Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) Visa

Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491)

Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast will begin assisting NSW Treasury manage the subclass 491 visa in mid February 2021.

Each RDA office will accept and assess applications, and determine eligible occupations for their respective regions; however, nomination criteria is consistent across all regions. These criteria are outlined below.

Information about how to apply will be made available. RDA offices will focus on nominating applicants who are undertaking skilled work in critical sectors. These applicants are a priority for Government in supporting economic recovery following the impacts of COVID-19.

Please note that RDA Mid North Coast has a very limited number of sponsorships available and as such we will only accepting applications under Stream 1 initially. The priority is to be given to people currently living and working in this region.


Step 1 – Check Eligibility Criteria

You must meet all the criteria in one of the following three streams to be eligible for NSW nomination.  Please note that Mid North Coast is currently only accepting applications under stream 1 as priority will be given to people currently living and working in the region.

  1. Living and working in regional NSW;
  2. Recently completed study in regional NSW; or
  3. Living and working outside of regional NSW.

Full details on the eligibility criteria are available on our Eligibility for Nomination Criteria page – HERE

Step 2 – Check the Occupation List

The skilled occupations for each region will be different, so it is important that you check that your occupation is currently being accepted for our region. This list is updated regularly, and sometimes needs to be changed without notice. Your occupation must be on this list when you submit your application.

It is important that the skilled occupation on your application to the Mid North Coast matches the occupation that is entered into SkillSelect. If these do not match, you cannot be nominated to apply from the NSW Government. 

Please note that nominations are limited for each occupation and region and not everyone who applies will be selected, even if they meet the eligibility criteria.  As the occupation list is updated regularly, there may be variances between the list below and the copy provided by the NSW Government. The list below is the current edition, and applications need to adhere to this list. Occupations that are on the copy provided by the NSW Government but not on this list will not be accepted.

Our occupation list is available for the Mid North Coast – HERE

Step 3 – Get to Know the Mid North Coast Region

As part of receiving a nomination from the NSW Government, applicants commit to live and work in NSW for the first two years of their visa. According to visa regulations, the applicant must have a genuine commitment to live and work in the nominating state.

This commitment is a condition of the NSW Government’s nomination.

If you are interested in relocating to this region, we encourage you to learn about it. Online information can be found on the RDAMNC website – HERE

Step 4 – Complete Your Application Form and Documentation

The application form and required documentation for each stream is different, so it is important that you select the correct stream to avoid delays in processing your application.

Application forms and document checklists for each of the streams are available through the links below.

Stream 1- Living and Working in Regional NSW

Stream 1 – Application Form and Document Checklist

Stream 2 – Recently Completed Study in Regional NSW

Stream 3 – Living and Working Outside of a Designated Regional Postcode of NSW.

Stream 3a – Job Offer in Regional NSW

Stream 3a – Application Form and Document Checklist

Stream 3c – Family Ties in Regional NSW

Stream 3c Application Form and Document Checklist

Please note that RDA Mid North Coast has a very limited number of sponsorships available and as such we will only accepting applications under “Stream 1” initially.  The priority is to be given to people currently living and working in this region.

Step 5 – Submit Your Application

All applications should be addressed to our Skilled Migration Project Officer.

It is preferable to submit your application by email, as this can reduce the processing time for your application as we will receive your application quicker.

Email applications, with all supporting documents clearly identified and in separate files to :

You will receive an automated reply from our email system to acknowledge receipt of your application.

Alternatively, you can send a hard copy of your application to us by mail to:

Attn: Migration Officer
RDA Mid North Coast
PO Box 83
Macksville, 2447, NSW

Step 6 – Make Payment for Your Application Assessment

If we have sponsorships available we will contact you, via the email address your application was submitted on, for payment and the payment instructions.

Payment is required as part of your application, and we will not commence assessment of your application until your payment can be verified.

Note that payment for your application assessment fee does not guarantee a positive outcome for your application.

Our assessment fees are:

Skilled Regional State Nominated (491 visa) : AUD $800.00

Step 7 – Await the Outcome of Your Application

Applications will be processed in the order in which complete applications are received and will be completed within 6 weeks.

Once we have assessed your application we will be in contact with you to request further information if required documents were not included in your application submission or to advise you on the outcome of your application.

If your application is successful, we will provide you with information about the next steps in the process.

Once we have advised the NSW Government that we have offered you nomination, it will take up to 4 working days (Monday to Friday, and excluding NSW public holidays) for the nomination to be processed and you will receive an invitation to apply from SkillSelect.

Frequently Asked Questions can be found – HERE

NOTE: S48 bar

The section 48 bar applies to applicants who are holding a bridging visa, and have had a visa refused or cancelled, since their last entry into Australia.

If you are subject to a section 48 bar you need to leave Australia before you can reapply for a visa.

NSW will not re-nominate applicants who are subject to a section 48 bar where their nomination has expired, and they are unable to leave Australia.

Nomination allocations provided by the Department of Home Affairs are limited and it is currently uncertain when border restrictions will be lifted.

To ensure the limited nomination positions allocated to NSW go to support the economic recovery of the state, RDA Mid North Coast will not re-nominate applicants subject to a section 48 bar.



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