The Australian Government has announced changes to our immigration program to strengthen our economy and boost our regional areas. The changes include:

  • two new Skilled Regional Provisional visas. Full details will be provided when advised.
  • a new permanent resident visa for new regional provisional visa holders
  • a simplified definition of regional Australia for skilled migration purposes
  • additional points under the Skilled Migration Points Test for migrants nominated to live and work in regional Australia
  • extra options for international students who graduate from regional universities

Department of Home Affairs have made these changes to will help get the right skills into the right regions to support regional businesses and ensure local communities thrive. The link to this information provided by Department of Home Affairs can be found below.

RDA Mid North Coast invites skilled migrants to enjoy the lifestyle of regional Australia by applying for sponsorship to live and work in the Mid North Coast region under  the Employer Nominated Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa subclass 494 The SESR visa enables regional employers to sponsor overseas skilled workers and employ them to work in skilled vacant positions which cannot be filled using the local labour market.

Under the SESR subclass 494 visa, the RCB assists employers to permanently employ overseas skilled workers by assessing the Employer Nomination applications which are submitted to the Department of Home Affairs.

Full details will be provided when advised.

Regional Development Australia (RDA)-Mid North Coast invites skilled migrants to enjoy the lifestyle of regional Australia by applying for sponsorship to live and work in the Mid North Coast region under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) allows Australian employers in regional and low population growth areas of Australia to address skilled vacancies in their business that they have been unable to fill locally by sponsoring skilled foreign workers for permanent residence.

The Mid North Coast RCB assesses and provides the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) with advice on Direct Entry Stream employer nominations only.

Direct Entry Stream is for applicants who are untested in the Australian labour market and have not held a subclass 457 visa for at least the last 2 years, or who are applying directly from outside of Australia.

Click here for additional information on the RSMS.

Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast NSW Inc. (RDAMNC) is gazetted by the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) as the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for the Mid North Coast NSW Region. Applicants outside this region should locate a RCB near to them.

Direct Entry Stream

As an RCB, RDAMNC will provide advice on RSMS Direct Entry employer nomination applications.

This stream is used if you want to nominate an applicant to fill a position that is:

  • an occupation that is classified at skill level 1 to 3 by the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
  • full-time, ongoing and for at least two years.

You must seek advice from a Regional Certifying Body in relation to the position you want to fill. The resulting advice can be submitted before or after you lodge an employer nomination application online.

RDAMNC has recently identified areas of employment within the Mid North Coast Region for which we have determined there is no apparent current skill shortage. This includes: Cafe/Restaurant, Office, Customer, and Retail and Service Managers, Retail Buyers as per the following Standard Classification of Occupation Unit Groups:

OccupationUnit Group           ANZSCO
Customer Service ManagerUnit Group 1492       149212
Retail and Service ManagerUnit Group 1499       149999
Retail Managers (general)

Retail Buyer

Unit Group 1421       142111

Unit Group 6392       639211

Cafe or Restaurant ManagerUnit Group 1411       141111
Office ManagerUnit Group 5121        512111

It is still possible to apply for Regional Certification of RSMS for these occupations; however, these occupations generally will not receive regional support.


Requests for RSMS assessments should be lodged with Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast NSW Inc. for positions located within the Mid North Coast Region. RDAMNC will assess the application against the three requirements under the Migration Regulations 5.19(4) as outlined on DIBP Form 1404.

Applicants must pay the required application fee with all available supporting documents (refer below).

Assessments will be provided within 3 months of lodgment of the request for assessment, subject to the application being decision ready when received by RDAMNC.

RDA Mid North Coast may request additional information where necessary to complete its assessment. On finalisation of the assessment, the DIBP Form 1404 (completed by certifying body) will be the returned to the applicant. The nomination application should then be submitted to DHA (if not already done so).

Where the assessment does not satisfy the requirements outlined on DHA Form 1404, RDA Mid North Coast will provide this advice to DHA. This advice will be considered by a DHA case officer when the application is assessed. Applicants will have a further opportunity at that time to make a further submission to DHA on this matter.

Documentary Requirements

Essential Documents

DIBP Form 1404 Completed

Nomination Application to DHA (or draft if not already sent) – application and DHA Form 1404 to be scanned and emailed to

While email is the preferred method of submitting the application, it may be mailed to:

RSMS Program Administrator
Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast
PO Box 750 Port Macquarie NSW 2444

If any of these documents are not supplied there will be one email request and if the documents are still not submitted this omission will result in a negative advice. No correspondence will be entered into regarding a negative advice and no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

  • Evidence of payment
  • Form 1404
  • Form 956 or online application

Criteria 1

  • Business registration – ABN or ACN certificate
  • Letter outlining the business and reasons for needing the nominated position
  • Organisational chart – every employee listed with start date, employment status (F/T, P/T, casual etc.) and position held in the business
  • Position description

New or diversifying business

  • Evidence of appropriate market research
  • Business plans
  • Financial budgets/forecasts
  • Availability of funds
  • Lease or purchase of business premises
  • Lease or purchase of equipment

Criteria 2

  • Labour Market Testing is required to be completed within the six months prior to lodging a nomination (or 12 months if the application is lodged prior to 18 June 2018).  Evidence which meets the following criteria will generally be considered sufficient:
    • the nominated position has been advertised in Australia
    • the advertisement was in English
    • the advertisement included the following information:
      • the title, or a description, of the position
      • the name of the approved sponsor or the recruitment agency being used by the sponsor and
      • the annual earnings for the position (unless the annual earnings will be greater than the Fair Work High Income Threshold, currently AUD 142,000). Note: it is acceptable, under policy, to publish a salary range (for example, AUD 80,000 to AUD 90,000)
  • at least two advertisements were published, and each advertisement was published in any one of the following ways:
    • on a national recruitment website (for example, – that is, a prominent or professional recruitment website that publishes advertisements for positions throughout Australia. Note: A general classifieds website or an advertisement solely through a social media notification, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or Gumtree is not an acceptable method
    • in national print media – that is, national newspapers or magazines that are published at least monthly and marketed throughout Australia
    • on national radio – that is, radio programs that are broadcast or syndicated nationally
    • internally to the business, if the position is an intra corporate transfer
    • on the business’ website, if the sponsor is accredited.
  • if the advertisement was published on a website, it ‘remained live’ for at least 21 consecutive calendar days.
  • if the advertisement was published in print media or on radio, applications or expressions of interest for the advertised position were accepted for at least 21 consecutive calendar days.
  • To avoid an unnecessary unfavourable outcome, where fees were paid for advertising, do not forget to attach the receipt to the nomination application as well as a copy of the relevant advertisement
    • List of applicants interviewed, selection criteria applied and reasons for unsuitability
    • Copies of all resumes received in response to the advertising

Criteria 3

  • Financial statements – Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet for the most recent 2 financial years and BAS for same
  • Letter of support from the accountant
  • Evidence of Superannuation paid to employees by way of clearing house receipt with matching bank statements showing transfer of funds
  • Employment contract or letter of offer ensuring National Employment Standards (NES) are adhered to with regard to:
    • applicable Award or Agreement
    • base salary
    • Superannuation
    • Core hours and days of the week to be worked
    • Penalty rates for overtime and/or weekends
    • Leave entitlements – personal, annual, long service etc.
  • Payslips for equivalent/previous employee
  • If no equivalent employee, evidence from ABS and/or remuneration surveys

The RCB Advice is advice only, and does not constitute a ‘decision’. The final decision rests with DHA. If RDA MNC assesses the application as unsuccessful there is still the opportunity to provide DHA with further documents. Applicants also have the ‘right to review’ through DHA. RDA MNC will not enter into any discussion regarding applications receiving a negative advice.

Processing Fee

A processing fee of $660.00 (including GST) applies per application submitted for request for assessment.

Priority processing can be completed in 4 weeks from receipt of application and full payment provided ALL of the above listed documents are included.  The priority processing fee is $990.00 (including GST).

No refunds will be given for change of mind or withdrawal of application.

A cheque made payable to Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast should be submitted with the assessment application or alternatively payment can be made by EFT to:

Account Name: Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast
BSB: 932-000
Account: 500 166 640
Reference: 187, “Name of nominating business”
Bank Institution: Regional Australia Bank Ltd
ABN: 21 087 650 360

 To help you settle in the Mid North Coast

The following information booklet has been developed as a resource to assist you in your move to the Mid North Coast.

Information booklet for skilled migrants moving to the Mid North Coast

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