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Safe Haven Enterprise Visa Scheme

Safe Haven Enterprise Visa Information

The Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (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.

More information about the SHEV can be obtained from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

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 study.

Tasmania is a dynamic and diverse society with a rich cultural, religious and linguistic heritage of which Tasmanians are proud. Resettling refugees is a proud and important part of Tasmania’s humanitarian history.

However it can be 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.

The Tasmanian Government is investing up to $1.2 million over four years to establish a Safe Haven Hub in Tasmania. The Hub provides a first point of contact for people coming to Tasmania to work or study under the SHEV scheme.

A 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.

Find out more about the Safe Haven Hub.

Living in Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government considers the diversity of its people as a key asset for the state. The resilience and resourcefulness of refugees and migrants has made a major contribution to Tasmania’s economy.

Tasmania is a liveable place where balancing work, family life and recreation is far easier than in major population centres.

Housing is affordable, good schooling is available and there are a range of supports in place for bringing up children which offer a wide range of family centred support and activities.

The State offers easy and safe access to public open spaces including walkways, cycleways, trails, beaches, rivers and other recreational environments, and sporting clubs.

There are a number of growth industries in Tasmania looking for skilled workers, including agriculture, aquaculture, tourism, hospitality and the disability care sectors.