designer

233511 Industrial Engineer

233512 Mechanical Engineer

233513 Production or Plant Engineer

233916 Naval Architect

233999 Engineering Professionals nec

234111 Agricultural Consultant

234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist

234999 Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec

251411 Optometrist

252511 Physiotherapist

253917 Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist

254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)

254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)

254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical)

254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatric)

311213 Medical Laboratory Technician

312212 Civil Engineering Technician

312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

321111 Automotive Electrician

321211 Motor Mechanic (General)

321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic

321213 Motorcycle Mechanic

321214 Small Engine Mechanic

322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker