Regional Certifying Body


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).  Specific details can be found on the Department of Home Affairs' website.

Where an employer decides to nominate a skilled overseas worker for a SESR visa in the Employer Sponsored (ES) stram, the nomincation must be accompanied by advice completed by a relevant regional Certifying Body (RCB) at the time of the decision.  The RCB must have responsibilitiy for the area where the nominated position is located.  These requirements are legislated in the Migration regulations 1994 under Regulation 2.72C.  If the nominating employer has not requested the RCB to provide the advice, and the advice has not been received by the Department of Home Affairs, then the lodged employer nomination application cannot be progressed.

Regional Development Australia (RDAGE) is the RCB for the Goldfields-Esperance region which encompasses the nine local government areas of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Shires of Coolgardie, Dundas, Esperance, Laverton, Leonora, Menzies, Ngaanyatjarraku and Ravensthorpe.

To apply for RCB advice, employers or migration agents (engaged by the employer) must download and complete the Department of Home Affairs 1404 form and the RDAGE Checklist. The completed forms and supporting documents are to be emailed to admin@rdage.com.au for assessment.

A non-refundable processing fee is charged for processing applications for RCB advice. The processing fee is an administration charge only and does not guarantee the approval of an application. The processing fee of $440 (inc GST) may be paid by electronic funds transfer (EFT) to:

  • Bank:                    Westpac
  • Account Name:     RDA Goldfields Esperance
  • BSB:                     036-125
  • Account:               306905
  • Description:          Name of nominating business

The processing fee must be received prior to assessment of an application.

The following is a summary of the documents/information required in your application for RCB advice. Before you apply, please review the RDAGE checklist.

  • Employment contract / letter of offer 
  • Organisational chart
  • Signed statement for the nominated position explaining how the AMSR was determined.
  • Evidence that the position is paid at the Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR):
    • Details of research undertaken and information used to determine the salary for the nominated position and;
    • If you employ Australian workers in equivalent positions, evidence of employment contracts and payslips for the Australian workers.

RDAGE highlight the importance of submitting a complete application. RDAGE only have 28 days to provide advice to the Department of Home Affairs from the time we receive the application. If the information we require is not provided within this timeframe, we will need to make an assessment based only on the information before us.