Skilled Migration


Goldfields Designated Area Migration (DAMA)

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, with support from RDA Goldfields Esperance, has established a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) with the Department of Home Affairs.

The Goldfields DAMA is a five year labour agreement between the Federal Government, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Shires of Coolgardie, Leonora and Menzies. It aims to attract skilled migrants to work and live in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Coolgardie, Leonora and Menzies, allowing Goldfields employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers in specified industries that are currently experiencing critical skill and labour shortages.

In the first year, around 72 occupations are eligible for sponsorship under the Goldfields DAMA.  The Goldfields DAMA provides 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).

For more information, refer to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder website.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)

Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance has been gazetted by the Federal Department of Home Affairs as a Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for the Goldfields-Esperance regionOur role as a RCB is to assess migration applications for the RSMS Direct Entry stream, through knowledge of the local skills shortages, actively operating businesses in the region and assessing positions under the legislative requirements of the scheme. The only type of migration application dealt with by RDAGE is the RSMS subclass 187, Direct Entry Scheme and the new Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494) (SESR Visa). 

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) allows Australian employers in regional and low population growth areas of Australia to nominate skilled workers from overseas in order to fill skilled vacancies in their business. The businesses are required to provide two years full-time employment to the migrant. This visa is for skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who live and work in regional Australia. Effective from 1 July 2012, there are no offshore or onshore distinctions and there are three entry streams to this visa category.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 494)

The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494) (SESR Visa) enables Australian employers in areas speficied by the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs in a Legislation Instrument to sponsor (nominate) skilled overseas workers.  This is to assist employers in regional and low population growth areas of Australia where they have been unable to fill vacant positions with Australian citizens or permanent residents living in or wishing to move to the regional area where the nominated position is located. The new SESR (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) has replaced the Skilled Regional Nominated visa (subclass 489).  

Covid 19 Government Website

The Deparment of Home Affairs now has a dedicated website on COVID-19 which includes:

  • Frequently Asked Questions for Temporary Visa Holders; and
  • Travel restrictions including applying for an exemption to the travel restrictions.