Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187)

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Direct Entry (DE) stream visa closed to new applications at 11.59pm on 15 November 2019.  The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) (SESR) came into effect on 16 November 2019.

RCB advice will still be provided for RSMS DE nomination applications lodged prior to 11.59pm on 15 November 2019. 

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme subclass 187 is a visa program that allows employers in regional, remote or low population areas to sponsor (nominate) skilled overseas workers for permanent residence. The visa assists regional employers that have not been able to fill their positions vacant with Australian Citizens or permanent residents to sponsor skilled people from overseas to fill their vacancies and to work and live in a regional area. For information on the RSMS visa go to the  Department of Home affairs website.

Regional Development Australia Central West (RDACW) is the certifying body for the Central West region.

Before you apply

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that RSMS applications are submitted under the correct stream and ANZCO code, and supporting documentation is correct and complete.

Application process

Essential Documents

Supporting Documents

  1. The nominating business or organisation:
  • A copy of the ‘Application for Employer Nomination’ lodged with the Department of Home Affairs (not essential).
  • Business Registration – ABN or ACN
  • Organisation Chart
  • Copy of Lease of premises or proof of ownership
  • Audited financials for the last two years or a letter from the businesses Accountant confirming the current and projected financial position.
  • Outline of goods and services provided by the business.
  • If a new business (open 12 months or less) provide information and evidence of:
    • current operational situation (business open and operational).
    • business plan detailing current and projected financials.
    • evidence of appropriate market research.
    • copy of BAS from commencement of business.
    • copy of bank statements from commencement of business.
    • copy of new business contracts, leases or purchases of equipment (as applicable).
    • copy of business lease or purchase of business premises.


  1. Nominated position and genuine need of the position:


  1. To assess whether the identified person would be paid at least the annual market salary rate for the occupation:
  • Employment Contract or Letter of Offer (inclusive of the Award/Agreement, base salary & entitlements).
  • A copy of the Australian Industry Award as per the Australian Government Fairwork Ombudsman website.
  • Employment payslips for Australian employees in equivalent positions (if applicable).
  • Evidence of annual market salary rate. The Annual market salary rate (AMSR) is determined by looking at what you would pay equivalent Australian workers, enterprise agreements or industrial awards, job outlook information, advertisements for the last 6 months in the same location, remuneration survey or advice from unions or employer associations. (Referenced from the Department of Home Affairs website).


  1. Documents that provide evidence that the nominated position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident who is living in, or would move to, the same local area:
  • Evidence of advertising for the position in the past 6 months, locally or via a well-recognised reputable online employment site for at least a minimum of one month. Note: Advertising only on websites that are not recruitment specific (e.g. Gumtree, Facebook and Instagram) will not satisfy the recruitment activity requirement. Social media advertising must be in conjunction with recruitment specific employment sites (e.g., Seek, Job search, Career One, Indeed or local job guides).
  • Evidence of response to ads including total number of responses, list of applicants, selection criteria outline, rationale behind successful employee’s selection (including reasons no Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident was not selected).


EMAIL the application and supporting documentation to

Requirements for Emailing:

  • Email size – maximum of 10Mbs per email.  Do not exceed this limit
  • Email ‘Subject’ text – Type the following information into the ‘Subject’ space for each email SERS, nominating business name,
  • nominee name, 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

Processing times:
RDACW will aim to provide assessment within 4 weeks of receipt of the RSMS application.  Please ensure applications are received with sufficient time for assessment.

Processing fee

A standard non-refundable processing fee of $660 (including GST) applies to all applications prior to processing.

An invoice will be sent following receipt of the application and prior to certification.

Important information for applicants

The RDACW assessment of the RSMS application and recommendation to the Department of Home Affairs as either ‘satisfies’ or ‘not satisfies’ does not mean that the application has been successful or unsuccessful in being granted a visa. The Department of Home Affairs assesses each application based on its own merit. The recommendation by RDACW is taken into consideration by the Department of Home Affairs.  However, applicants should not assume that a visa will be granted because positive advice has been provided by an RCB.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the RSMS application and supporting documents are correct and complete.

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