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Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa (subclass 494)

Q: When did the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Direct Entry) (RSMS) (subclass 187) visa close? 

The RSMS closed to new applicants at 11:59pm AEST on 15 November 2019.

Q: Why has my Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Direct Entry) visa (187) certification lodged with the Department of Home Affairs on or before 11:59 pm AEST on 15 November 2019 not been processed within the advertised processing time?

The processing time refers to a 'decision ready' application. Decision ready means you have provided all the documentation required for WA Migration Services to complete an assessment of your application. If WA Migration Services requests further information, then your application will not be decision ready until it has been provided. Once your application is decision ready, it will be assessed and a final outcome will be issued within the advertised processing times. 


Q: What are the postcodes relevant to the Regional Sponsored Migration program (RSMS) (subclass 187) visa for Western Australia (lodged with the Department of Home Affairs on or before 11:59 pm AEST on 15 November 2019). 

1. RCB - Department of Training and Workforce Development, through WA Migration Services

​Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands 

​6798, 6799


​ 6537, 6701, 6705, 6707

​Great Southern    

​6316, 6318–6343, 6394–6397


​6725–6743, 6765, 6770

​Mid West

​6514, 6515, 6517–6519,       6522–6536, 6614–6646


​6121–6126, 6207–6215


​6710–6722, 6751–6762

​South West

​6218–6224, 6226–6290, 6398


​6041–6044, 6083, 6084, 6225, 6302–6315, 6317, 6350–6393, 6401–6428, 6460–6513, 6516, 6521, 6556–6575, 6603–6613


 2. Regional Development Australia


​6348, 6429–6452

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Post codes sourced from Australia Post


Q: Do all applications for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (lodged with the Department of Home Affairs on or before 11:59 pm AEST on 15 November 2019), need to be assessed by a regional certifying body?

No. If an employee has worked for the employer for the last two years while on a subclass 457 or subclass 482 visa, the employer may be eligible to nominate them directly with the Department of Home Affairs through the temporary residence stream. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

Only employers going through the direct entry stream need to be assessed by a regional certifying body. 


Q: I am an employer applying for RSMS certification advice (lodged with the Department of Home Affairs on or before  11:59 pm AEST on 15 November 2019), I need to provide evidence that the nominated position was advertised within three months, and the advertisement closed no less than two weeks before the date of my application. What evidence do I need to provide?

You need to provide evidence of at least two advertisements. Evidence must include: 

·         dates, duration and text of the advertisement;     

·         an invoice for the advertisement;

·         a scanned copy of the advertisement; or 

·         other relevant supporting documentation such as from a recruitment company.

An advertisement can be a print advertisement from a newspaper distributed across the state. Print advertisements for positions in regional Western Australia and for
fly-in-fly-out or drive-in-drive-out positions must be advertised in Western Australian newspapers, for example The West Australian or The Sunday Times. Placement of the advertisement in the newspapers must be appropriate for the advertised position, such as the vacancies classified section.

It can also be:

·         an online job advertisement over a minimum two week period on a jobs site
such as Seek or CareerOne; 

·         the employment section of the company website or Linkedln; or

·         a radio advertisement.

Social media platforms are no longer accepted as suitable evidence.

Both paid and unpaid online advertisements are acceptable.


Q: How soon after the advert closed can I lodge my application for certification advice for RSMS (lodged with the Department of Home Affairs on or before 11:59 pm AEST on 15 November 2019)?

A minimum two week period from the expiry of the advertisement is required prior to the lodgement of your application with WA Migration Services. This will allow for any recruitment processes to be completed.

For example, if the closing date for the advert was 31 May, 2019 then you would not be able to lodge your application until 15 of June, 2019.

You will need to provide evidence as outlined above, to demonstrate your advertisements meet requirements.


Q: What evidence should I provide to show the Annual Market Salary Rate for the position if I am using the applicable enterprise agreement, industrial award or similar?

You should refer to the Checklist for applying for nomination certification Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)  OR the Checklist for Nomination Certification Regional Sponsored Migration Program visa(subcalss 187) for the relevant details. 

Q: What details do migration agents need to provide on applications?

Migration agents must include their full contact details in applications for nomination certification. WA Migration Services are unable to discuss the details of an application with agents who are not listed on an application.

An email address is not sufficient, full contact details are required.


Q: Can we change the details on the Form 1404 once an application has been finalised?

Once the assessment is complete WA Migration Services is unable to change the Form 1404.


Q: Once an application has been lodged am I able to get priority processing?

Applications for certification advice are assessed in order of receipt.

Priority processing is not available.


[Published on 17 December 2019]

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