Skilled Migration for the Mid North Coast

Applications (for subclass 491 visas) for the Mid North Coast are now CLOSED for the remainder of the financial year to 30 June 2023.

Note: RDA Mid North Coast does not send messages by WhatsApp and will not contact you via SMS texts to your phone.

If you receive a text or WhatsApp message that looks like it is from RDA Mid North Coast please:

  • be careful
  • do not click on any links
  • do not reply to a text or WhatsApp request for further information.

If you have made a payment to RDA Mid North Coast do not make another payment.

Please report any dubious contact to 491visa@rdamnc.org.au 

Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast (RDAMNC) is making an important contribution to the NSW Mid North Coast region’s economy through its skilled migration program. For employers who need a position filled and cannot do so with local labour, skilled migrant labour can be critical. For skilled workers from overseas, these pathways to permanent residency can potentially provide an opportunity for a quality lifestyle in a quiet yet vibrant regional Australian community.

Under the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs there are several regional visa options that can assist employers and prospective employees.  RDAMNC’s primary involvement is with the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)

This visa enables regional employers to address identified labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker.  The 494 Visa allows a nominee to:

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Live, work and study in designated regional areas  of Australia for 5 years.
  • Apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time of visa grant.

Under the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs, RDAMNC performs the role of Regional Certifying Body for this visa, which entails providing advice to the Department about local labour market conditions and other relevant regional matters.

RDAMNC is the only Regional Certifying Body for the Mid North Coast region of NSW, which includes the following seven Local Government Areas:

  • Coffs Harbour City
  • Bellingen Shire
  • Nambucca Valley
  • Kempsey Shire
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings
  • The community of Taree
  • Norfolk Island
  • Lord Howe Island

Please follow the links below for detailed skilled migration information assistance.
Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa sub-class 494

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

This is a provisional visa for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia and allows them to:

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​stay in Australia for 5 years
  • live, work and study in a designated regional areas  of Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid​
  • apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time of visa grant.

RDAMNC accept applications under Pathway 1 from prospective skilled migrations for the NSW Government nominated Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491). Applicants are supported by RDAMNC and receive a State Sponsored nomination if they meet the criteria and are  skilled in an occupation that is:

In addition to liaising with employers and skilled migrants, RDAMNC works with community organisations which help address the challenges of settling in and engaging with a regional community.

Follow this link for more information on how to apply for a  Skilled Regional NSW (visa sub-class 491) nominations

Further Information and Advice for Skilled Regional Visas

Information and Advice

Extensive information about Regional Skilled Migration Visas can be obtained from the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website: www.homeaffairs.gov.au and the NSW Government’s website: https://www.business.nsw.gov.au

If you would like to make an enquiry with the Department of Home Affairs, please visit their website: www.homeaffairs.gov.au.

The general enquiries number is 131881.

It is not the role of RDA Mid North Coast to provide migration advice. We can explain the requirements (for assessment) of the 491 and 494 visas only. You should only seek advice from a formally Registered Migration Agent. Choosing an agent based in your local region could be advantageous, due to local knowledge, regional commitment and general logistic efficiencies.

Contact Details for Skilled Migration

Email applications and enquiries:

491visa@rdamnc.org.au – please limit each email to 10MB

Postal applications:

ATTN: Migration Officer
Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast
PO Box 83
Macksville NSW 2447

Supporting documentation for 494 and 491 visa nominations can be considerable. Sending by email is the preferred option but if you prefer to post, documents should be photocopies (certified where appropriate).

The Mid North Coast Region

If you are interested in relocating to this region, we encourage you to learn about it. Online information can be found here.

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