Riverina Skilled Migration Program

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RDA-Riverina was authorised as a gazetted Regional Certifying Body (RCB) as of November 2009, appointed by the Minister for Immigration for the purposes of the Migration Act.

Image Credit - The Last Run - Jamie Blair

Image Credit - The Last Run - Jamie Blair

The Australian Government has announced changes to our immigration program to strengthen our economy and boost our regional areas. The changes include:

  • two new Skilled Regional Provisional visas. Full details will be provided when advised.

  • a new permanent resident visa for new regional provisional visa holders

  • a simplified definition of regional Australia for skilled migration purposes

  • additional points under the Skilled Migration Points Test for migrants nominated to live and work in regional Australia

  • extra options for international students who graduate from regional universities

Department of Home Affairs have made these changes to will help get the right skills into the right regions to support regional businesses and ensure local communities thrive. The link to this information provided by Department of Home Affairs can be found in each visa category below.

RDA-Riverina invites skilled migrants to enjoy the lifestyle of regional Australia by applying for sponsorship to live and work in the Riverina region under either the individual Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 visa  (new visa being introduced by Department of Home Affairs on 16 November 2019) or the Employer Nominated Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visa (RSMS). The RSMS visa enables regional employers to sponsor overseas skilled workers and employ them to work in skilled vacant positions which cannot be filled using the local labour market.

Under the subclass 491 visa, the RCB will assist overseas skilled workers wishing to migrate to Australian through the NSW State Regional nomination.

Under the RSMS visa, the RCB assists employers to permanently employ overseas skilled workers by assessing the Employer Nomination applications which are submitted to the Department of Home Affairs. 

NB: Assessing and nominating of applications by the RCB can take up to 6 weeks, so applicants need to consider this when submitting their application.

For more information, or to apply, visit Skill Select

RDA-Riverina RCB is able to provide information only in the scope of the relevant schemes, noted above, that are specifically directed at attracting Skilled Migrants to regional Australia. Advice on general migration matters cannot be provided.

For enquiries regarding Regional Skilled Visas contact RDA-Riverina’s Skilled Migration Officer, Faye Anderson - migration@rdariverina.org.au
Office Hours: Monday to Wednesday 9.00am-5.00pm

Additional Information

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)

New regional visas are being introduced on 16th November 2019 “click here” to find out more. We will update our website to reflect these changes closer to this time.

This visa will be referred to as the Subclass 494 visa.

RDA-Riverina provides an assessment for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa as a Regional Certifying Body (RCB). This visa enables skilled migrants to work for a regional employer for a minimum of two years and enjoy the lifestyle of regional Australia.

The program aims to attract young, skilled, English speaking migrants to areas of Australia where they are most needed. Generally, skilled migrants are under 45 years of age, have competent English, at least diploma/trade level qualifications or above (nominated position must be an ANZSCO skill level 1-3 occupation) and relevant work experience.

Please visit the Department of Home Affairs website for further information

Before submitting a Employer Nomination with this office ensure the position is located in the Riverina region.  

If the nominee requires a Skills Assessment to be included with their visa application when submitting to the Department of Home Affairs please check with the Assessing Authority their time frame in processing the skills assessment as they may take up to six months to provide.

For more information, or to apply, visit SkillSelect

RDA-Riverina provides assistance to employers through its Skilled Migration Officer. Processing applications incurs an administration fee ($770 incl GST). For payment details send an email to the Skilled Migration Officer (see below).

NB: Please allow approximately one month for applications to be processed; therefore employers need to consider this when submitting their application. The employer may also be required to pay an additional fee to the Department of Home Affairs. See the Department of Home Affairs website above for details.

The following documents provide further information:

Please review this checklist before submitting an RSMS Nomination.

It is recommended that employers contact the RDA-Riverina Skilled Migration Officer, Faye Anderson –on either 02 5924 5861 or by email migration@rdariverina.org.au to discuss the details further. 
Office Hours: Monday to Wednesday 9.00am-5.00pm

Image Credit - Tiki Paton

Image Credit - Tiki Paton

Administration Fees

RDA-Riverina provides these services through its Skilled Migration Officer and an administration fee applies for assessing and processing applications. This amount is in addition to any Visa application fee payable to the Department of Home Affairs.

The fee for certification/nomination is as follows and is payable by cheque or direct deposit (credit cards not accepted). For bank details please send an email to the Riverina Skilled Migration Officer.

Effective from 1 July 2019 RDA Riverina Administration fees are:

RSMS Subclass 187 visa

  • AUD$770 (incl. GST)

Skilled Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 489 visa

The Administration Fee consists of two payments:-:

  • EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FEE: AUD$220.00 – to be paid at the same time as your EOI is submitted.

  • APPLICATION FEE: If successful with an invitation to apply with your full application the balance (from the Administration fee) of AUD$550.00 is expected to be paid.

    AUD$770.00 GST inclusive for onshore applicant;

    AUD$770.00 for offshore applicant;

    NB: Applications received for offshore applicants are GST free.

The Administration Fees are non-refundable.

Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489)

The Subclass 489 visa is now closed

New regional visas are being introduced on 16 November 2019 “click here” to find out more. We will update our website to reflect these changes closer to this time.

This visa will be referred to as the Subclass 491 visa.

About this visa

The new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa will enable eligible skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years. Visa holders will be eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence visa after three years. Applicants for this visa must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area and be invited to apply for the visa, following submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect.

RDA-Riverina welcomes overseas skilled workers to apply for regional nomination. Skill shortages exist in many parts of Australia, in particular regional Australia, which allows RDA-Riverina to nominate skilled workers to come to the Riverina. This is just one way the organisation is committed to addressing skill shortages and to enhance business development in the region.

The long-term objective is to encourage these people to stay in the region. This visa is valid for up to four years and after two years of living in regional Australia, including at least 12 months full time working in regional Australia, the nominated skilled workers can then apply for a permanent resident visa.

Am I eligible for this Visa?

To determine if you are likely to be eligible for nomination it is best to ensure that you:

  • Are willing to live and work in the Riverina Region

  • Meet the basic requirements set by the Department of Home Affairs

  • Be under 45 years of age when applying (provide a certified copy of passport).

  • Provide a certified copy of the English Language Test

  • Provide a certified copy of the Skills Assessment from the authorised Australian Assessing Authority.

  • Provide a current resume including all previous work experience with full dates of employment along with all Educational studies undertaken.

  • Have an occupation which is in demand in the Riverina region. View the Riverina Skills in Demand List below to see if your occupation is listed. Please check for any extra skill requirements for an occupation

  • Be able to pay the Administration Fee for the EOI of AUD$220.00 Incl GST and if invited to send full application and pay the balance of AUD$550.00 Incl.

Applications are assessed on a case by case basis depending on the region’s skills needs. We occasionally put a hold on some nominated occupations until the need increases so please keep an eye on this web site and skills list for any updates.

How do I apply for a Visa nomination?

If you fulfil the requirements above, are sure you meet all other visa eligibilities as set by Department of Home Affairs and nominate an occupation and any extra skills as per our Skills list and would like to apply, please read below for how the process to apply works.

Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489) are CURRENTLY CLOSED. Please do not send an “Expression of Interest” at this time. If you have any enquiries please contact our Skilled Migration Officer on migration@rdariverina.org.au.

  • An “Expression of Interest” for regional nomination includes a copy of your current CV/resume, certified copies of your English Language Test Report, Skills Assessment, and any other extra requirements as per our Skills List.
    This is not an application, and the Administration fee of AUD$220.00 incl GST must be paid.
    Once you have sent your EOI you will receive an automatic e-mail response containing payment details
    . Please send a copy of the payment advice to migration@rdariverina.org.au.
    If you require a receipt of your payment, please let us know by e-mail.

    Expressions of interest are assessed on a case by case basis. We cannot guarantee that your EOI will be accepted.

  • Our Skilled Migration Officer will then review your expression of interest and advise of your eligibility.

  • If your EOI has been reviewed and accepted you will be sent an email with the application details, including paperwork and final payment details.

  • You will then need to complete the NSW Form R, make the payment and send your application.

  • Your application will then be processed by RDA Riverina.

    While we make every effort to provide nomination to those who are invited to apply, we cannot guarantee that your application will lead to a positive outcome.

  • If approved, the signed NSW Form R will be forwarded to the NSW State Government. They will review our nomination to you to decide whether it is accepted.

  • If successful, an invitation from Department of Home Affairs SkillSelect will be sent to you to apply for the subclass 489 Visa.

  • RDA Riverina will advise you on your nomination outcome and if successful the signed NSW Form with be forwarded to you to include with your visa application.

  • If your visa has been granted you are required to contact our Skilled Migration Officer to advise of your plans to relocate to the Riverina region. We like to hear good news.

  • When you have relocated to our region, we request you to again advise our Skilled Migration officer. We may be able to assist in providing information to help you settle. Otherwise please complete our New Arrival Registration Form. “Click here”

Letter of Release
A “Release Letter”, for a 489 visa recipient who wishes to relocate from this region to another region is not required.  Please send an email to the Skilled Migration Officer to advise your efforts taken to relocate and to find employment or to remain in this region.  Permission to relocate may be given and helps our region to understand any difficulties associated with relocation or finding employment.  It also provides peace-of-mind when the needs to broaden job searches further afield into other regions and for when you will be applying for your Permanent Residency visa.

If you choose to work outside a regional area of Australia, it may affect your visa conditions.

Additional Information

Why choose the Riverina?

The Riverina is a dynamic region of Australia that boasts a diverse range of industries. You can find out more about the nature and extent of these industries within the RDA-Riverina website.

Further information on the Riverina and job opportunities can also be found on the following websites: