The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) is a Department of Home Affairs program that allows Australian employers in regional Australia to sponsor (nominate) skilled migrants to fill employment vacancies, where there are no local Australians living in or wishing to move to the regional area where the nominated position is located.
Employers in regional Australia can nominate skilled migrants to fill a full time vacancy, ongoing for at least two years, where there is a demonstrated and genuine need for a paid employee.
The RSMS visa allows skilled migrants to work in Australia under one of two streams:
Under the Direct Entry stream the employer and nominated position must be assessed by an RSMS regional certifying body.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development, through Western Australia Migration Services, is a regional certifying body and provides advice to the Department of Home Affairs on whether RSMS direct entry stream applications meet set requirements.
WA Migration Services accepts applications to certify positions for RSMS in the following regions throughout Western Australia:
- Cocos and Christmas Islands
The Perth metropolitan area is excluded from the definition of Regional Australia for the RSMS. Information about the RSMS is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.
The updated guidelines for certification can be found in the checklist for nomination certification.
Regional Development Australia is the RCB for the Goldfields–Esperance region. Contact them directly to find out more about the assessment process.
T: +61 8 9091 6051 (from outside Australia)
Designated Area Migration Agreement
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has established a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) with the Department of Home Affairs. This agreement has its own occupation list providing employers in the region with access to a broader range of skilled workers, utilising the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) and the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186).
The Western Australian Government is not formally involved in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder DAMA. Employers in this region should contact the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for further information.
T: +61 8 9021 9600 (from outside Australia)