Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa subclass 494

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR)

UPDATE: The 494 visa fee will increase to $770 from 1 July 2021.

For information about the application process and lodgement details, please email:  migration@rdanmnc.org.au

Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast, is a Regional Certifying Body for the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494).

The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) (SESR visa) enables Australian employers in designated regional areas to nominate skilled overseas workers. The SESR 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.

When an employer decides to nominate a skilled overseas worker for a SESR visa in the Employer Sponsored (ES) stream, the nomination must be accompanied by advice completed by a relevant Regional Certifying Body (RCB).  The RCB must have responsibility for the area where the nominated position is located. RCBs provide advice to the Department regarding the Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) for the occupation.

More information about the SESR visa here

Regional Australia

The SESR visa covers all of Australia except Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Areas of Australia is further defined by reference to a Legislative Instrument that specifies regional areas by post code.

View Designated regional area postcodes here.

RCB Assessment

A “request for assessment” can be made electronically (preferred) to (insert your organisation mailbox (email) address here), or for paper based applications insert your physical mailing address or post office box.

For each request for assessment lodged, the RCB must provide the Department with advice as to whether the identified person would be paid at least the AMSR for the occupation.

Criteria: Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR)

There is a market salary rate framework for the SESR visa program. As a result, where the overseas skilled worker will be paid less than AUD250,000, nominators need to demonstrate that:

  • they have determined the AMSR
  • the overseas skilled worker will not be paid less than this amount (i.e. less than what an Australian worker would be paid)
  • both the AMSR and what the overseas skilled worker will be paid, excluding any non-monetary benefits in both cases, must be no less than the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) – i.e. currently AUD53,900.

Further information on salary and employment condition requirements for sponsored skilled visas, including determining the AMSR, can be found here.

Regional Certifying Body (SESR subclass 494)

As a Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for Mid North Coast, NSW, Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast provides advice to the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) on the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) (SESR visa) in the Employer Sponsored (ES) stream.

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The RCB’s role is to provide advice to Home Affairs on the SESR – ES applications, using local area knowledge to advise on whether the nominee for the position will be paid at least the Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) for the occupation.

ES stream nominations must be accompanied by advice from an RCB; however, this advice can be provided before or after lodgement of the ES stream nomination application with Home Affairs.

RCBs must provide their assessment advice to Home Affairs within 28 days of receipt of the request. RCB advice is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.

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Regional Certifying Body (SESR subclass 494)

Q2: Why do I need RCB advice?

The RCB’s role is to provide advice to Home Affairs on the SESR – ES applications, using local area knowledge to advise on whether the nominee for the position will be paid at least the Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) for the occupation.

ES stream nominations must be accompanied by advice from an RCB; however, this advice can be provided before or after lodgement of the ES stream nomination application with Home Affairs.

Occupations for nominated positions must be included on the Skilled Occupation List.

​Required information

All applications for RCB advice must include the following information:

  • Payment of $770 processing fee (See payment details below)
  • Form 1404 (Download below)
  • Position description
  • Employment contract
  • Relevant Award or Enterprise Agreement
  • Organisational chart
  • ABN and business address details where the nominee will be working
  • A copy of financial year accounts P&L and Balance Sheet (unaudited)
  • Copy of the relevant award if referenced
  • Payslips of other employees working same position

Payment of Processing Fees

The processing fee is $770.00 (inc GST).  Payment can be made via direct deposit into the RDAMNC bank account:

Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast

National Australia Bank

BSB: 082356

AC: 906804953

Ref: Nominee or Business Name

Download Form 1404 – HERE

Lodgement email address: migration@rdamnc.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

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