Regional Western Australia offers a range of stunning landscapes and environments — from the beautiful outback up north to the magnificent forests down south, and the stunning coastline across the state, it's a great move!
Current processing time is 20 working days
You can find out more about regional WA in the Moving to Western Australia section of our website
If you're planning on migrating to regional WA, the following information may be useful.
Regional Certifying Body advice
The Department of Training and Workforce Development, through WA Migration Services, is an approved Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for all of WA, except the Goldfields–Esperance region who apply to Regional Development Australia for RCB advice(opens in a new tab).
The Skilled employer sponsored regional (provisional) visa (subclass 494)(opens in a new tab) (SESR) is a Home Affairs visa that allows Australian employers in regional Australia to sponsor (nominate) skilled migrants to fill employment vacancies, where the employer cannot source an appropriately skilled Australian worker.
To nominate a skilled position through the employer sponsored stream of the SESR with Home Affairs, the employer and the nominated position must be assessed by a Regional Certifying Body (RCB).
To be assessed by WA Migration Services, applications must demonstrate the following criteria and the certifying body must be satisfied that:
- the identified person will be paid at least the Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) for the occupation. The AMSR is defined by Home Affairs on their Salary and employment condition requirements for sponsored skilled visas website page(opens in a new tab); and
- the nominated occupation is listed on the Medium and long term strategic skills list or regional occupation list(opens in a new tab).
How to apply for RCB advice
To lodge an application with WA Migration Services, you need to:
prepare the required documents listed in the checklist for nomination certification(PDF document - opens in a new tab)[PDF 248 KB]. You will be asked to scan and attach the required documents as part of the application. All documents should be high quality colour copies of the original;
- pay the $200 application fee: and
- complete the application for RCB advice via the button below.
Once the assessment has been completed, the nominator (employer) will receive an email with the RCB advice and a signed Form 1404 which is then used in your application to Home Affairs.
If you have any questions regarding the process, contact the WA Migration Services team
Nominating a skilled worker with Home Affairs
For information regarding the nomination process, visit the Home Affairs website(opens in a new tab).
The assessment advice must have been obtained no more than three (3) months before the date the nomination is lodged. If the assessment advice is dated more than three (3) months before the date the nomination is lodged, the Home Affairs decision maker may require a fresh RCB assessment to be obtained. This is because labour market conditions may have changed sufficiently for new advice to be warranted.
The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (subclass 187) visa is now discontinued, and WA Migration Services no longer accepts or assess applications for this program.
Please contact WA Migration Services if you require assistance relating to a previous RSMS application.