Contect us

[contact-form-7 id="1234" title="Contact form 1"]


Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489)

Regional Development Australia Central West (RDACW) are 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 refer candidates for NSW Nomination.  The Central West Skills Occupation List includes occupation criterium specific to the needs of business and industry in the region.

Revised Central West Occupation List – Round Two:

Click here for RDA Central West Skills Occupation list 2018-19

The Central West Skills Occupation List 2018-2019
is now CLOSED for registrations (as at 10th May 2019).

RDACW will post a new list of occupations for the year 2019-2020 in July/August 2019.  The list will be posted here.


  • Child Care Centre Manager (ANZSCO 134111) – CLOSED 10/5/19 AT 9:30 am.
  • General Practitioner (ANZSCO 253111) – CLOSED 10/5/19 AT 9:30 am.
  • Registered Nurse – Mental Health (ANZSCO 254422) – CLOSED 10/5/19 AT 9:30 am.
  • Agricultural Scientist (ANZSCO 234112) – CLOSED 18/4/19 at 9:30 am
  • Registered Nurse Aged Care (ANZSCO 254412) – CLOSED 18/4/19 at 9:30 am
  • MOTOR MECHANIC (ANZSCO 321211) – CLOSED 3/4/19 at 9:30 am.
  • CHEF (ANZSCO 351311) – CLOSED 4/4/19 AT 5:00 pm. 
  • REGISTERED NURSE NEC (ANZSCO 254499) – CLOSED 8/4/19 at 3:00 pm.
  • REGISTERED NURSE MEDICAL (ANZSCO 254418)  – CLOSED 8/4/19 at 3:00 pm.
  • Early Childhood Teacher (ANZSCO 241111) – CLOSED 11/4/19 at 9:30 am.

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

RDA Central West have a two-step process for Round Two of the Central West Occupation List for 2018/2019.

Round Two is a revised list with occupations open until all referral places for each occupation are filled or will close on 30th June 2019.   Occupations will be closed as referral places are filled. RDACW has limited referral places available.

The Two-Step Process:

Step One – ‘Registration of Interest’:

RDACW will require some key information and documents via our online form on our website.  The documents required for registration can be up-loaded (file upload) to the form.  There is no cost (no fees) to register.  Registrations will be processed as quickly as possible (estimated up to 3 weeks).

Step Two – ‘Invitation to Apply’:

RDACW will request a full application for NSW Nomination via email -migration@rdacentralwest.org.au.

Applications will be processed in 6 weeks from the time of receipt by RDACW.

Prior to referral for NSW Nomination, the successful registered individual or the Migration Agent will be sent an invoice by email from RDACW for the processing fee of AUD$770 with the receipt of payment finalising the referral process for State nomination.

RDACW Processing Fee is non-refundable:  The processing fee is payable and non-refundable at the time of referral for NSW nomination.

The two-step process will assist RDACW in managing the number of applications received against referral places for occupations.

Prior to registering your interest in an occupation, please ensure that you meet the following:

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 or above 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).

Also 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)

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

SkillSelect expression of interest (Department of Home Affairs Website)

IMPORTANT: It is the individual’s responsibility to check they are eligible for the Skilled Regional 489 Visa as per the Department of Home Affairs. Please make sure you check the above links for all the visa information and submit a SkillSelect Expression of Interest before registering to RDA Central West for regional selection.

It is at RDACW’s discretion as to whether registrations and applications for NSW Nomination are selected and nominated for State sponsorship or not.  Assessment is based on the visa eligibility criteria, the individual’s skills and experience relevant to the occupational criteria and skill need of the Central West region.

Step One – Registration of Interest

To register complete the ‘Registration Form (ID #9185)’ by answering all questions and uploading the required files then click and send your registration to RDACW.  If you have successfully sent your registration form to RDACW you will automatically be redirected to a notice confirming a successful Registration of Interest.

To complete the registration form you will require the following information:

  • Skill Select EOI number
  • Occupation Name
  • Current email address (your primary email)
  • Migration Agent contact details (if applicable)
  • Total Points Score
  • English Language Test Results (competent, proficient, superior)
  • Skill Assessment Results

To complete the registration form you will need to upload the following required documents:

  • Certified copy of English Language Test (IELTS or equivalent and must be less than three years old)
  • Certified copy of Skill Assessment (provided by the relevant Australian Assessing Authority and/or Registration bodies of Australia and NSW)
  • SkillSelect Expression of Interest report (Provided by SkillSelect on the Department of Home Affairs website)


Register Now

Please Note – This is a registration of interest only and not an application for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489).  It is at RDACW’s discretion as to whether registrations will proceed to Step Two ‘Invitation to Apply’.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are eligible for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489) and the correct supporting documents are submitted.

RDACW will provide an email notification to individuals and Migration Agents if the ‘Registration of Interest’ was not successful on this occasion.

Step Two – Invitation to Apply

RDA Central West will send an Invitation to Apply via email requesting a full application for the Skilled Regional 489 Visa.

DO NOT complete this step until you have completed Step One – Registration of Interest and received an emailed Invitation to Apply from RDACW.

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:

  • Completed NSW Nomination Application Form R (Word document or PDF)
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Certified copies of any educational qualifications and academic transcripts
  • Evidence of work experience/Employment references and duty statements
  • Evidence of employment offer in the Central West region (if applicable)
  • Certified copy of passport of Applicant and family members included in the application
  • Completed Form 956 (if using a Migration Agent)

Please 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.

Email your Application and supporting documents to migration@rdacentralwest.org.au

Requirements for emailing:

  • Email ‘Subject’ text – type the following into the ‘Subject’ line for each email

489 Visa, Applicant’s name, SkillSelect EOI number, the number of each email if multiple emails are required (e.g. 1 of 3, 2 of 3. 3 of 3)

  • Email size – maximum of 10Mbs per email. Do not exceed this limit
  • Attachment of documents – PDF or Word documents preferred

If your application for regional sponsorship has been assessed successfully for referral RDACW will notify you by email.

Please note that processing time for applications is up to 6 weeks from RDACW’s receipt of the application.

Please do not request updates on the status of your application unless it is outside this timeframe.

If the application is assessed as suitable for referral for State nomination a processing fee will be payable.  Prior to referral the applicant will be invoiced for the RDACW processing fee of AUD$770 with the receipt of payment finalising the referral process for State nomination.

RDACW Processing Fee is non-refundable: The processing fee is payable and non-refundable at the time of referral for NSW nomination.