03 5381 6500

Regional Certifying Body

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)


The new Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) comes into effect on 16th November 2019. WDA RCB is currently waiting for an update on what this process entails.  


The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) allows Australian employers in regional and low population growth areas of Australia to nominate skilled workers from overseas in order to fill skilled vacancies in their business. This visa gives the skilled migrant permanent residency in Australia.

The Wimmera Development Association has been gazetted by the Federal Department of Home Affairs as a Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for the Wimmera Southern Mallee region and covers the Local Government Areas of West Wimmera, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Yarriambiack, Northern Grampians, Buloke and Ararat.  (See Department Of Home Affairs)

Our role as a RCB is to assess migration applications for the RSMS Direct Entry stream through knowledge of the local skills shortages, actively operating businesses in the region and assessing positions under the legislative requirements of the scheme.

A Regional Certifying Body is required to provide advice to Department of Home Affairs on the following:

  • There is a genuine need for the nominator to employ a paid employee to work in the position under the nominator’s direct control;
  • The position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident who is living in the same local area where the nominated position exists;
  • The terms and conditions of employment applicable to the position will be no less favorable than the terms and conditions that are provided to, or would be provided to, an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident for performing work in the person’s workplace at the same location.


Changes from March 2018 for RSMS Visa:

  • For RSMS visa:  The MLTSSL will now apply, with additional occupations available to support regional employers for the RSMS.
  • Minimum market salary rate:  Employers must pay the Australian market salary rate and meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold.
  • Residency:  The permanent residence eligibility period will be extended from two to three years.
  • Work experience:  At least three years’ relevant work experience.
  • Age:  All applicants must be under the maximum age requirement of 45 at the time of application.
  • Training requirement: a strengthened training requirement for employers to contribute towards training Australian workers

Please check the Department of Home Affairs website for further information www.homeaffairs.gov.au


Documentation, Fee and Processing of Applications

The following information is provided to assist employers sponsoring skilled migrants for permanent residency. The information below relates to the process of gaining approval from the Regional Certifying Body.

  1. Department of Home Affairs - Form 1404 (PLEASE NOTE: Updated Form as of July 2018)
  2. If using a Migration Agent, provide an authority with the Department of Home Affairs - Form 956 
  3. Evidence to support your application. WDA RCB support information
  4. Lodge your nomination by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  5. Application Processing fee:  $550 Inc.GST. Non-refundable (commences 1 May 2018) Payment Options Page

Due to an increased number of applications Wimmera Development Association RCB processing time is currently 3 weeks from receipt of full documentation. 

Once completed WDA will return the application to the employer/nominee for lodgement with Department of Home Affairs. Certification by Wimmera Development Association does not guarantee that the nomination will be approved by the department.

For further information with lodging an employer nomination to the Regional Certifying Body please contact Wimmera Development Association RCB Officer on (03) 5381 6500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


SkillSelect is an online service that ​helps Australia manage its skilled migration program. It helps to ensure that the skilled migration program is based on Australia's economic needs. It supports the government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers. As a result, the time taken to process a visa application is significantly reduced.

SkillSelect also helps address regional skill shortages. SkillSelect allows intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. This is of particular benefit to employers experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory governments attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia. (See Department of Home Affairs SkillSelect)


Please Note:  

Regional Certifying Bodies (RCBs) only provide advice to the Department of Home Affairs. RCBs make no final decisions and neither approve nor refuse RSMS employer nominations. Obtaining positive RCB advice does not automatically guarantee that the RSMS employer nomination will also be approved by the Department of Home Affairs. If the RSMS employer nomination is not approved by the Department, contacting the RCB is not the appropriate pathway to seek a review of the Department’s decision. In case of a refusal decision by the Department of Home Affairs, the Department will provide the nominating employer or their agent with advice in relation to any appeal rights they may have.

The Administration/Processing fee is non-refundable regardless of whether certification is granted or not. Department of Home Affairs does not charge a fee to the employer for nominating a position however the visa application does attract a fee.