Perth to be classified as regional area

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As of 16th November 2019, the 187 regional visa will be abolished and two new visas will be introduced: the Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional Visa (Subclass 494) and the Skilled Work Regional Visa (Subclass 491). Those new skilled provisional visas will be available to skilled migrants and their dependent families who wish to live and work in Regional Australia, which includes all of Australia except for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth. If you live or work in the metropolitan areas, you will be in breach of your provisional visa conditions and not be eligible to apply for PR visa later. 
We believe this policy will have negative impact on WA's already weakened economy. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, WA was the only state to record a negative net migration figure in 2016-17. WA's local housing market records its lowest level of property transactions in 2018 since 1990. We need migrants to create jobs and stimulate the economic growth. Apart from that, being excluded from the regional areas, Perth has been at disadvantage in relation to attracting international students to the state. WA's intake of foreign fee-paying students drops and as the state loses regional status and caused a $2bn blow to the economy. 
We strongly encourage the government to reconsider putting Perth back to regional area.