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The Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) arrangements commenced in Queensland on 27 October 2016.

SHEVs provide an opportunity for eligible asylum seekers to progress to permanent residency by working and/or studying in regional areas. 

The Australian Government is responsible for immigration decisions, including the granting of SHEVs. The Queensland Government has worked with the Australian Government to implement the SHEV arrangements in Queensland.

For the purpose of SHEV arrangements, ‘regional’ includes all postcodes in Queensland other than Brisbane and Gold Coast City Council postcodes. More information, including a list of eligible postcodes is available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website. This website also includes useful resources and details of SHEV pathway requirements.

Australian Government announcement to apply for a TPV or SHEV by 1 October 2017

On 21 May 2017, the Australian Government announced that all illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs) who are seeking protection in Australia and arrived on or after 13 August 2012 and before 1 January 2014 must lodge their application for a TPV or SHEV before 1 October 2017.

Australian Government funded telephone interpreter assistance

Australian Government funded telephone interpreter assistance is now available to IMAs who have not lodged an application through Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National). Access has been provided for up to four (4) hours support for each adult IMA.

More information, including frequently asked questions about the announcement and information in several languages to help lodge a TPV or SHEV application is available from Department of Immigration and Border Protection.