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Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489)

Regional Development Australia Central West (RDACW) is working in partnership with the NSW Department of Industry to deliver the 489 Program in NSW for the Central West Region.

RDA Central West has developed a list of eligible occupations for the 489 Program and in accordance with the State partnership can select and nominate candidates with the required skills and eligibility as listed in the Central West Skills Occupation List for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa subclass 489.

RDA Central West Skills Occupation list July 2018


IMPORTANT:  Applications will not be accepted post the closure date.

The Central West Skills Occupation List will re-open in April 2019.  All criteria for applying will be updated and available on this page.

For a map of the RDA Central West region go to RDACW region map.

1. Visa Eligibility Checklist for submitting an application for NSW nomination to RDA Central West

Visa Eligibility

  • Visa applicants must be under the age of 45 years
  • Must be willing to work and live in a regional area
  • Have the skills and required skill assessments for an occupation on the Central West Skills Occupation list
  • Must have a SkillSelect EOI Number (submit an expression of interest (EOI) through SkillSelect with the Department of Home Affairs)
  • Meet the points required for the visa by the Department of Home Affairs of 65 points (55 points plus 10 points from State/Territory sponsorship)
  • Have competent English.  Current English Language Test IELTS or equivalent.  IELTS score with a minimum of 6 in each of the four components of the test (unless otherwise stated in the criteria on the Skills Occupation List).

Check your eligibility for the Skilled Regional Visa subclass 489 by checking all criteria on the following websites:

NSW Department of Industry (State sponsorship requirements only)

Department of Home Affairs (all visa requirements (checklist) inclusive of skill assessment authorities and process for Expression of Interest and invitation)

2. Get your SkillSelect EOI Number – click on the link below:

SkillSelect expression of interest (Department of Home Affairs Website)

IMPORTANT: It is the applicant’s responsibility to check they are eligible for the Skilled Regional 489 Visa. Please make sure you check the above links for all the visa information and submit a SkillSelect expression of interest before applying to RDA Central West for regional selection.
RDACW can only consider those eligible for the visa with the requirements listed above and if the correct supporting documents are received.
It is at RDACW’s discretion as to whether applications for NSW Nomination are selected and nominated for State sponsorship or not.

3. Submitting an application to RDACW

Download the NSW Nomination Application Form R

NSW Regional Nomination Application_Form R (Word File)

NSW Regional Nomination Application_Form R (PDF File)

Supporting Documentation required for assessment:

  • Copy of Dept of Home Affairs SkillSelect EOI summary document with EOI Number – must complete SkillSelect EOI prior to applying to RDACW.
  • Current Resume/CV

Certified copies required of the following documents:

  • Skill assessment certificate/s (approved skill assessment organisation in Australia and or NSW)
  • Evidence of work experience (if required in RDACW occupation listing and/or where claiming points for work experience): Copy of Employment references and duty statement/s. Evidence of work experience in Australia and Overseas accepted.
  • Educational qualifications and academic transcripts
  • Passport of applicants and family members included in application
  • English Language Test results (IELTS or equivalent). IELTS score of 6 across all four components (standard) (must be less than three years old)
  • Migration Agents must submit a 956 form to RDACW with application.

NOTE: Certified documents must be of high quality colour or clear to read and be certified copies of the original documents (do not send original documents). Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English translation by an accredited translator (NAATI). Non-accredited translators overseas should be endorsed by the translator.

Submit the 489 visa Form R and supporting documents by Email.

Email: migration@rdacentralwest.org.au

Requirements for Emailing:
Email size – maximum of 10Mb’s per email (do not exceed this limit).
Email ‘Subject’ text – Type the following information into the ‘Subject’ space for each email: 489 Visa, applicants name, SkillSelect EOI Number, the number of each email if multiple emails are required; for example 1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3.

Attachment of documents – PDF files preferred or word documents

RDACW processing time

6 weeks approximately

Your application will take time to process so please assist RDACW by not contacting the office requesting updates on your application. You will be contacted by email as part of our assessment process.  RDACW will not be interviewing applicants.  If you wish to discuss your application please send an email with your contact details, your questions and RDACW will email you as soon as possible or phone you to discuss.

4. RDACW Processing Fee

A standard non-refundable processing fee of $770 applies to all applications. RDACW will contact you regarding payment of the processing fee.

A Quick Checklist for applying to RDACW

  1. Check the 489 Visa Eligibility
  2. Get your SkillSelect EOI Number
  3. Email Form R and supporting documents to RDACW migration@rdacentralwest.org.au