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the scheme SHEV holders are required to work in regional Australia without
accessing income support (Special Benefit payment) or study full-time in
regional Australia, or undertake a combination of work and study, for at
least three and a half years (or 42 months) of their visa, to be eligible to
apply for other substantive visas, including permanent visas (but not Permanent
Protection visas), provided they meet the application criteria for those visas.
All of Tasmania qualifies as a regional area.
The Tasmanian Government encourages people who have been granted the SHEV, or
who are waiting a determination, to consider relocating to Tasmania to work or
The Tasmanian Government recognises that it may difficult for new arrivals to
know who to contact and how to go about finding accommodation, education, local
services and employment, and participating in the community.
To respond to these issues, the Government has invested $1.2 million over
four years to establish a Safe Haven Hub in Tasmania.
A particular focus of the Hub is to work with industry councils, employers, jobactive
and training providers to fill labour shortages, particularly in growth areas
of the Tasmanian economy.
For more information please visit the Safe Haven Hub website.