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Need help with RSMS?

​​​​​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:

  • the Temporary Residence Transition stream; or
  • the Direct Entry stream

Under the Direct Entry stream the employer and nominated position must be assessed by an RSMS certifying body.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development, through Western Australia Migration Services, is a 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;
  • Gascoyne;
  • Great Southern;
  • Kimberley;
  • Mid West;
  • Peel;
  • Pilbara;
  • South West; and
  • Wheatbelt.

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. 

     Closure over the Christmas and new year period 2018/19
     22 November 2018

The WA Migration Services office will be closed from 4.00 pm, Friday 21 December 2018 and reopen at 8.30 am, Wednesday
2 January 2019.

No assessment outcomes under the Regional Sponsored
Migration Scheme will be issued during this time.


    New checklist for applications for certification
    advice under the Regional Sponsored Migration
    Scheme (RSMS).

    1 November 2018

The checklist for applying for nomination certification has
been amended to reflect updated criteria released by the Department of Home Affairs and comes into effect today.

This will not affect applications for certification advice that have already been lodged with Migration Services.

The updated criteria is listed below:

  • We must be satisfied that there is a genuine need for the
    identified person to be employed in the position, under the
    direct control of the nominator.
  • We must be satisifed that the position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is living in, or
    would move to, the local area concerned.
  • We must be satisfied that the identified person will be paid at
    least the annual market salary rate for the occupation.

For more information and the new checklist, see the RSMS RCB application requirements and how to be assessed page.

Migration Services has moved

17 April 2018

Migration Services has moved to 1 Prospect Place, West Perth.

The same services are available at the new location, including:

New opening hours are 8.30 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.

Ask for Migration Services at the reception area shown on the map below.

The telephone number and all email addresses remains the same.

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