Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)

Features

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. It allows you to work in Australia under one of three streams:

  • the Temporary Residence Transition stream
  • the Direct Entry stream
  • the Agreement stream.

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia (regional Australia does not include the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong or Melbourne)
  • are younger than 50 years of age, unless you are exempt
  • meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements, unless you are exempt
  • apply under the stream for which you were nominated.

About this visa

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) is for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa program.

The visa is a permanent resident visa. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.

The visa has three streams:

  • The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination with us under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.

  • The Direct Entry stream is for:
    • People who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream
    • people who have never, or only briefl​y, worked in Australia
    • temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream; or
  • The Agreement stream is for people nominated by an employer through a labour agreement.

More information is available in the SkillSelect booklet (500kB PDF).​

Before you apply

You can apply for this visa only after you have been nominated by an employer in regional Australia – this means an area that is not in the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne.

Expression of interest

If you do not have an employer who will nominate you, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect. Prospective employers and state and territory governments can then view your details and decide whether to nominate you for skilled migration.

Your EOI must specify which stream you want to be considered for. No supporting documents are required at this time. You can lodge your EOI while you are in or outside Australia.

Information about business and employment in various states and territories is available:

No further stay

Contact us if you are not sure whether your current visa conditions prevent you from applying for a further visa while you are in Australia. Applicants holding substantive visas with no further stay condition may be able to lodge applications for this visa in certain circumstances.

Your passport

You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of our offices.

You might be able to update your passport details using ImmiAccount.

Cost

The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.

Second instalment

You will need to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge if you have less than functional English and you are a secondary applicant over 18 years of age or you are a primary applicant who was exempt from the English language requirement on the basis of high income. 

The second instalment of the visa application charge must be paid before a visa can be granted. The payment covers up to three years of English language instruction through the Adult Migrant English Program.

You will not need to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge if you were nominated as a minister of religion who does not have functional English, or you are a member of his or her family

Proof of functional English explains how you can demonstrate your language ability.

Other costs

You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

Visa applicants

This information tells you what you need to do to apply for a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187).

You can apply for this visa only after you have been nominated by your employer in Australia. You must lodge your application within six months of the nomination being approved. You must apply for the visa in the stream in which your employer nominated you or your visa application could be refused.

Who could get this visa

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer in regional Australia (outside of the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne) within six months before you apply
  • are under the age of 50 at time of application lodgement, unless you are exempt
  • at time of application lodgement, have the required skills and qualifications for the position you have been nominated for – you must hold any mandatory registration, license or professional membership, or you must already be fully assessed as suitable by the relevant body
  • at time of application lodgement, have appropriate English language skills for Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream and Direct Entry (DE) stream unless you are exempt
  • meet health and character requirements
  • meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.

Age requirements

If you are older than 50 years of age, you can still apply for this visa if you:

  • are nominated as a senior academic by a university in Australia
  • are nominated as a scientist, researcher or technical (scientific) specialist at ANZSCO skill level 1 or 2 by an Australian government scientific agency
  • are nominated as a minister of religion by a religious institution
  • are a medical practitioner (ANZSCO Minor Group 253) who has been working for your nominating employer as the holder of a Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) or Medical Practitioner (subclass 422) visa for at least four years immediately before applying, and the nominated position is located in regional Australia
  • are a medical practitioner who has been working for your nominating employer as the holder of a Subclass 422 visa before becoming the holder of a Subclass 457 visa for two years of the four years immediately before applying, and the nominated position is in regional Australia
  • are applying through the Direct Entry stream and you hold a Subclass 444 (New Zealand citizen) or Subclass 461 (New Zealand citizen's family member) visa and you have been working for the employer who nominated you for at least two years in the last three years immediately before applying
  • are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream, and you have been working for your nominating employer as the holder of a Subclass 457 visa for at least four years immediately before applying and that employer paid you at least as much as the Fair Work High Income Threshold in each of the four years.
  • are applying through the Agreement stream and the relevant labour agreement allows for a person who has turned 50 to be employed.

More information on these exemptions is in Classes of persons (Exempt from the Age Criteria).

English language requirements

You can show that your English is adequate by providing the following evidence at the time of application:

  • achieving the required International English Language Test Score (IELTS) either for the Temporary Residence Transition stream or the Direct Entry stream you are applying for in a test that has been conducted within three years immediately before lodgement of your application
  • scoring at least 'B' in each component of the Occupational English Test (OET) either for the Temporary Residence Transition stream or the Direct Entry stream in a test that has been conducted within three years immediately before lodgement of your application lodgement
  • holding a passport from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, the Republic of Ireland or New Zealand.

You might not need to show adequate English skills if you:

  • are to be employed by a religious institution and you were nominated as a minister of religion
  • have nominated earnings at least equivalent to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax (currently AUD180 001), however if you are not able to demonstrate that you have functional English, you will be required to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge.
  • are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream and:
    • have completed at least five years of full-time study in a secondary or higher education institution
    • all of the tuition was delivered in English.

More information on these exemptions is in Classes of persons (Exempt from the English Criteria).

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.

This applies to all dependent family members included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

You are able to organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

This also applies to all dependent family members in the application who are 16 years of age or older.

Temporary Residence Transition stream

You might be able to get this visa under the Temporary Residence Transition stream if:

At the time you make your application, you must provide evidence with your online application that:

  • you have at least vocational English (unless you are exempt from this requirement), which you can demonstrate if you:
    • have a score of at least 5 for each of the four test IELTS components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a test that has been conducted within three years immediately before lodgement of your application, or
    • have a score of at least 'B' in each of the four components of an Occupational English Test (OET) in a test that has been conducted within three years immediately prior to the date of lodgement of your application that is relevant to your occupation, or
    • hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland, or
    • have completed at least five years of full time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where all of the tuition was delivered in English
  • you have worked for two years in the position your employer nominated you for while you held your Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa as the visa holder who satisfied the primary criteria
  • your employer has nominated you for a permanent position under this stream and the nomination has been approved
  • you meet the requirements for health and character.

Your skills do not need to be assessed because you have already worked for your nominating employer for two years in Australia.

Direct Entry stream

You might be able to get this visa under the Direct Entry stream if one of the following applies to you:

  • have been nominated for a position under this stream and that nomination has been approved
  • you have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia
  • you hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) but do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream
  • you are applying directly from outside Australia.

At time of application lodgement, you must provide evidence with your online application that you:

  • have at least competent English (unless you are exempt from this requirement), which you can demonstrate if you:
    • have a score of at least 6 for each of the four test IELTS components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a test that has been conducted within three years immediately before lodgement of your application, or
    • have a score of at least 'B' in each of the four components of an Occupation English Test (OET) in a test that has been conducted within three years immediately before lodgement of your application that is relevant to your occupation, or
    • hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland
  • meet the skills requirements, unless you are exempt. Please note that if you require a skills assessment, some skills assessments are issued for the purpose of a Subclass 485 visa.  Skills assessments which have been obtained for the purposes of a Subclass 485 visa are assessed solely on qualifications and do not assess the applicant's work experience. As a result, these types of skills assessments are not appropriate to demonstrate skills under the RSMS programme. The skills requirements are:
    • if your occupation is listed on the relevant legislative instrument, and you have not obtained a necessary Australian qualification suitable to your occupation, then you must obtain a valid skills assessment prior to your application. Skills assessments obtained for a Subclass 485 visa will not be  accepted as they are not considered full skills assessments for permanent skilled migration purposes. A skills assessment is only valid until the expiry date specified on the assessment, or for a period of three years from the assessment's date of issue, whichever occurs first.
    • if your occupation is listed on the relevant legislative instrument, and you have obtained a necessary Australian qualification suitable to your occupation, then you must provide this as evidence towards meeting the skills assessment criteria
    • if your occupation is not on the relevant legislative instrument, you must demonstrate that you have the qualifications listed in ANZSCO as necessary to perform the tasks of your occupation.

You might not have to meet the skill assessment and qualification requirements if you:

  • have nominated earnings at least equal to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (currently AUD180 001)
  • are in Australia as the holder of a Special Category visa (subclass 444) or a New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa (subclass 461) and have worked with your nominating employer in your nominated occupation for the past two years (not including any period of unpaid leave) in the three years before you apply for this visa.

Agreement stream

You might be able to get this visa under the Agreement stream if you are being sponsored by an employer through a tailored and negotiated labour agreement. Your employer can advise if such an agreement is in place for your industry or occupation.

You must meet the age, skills and English language requirements stated in the agreement.

Including family in your application

You can include the following people in your visa application:

  • your partner (married or de facto)
  • your or your partner’s dependent children
  • other dependent relatives.

These family members must meet the requirements for including family members in your application. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.

Your family members must be able to show that they meet health and character requirements.

How to apply

This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187).

When to apply:

  • You can apply when your employer lodges their nominations, or you can apply afterwards
  • You must apply less than six months after we approve the nomination.

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign an Australian values statement to confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws. The statement is included in the visa application form. You must have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book beforehand.

Lodge your application online

You must apply for this visa online. More information is available in Employer Sponsored (ENS/RSMS) visa online applications.

You must provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge by credit card when you apply.

Upload your documents through our website when you lodge your online application. This will help reduce delays in processing the application.

Provide your documents

You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.

Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.

More information

There is more information to help you prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.

After you have applied

After you have lodged your application and documents, we will let you know that we have received your information.

You can track and manage your application using ImmiAccount.

Wait for a decision

We have visa processing times for each visa.

Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.

Outside Australia:
If you apply for this visa from outside Australia, do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa. Wait for a decision from us before you leave your job, sell your home or book your travel.

In Australia:
If you apply for this visa in Australia, you could be eligible for a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a Bridging visa A, you can apply for a Bridging visa B (BVB) to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.

Provide more information

You can provide more information to us at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:

We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.

You can provide additional information, including Form 1023, using  ImmiAccount.

If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.

You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.

Location of Sponsoring Head Office Processing centre
New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland Parramatta
Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria Melbourne
Western Australia Perth

Report changes in your circumstances

Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

  • Form 929 Change of address and/or passport details (86 kB PDF) — if you move to a new address or change your passport
  • Form 1022 Notification of changes in circumstances (77 kB PDF) — if there are other changes in your circumstances.

You might be able to  update your address and passport details using ImmiAccount.

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.

Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include the number we gave you when you applied, if you know it – this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.

Visa decision

If the visa is granted, we will let you know:

  • when you can use the visa
  • the visa grant number
  • any conditions attached to the visa.

You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.

If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:

  • why the visa was refused
  • your review rights (if any). Where applicable, your sponsor can apply for the decision to be reviewed
  • the time limit for lodging an appeal.

Document checklist for applicants

You must provide documents to support your application for this visa.

Use the 187 applicant document checklist​​ to make sure your application is complete.

 

Contact information

If information needs to be updated contact the relevant processing area.

Location of Sponsoring Head Office Processing centre
New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland Parramatta
Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria Melbourne
Western Australia Perth

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been granted Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187). It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you and your family to live in Australia and work permanently in a regional area. A regional area is anywhere other than the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne.

This is a permanent residence visa. It allows you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

We may cancel this visa if you do not make a genuine effort to begin employment with your employer within six months of:

  • Your first entry to Australia if you were granted this visa while you were outside of Australia; or
  • The visa being granted if you were granted this visa while you were in Australia.

We may also seek to cancel this visa if you begin employment but do not remain in the position for the full two years.

If this happens, you will have a chance to explain, in writing, why your visa should not be cancelled.

Contact information

If information needs to be updated contact the relevant processing area.

Location of Sponsoring Head Office Processing centre
New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland Parramatta
Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria Melbourne
Western Australia Perth

Employers

This information explains what is required of you if you want to nominate a skilled worker (and dependent family members included in their application) for a permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187).

Who can nominate a skilled worker for this visa​

You can nominate a skilled worker for this visa if:

  • you actively and lawfully operate a business in regional Australia (regional Australia does not include the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong or Melbourne)
  • you have a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a skilled position
  • you offer a skilled position in the applicant's field that is full time and ongoing for at least two years
  • you pay a market salary rate
  • you comply with Australian immigration and workplace relations laws
  • there is no adverse information known about your business or any person associated with your business.

You must nominate the applicant in one of the three streams and meet the requirements of that stream.

Temporary Residence Transition stream

Use this stream if you have already sponsored the applicant for a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457):

  • The employee must have worked in the same nominated position in your business, as the primary visa holder of a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa as a primary visa holder, for at least two years before the nomination is lodged.
  • The nominated position must be full time, ongoing, available for at least two years and be consistent with the position in which the applicant has already worked.
  • You must have met the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa training requirements and continue to do so.
  • You must not be an approved overseas standard business sponsor under the subclass 457 visa programme.

If, during the two years prior to nominating, a new standard business sponsorship was required at any stage to ensure the applicant complied with condition 8107 of their subclass 457 visa obligations, you will need to provide evidence that the previous standard business sponsor and yourself as the current standard business sponsor may be considered the same employer of the nominated person.

The period of time already worked with the previous subclass 457 visa standard business sponsor may be considered towards the two-year requirement of the Temporary Residence Transition stream only in those cases where you are able to demonstrate that the nominated person has been working in the same role, with the same employer and in the same location for the whole two years they held their subclass 457 visa.

Direct Entry stream

Use this stream if you want to nominate an applicant to fill a position that is:

You must obtain advice from a regional certifying body about the position you want to fill. You can send us the advice before or after you lodge an employer nomination application online. You may have to pay a charge to obtain advice from a regional certifying body for the position you want to fill. Please contact the relevant regional certifying body for more information.

Regional certifying bodies are a diverse network of state and territory government agencies, local chambers of commerce, local government councils and regional development bodies.  A nomination made under the RSMS Direct Entry stream cannot be approved by the department unless a regional certifying body has provided their advice in regard to the application.

The advice provided by a regional certifying body is intended to ensure all RSMS Direct Entry stream nominations have been scrutinised by a third party who is familiar with local labour market conditions and who may be able to provide information on regional matters which the department may not be aware of. The regional certifying body assesses the nomination against the following criteria:

  • there is a genuine need for a paid employee in a business operated by the employer that is actively and lawfully operating in a regional area of Australia
  •  the terms and conditions of employment are the same as those that would apply to an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident performing the same work in the same location
  • the nominated position cannot be reasonably filled from the local labour market.​

Below is a list of regional certifying bodies.

Australian Capital Territory

Manager
Skilled and Business Migration
ACT Economic Development Directorate
GPO Box 158
Canberra City ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6207 1957
Fax: 02 6207 0033
Email: businessmigration@act.gov.au
Website: Canberra create your future

New South Wales

Central NSW

Executive Officer
Regional Development Australia, Central West Inc.
PO Box 172
Orange NSW 2800
Telephone: 02 6369 1600
Fax: 02 6369 1611
Email: sharon@rdacentralwest.org.au
Website: Regional Development Australia - Central West

Manager
Regional Development Australia, Orana Inc.
PO Box 1357
Dubbo NSW 2830
Telephone: 02 6885 1488
Fax: 02 6885 1468
Email: admin@rdaorana.org.au
Website: Regional Development Australia - Orana

Far South Coast NSW

Executive Officer
Regional Development Australia, Far South Coast
PO Box 1227
Nowra NSW 2541
Telephone: 02 4422 9011
Fax: 02 4422 5080
Email: admin@rdafsc.com.au
Website: Regional Development Australia – South Coast

Northern NSW

Administration Officer
Regional Development Australia, Hunter Inc.
Level 3, 251 Wharf Road
Newcastle NSW 2300
Telephone: 02 4908 7300
Fax: 02 4929 1218
Email: admin@rdahunter.org.au
Website: Regional Development Australia – Hunter

Regional Certifying Officer
Regional Development Australia, Northern Rivers Inc.
PO Box 146
Lismore NSW 2480
Telephone: 02 6622 4011
Fax: 02 6621 4608
Email: rda@rdanorthernrivers.org.au
Website: Regional Certifying Body – Northern Rivers

Project Officer, Migration
Regional Development Australia, Northern Inland Inc.
PO Box 72
Armidale NSW 2350
Telephone: 02 6771 2790
Fax: 02 6771 4034
Email: migration@rdani.org.au
Website: Regional Development Australia – Northern Inland

Program Administrator
Regional Development Australia, Mid North Coast
Suite 3 Oxley House
133-137 Gordon Street
Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Telephone: 02 5525 1500
Email: admin@rdamidnorthcoast.org.au
Website: Regional Development Australia – Mid North Coast

Eastern NSW

Regional Certifying Officer
Regional Development Australia, Central Coast Inc.
PO Box 240
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Telephone: 02 4349 4949
Fax: 02 4349 4956
Email: mail@rdacc.org.au
Website: Regional Development Australia – Central Coast

Southern NSW

RCB Officer
Regional Development Australia, Southern Inland Inc.
PO Box 1774
Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Telephone: 02 6297 0922
Fax: 02 6297 0911
Email: rcb@rdasi.org.au
Website: Regional Development Australia – Southern Inland

Team Leader, Skilled Migration
Regional Development Australia, Murray Inc.
PO Box 3417
Albury NSW 2640
Telephone: 02 6058 0600
Fax: 02 6058 0699
Email: administration@rdamurray.org.au
Website: Murray Now

Skilled Migration Officer
Regional Development Australia, Riverina Inc.
PO Box 479
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Telephone:02 6931 0588
Fax: 02 6921 4679
Email: migration@rdariverina.org.au
Website: Regional Development Australia – Riverina

Western NSW

Chief Executive Officer
Regional Development Australia, Far West Inc.
PO Box 1010
Broken Hill NSW 2880
Telephone:08 8087 8383
Fax:08 8087 8413
Email: admin@rdafarwestnsw.org.au
Website: Regional Development Australia – Far West

NSW Coordination

Manager, Skilled Migration
Business Migration and Industry Skills
NSW Government - Industry and Investment
GPO Box 5477
Sydney NSW 2001
Telephone: 02 9338 6692
Fax: 02 9338 6728
Email: bizmigration@business.nsw.gov.au
Website: Business Migration: Industry and Investment NSW

Northern Territory

Workforce Growth NT / Skilled Migration
Department of Business and Employment,
Employment and Training NT
GPO Box 9988
Darwin NT 0801
Telephone: 08 8999 5264
Fax: 08 8999 6096
Email: migration@nt.gov.au
Website: Business and Skilled Migration

Regional Office
Workforce Growth NT / Skilled Migration
Department of Business and Employment,
Employment and Training NT
GPO Box 9800
Alice Springs NT 0871
Telephone: 08 8957 8528
Fax: 08 8951 8533
Email: Senior Project Officer: Trish Berard – trish.berard@nt.gov.au
Website: Business and Skilled Migration

Queensland

Manager
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland Head Office
Industry House
375 Wickham Terrace
Brisbane Qld 4000
Telephone: 07 3842 2294
Fax: 07 3013 3422
Email: rcb@cciq.com.au
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

South East Queensland

Regional Migration Services
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (Gold Coast & Hinterland)
PO Box 7066
Gold Coast Mail Centre Qld 9726
Telephone: 07 5538 2133
Fax: 07 3013 3431
Email: goldcoast@cciq.com.au
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

Regional Migration Services
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Burnett)
PO Box 1087
Mooloolaba Qld 4557
Telephone: 07 3842 2294
Fax: 07 3013 3422
Email: rcb@cciq.com.au
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

South West Queensland

Regional Migration Services
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (Toowoomba & South West Queensland)
PO Box 1410
Toowoomba Qld 4350
Telephone: 07 4639 3277
Fax: 07 4632 4484
Email: toowoomba@cciq.com.au
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

Governance Manager
Maranoa Regional Council
(formally Roma Regional Council)
PO Box 42
Mitchell Qld 4465
Telephone: 1300 007 662
Fax: 07 4624 6990
Email: council@maranoa.qld.gov.au

Central Queensland

Regional Migration Services
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (Rockhampton & Central Queensland)
PO Box 829
Rockhampton Qld 4700
Telephone: 07 4922 1278
Fax: 07 4922 2949
Email: rockhampton@cciq.com.au
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

Manager
Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce Inc.
PO Box 1705
Mount Isa Qld 4825
Telephone: 07 4743 9881
Fax: 07 4743 7266
Email: admin@mountisachamber.com.au
Website: Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce

Chief Executive Officer
Winton Shire Council
PO Box 288
Winton Qld 4735
Telephone: 07 4657 1188
Fax: 07 4657 1342
Email: info@winton.qld.gov.au
Website: Winton Shire Council

General Manager
Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board Inc.
PO Box 592
Longreach Qld 4730
Telephone: 07 4652 5600
Fax: 07 4652  5699
Email: gm@rapad.com.au
Website: RAPAD

Manager Regional Development Australia, Fitzroy and Central West
PO Box 6498
CQ Mail Centre Qld 4702
Telephone: 07 4921 3639
Fax: 07 4922 3732
Email: admin@cqacc.com.au
Website: Regional Development Australia – (Fitzroy and Central West)

Manager
Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited
PO Box 5186
Gladstone Qld 4680
Telephone: 07 4972 4000
Fax: 07 4972 5006
Email: gapdl@gapdl.com.au
Website: GAPDL

North Queensland

Migration Coordinator
Cairns Chamber of Commerce Inc.
PO Box 2336
Cairns Qld 4870
Telephone: 07 4031 1838
Fax: 07 4031 0883
Email: migration@cairnschamber.com.au
Website: Cairns Chamber of Commerce

Regional Migration Services
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (Cairns and Far North Queensland)
PO Box 7786
Cairns Qld 4870
Telephone: 07 4050 0700
Fax: 07 4050 0711
Email: rcb@cciq.com.au
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

Chief Executive Officer
Gulf Savannah Development Inc.
PO Box 2312
Cairns Qld 4870
Telephone: 07 4031 1631
Fax: 07 4031 3340
Email: ceo@gulf-savannah.com.au
Website: Gulf Savannah Development

Regional Migration Services
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland – Mackay
PO Box 795
Mackay Qld 4740
Telephone: 07 3013 3432
Fax: 07 4955 8755
Email: mackay@cciq.com.au
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

Manager
Business Development Executive, Economic Development,
Townsville Enterprise Limited
PO Box 1043
Townsville Qld 4810
Telephone: 07 4726 2728
Fax: 07 4726 2700
Email: ecograd@tel.com.au
Website: Townsville Enterprise

Regional Migration Services
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (Townsville & North Qld)
PO Box 3241
Aitkenvale BC
Hermit Park Qld 4812
Telephone: 07 4750 1650
Fax: 07 3013 3436
Email: townsville@cciq.com.au
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

South Australia

Regional Employer Sponsored Migration
Immigration South Australia
Department of Manufacturing Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy
GPO Box 1264
Adelaide SA 5001
Telephone: 08 8303 2420
Fax: 08 8303 2040
Email: esu.sa@sa.gov.au
Website: South Australia - Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Tasmania

Business and Skilled Migration Unit
Department of State Growth
GPO Box 646
Hobart Tas. 7001
Telephone: 03 6233 5748
Fax: 03 6233 5800
Email: rsms@migration.tas.gov.au
Website: Tasmanian Government – Migrating to Tasmania

Victoria

Grampians

Regional Migration Services Officer
City of Ballarat
Ballarat Library
178 Doveton Street North, Ballarat Vic. 3350
Telephone: 03 5320 5180
Website: City of Ballarat

Loddon Mallee

Manager
Department of State Development, Business and Innovation
56-60 King Street
Bendigo  Vic. 3550
Telephone: 03 4433 8020
Website: Live in Melbourne

Geelong and surrounds

Enterprise Geelong
PO Box 104
Geelong Vic. 3220
Email: rcb@geelongcity.vic.gov.au
Website: Geelong Australia

Gippsland

Manager
Department of State Development, Business and Innovation
33 Breed Street
Traralgon Vic. 3844
Telephone: 03 5116 7305
Website: Live in Melbourne

Hume – Shepparton

Manager
Department of State Development, Business and Innovation
PO Box 1389
Shepparton Vic 3632
Telephone: 03 5895 4100
Website: Live in Melbourne

Swan Hill and Mildura

Economic Development Unit
Swan Hill Rural City Council
PO Box 488 Swan Hill Vic. 3585
Telephone:03 5036 2453
Email: nkeighran@swanhill.vic.gov.au
Website: Swan Hill Region

Great South Coast

Manager – Business Support
Warrnambool City Council
PO Box 198
Warrnambool  Vic.3280
Telephone: 03 5559 4800
Website: Warrnambool City Council

Wangaratta and Wodonga

Workforce Sustainability Officer
Rural City of Wangaratta
Wangaratta Government Centre
62–68 Ovens Street, Wangaratta, Vic. 3677
Telephone: 03 5722 0772
Website: Rural City of Wangaratta

Wimmera

Manager
Wimmera Development Association
62 Darlot Street
Horsham Vic. 3400
Telephone: 03 5381 1744
Website: Wimmera Development Association

Western Australia

Claire English
Skilled Migration WA
Department of Training and Workforce Development
Level 2, 166 Murray Street
Perth 6000
Telephone: 132398 (within Australia), + 618 9224 6593 (International)
Fax: 08 9421 1391
Email: migration@dtwd.wa.gov.au
Website: www.migration.wa.gov.au

Administration Officer
Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance
PO Box 10331
Kalgoorlie WA 6433
Telephone: 08 9091 6051
Fax: 08 9022 9151
Email: admin@rdage.com.au
Website: Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance

Agreement stream

Use this stream to nominate an applicant through a labour agreement that has been negotiated with the government before you lodge the nomination.

A labour agreement is a formal arrangement negotiated between an Australian employer and the Australian government. You might consider entering into a labour agreement if there is a genuine and systemic shortage of suitably skilled Australian workers in your industry and/or geographic location, and standard immigration options are not suitable.

A labour agreement comes into effect when it has been signed by all parties involved in the negotiations and is typically valid for three years.

You can use a labour agreement if there is one for your industry or your worker's occupation. If this does not suit your needs you can negotiate an individual agreement.

To find out more about the labour agreement programme and request an information pack please contact us by email at labour.agreement.section@immi.gov.au.

Market salary rate

You must provide terms and conditions of employment that are no less favourable than those that would apply to an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident doing equivalent work in the same workplace.

Terms and conditions include the nominated position's salary, hours of work and leave entitlements (among other things). The salary paid to an Australian worker under these terms and conditions of employment is known as the market salary rate.

You must prove to us that your offer to the nominated people will meet the requirements of the market salary rate. Depending on whether you have an Australian doing similar work, you can do this by:

  • reporting the terms and conditions that apply to an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is already employed in a similar job in a similar location in your workplace
  • referring to an industrial award or enterprise agreement that outlines terms and conditions for Australian citizens or permanent residents performing similar work in similar locations
  • providing relevant data from reputable remuneration surveys
  • providing evidence of the salaries of employees performing equivalent work in similar locations.

Applying to nominate a skilled worker

This information explains what you need to do to apply to nominate someone for this visa.

Prepare your documents

You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist. Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.

Lodge your nomination online

You must lodge your nomination application online. More information is available in Employer Sponsored (ENS/RSMS) visa online applications.

You must provide all relevant documents when you apply. You can log back into your account and attach further documents at any time

Complete nomination applications are likely to be processed more quickly. Incomplete ones can be delayed and, on occasion, refused.

Although there is no charge to lodge a nomination application for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme you might have to pay a Regional Certifying Body for their advice in relation to a Direct Entry stream position.

Report changes in your circumstances

You need to contact your case officer to report any changes in circumstances that could affect the processing of your nomination.

When you write to us, you must include:

  • your business name
  • your ABN (for businesses in Australia) or other identifier (for businesses outside Australia)
  • the number we give you when you lodge your nomination online. This is usually a Transaction Reference Number (TRN).

Providing all this information helps us locate your application quickly.

Nomination decision

If your nomination is approved, we will send you a letter containing your nomination approval number.

If this nomination is not approved, we will send you a letter stating:

  • why your nomination was refused
  • your rights (if any) to a merits review of the decision and relevant time limits.

Document checklist for employers

You must provide documents to support your application for this visa.

Use the 187 employer document checklist​​ to make sure your application is complete.

 

Contact information

If information needs to be updated contact the relevant processing area.

Location of Sponsoring Head Office Processing centre
New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland Parramatta
Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria Melbourne
Western Australia Perth

    Estimate the cost of your visa

    * Price will be displayed in Australian dollars unless changed.
    The Visa Pricing Estimator requires you to answer the questions as accurately as possible to provide you with an estimate for lodging a visa application. The estimator does not include the second instalment of the visa application charge which is payable for some visas. Please note this is an estimate for a visa application, if you have already lodged your application and you want to change/add applicants please refer to the Visa Pricing Table. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection Visa Pricing Estimator will give you an estimate of the charges you may need to pay to lodge a visa application. This is paid after you have made your application but before the visa can be granted. Read the department's full disclaimer. The Commonwealth of Australia does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any material in the Visa Pricing Estimator.

    Last reviewed Saturday 23 August 2014

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