Skilled Work Regional Visa – (subclass 491)

Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491)

The Mid North Coast is now CLOSED for applications for this financial year. Applications are expected to open again 1 July 2023.

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The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) allows skilled migrants to live, study and work in designated regional areas for a period of 5 years.

Regional Development Australia (RDA) offices across NSW assist the NSW government in assessing nomination applications for the 491 visa.

The Federal Government retains ultimate responsibility for Australia’s migration program, including the allocation of available places across program streams and making decisions on visa applications.

Nomination Pathways

There two pathways:

  1. Pathway 1 has 2 streams administered by the RDAs:

2. Pathway 2 – Is the NSW Government Invitation Only Pathway

Common questions

Answers to common questions about skilled visas are also available.

Alternative migration pathways

NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is just one of a number of visa options for prospective skilled migrants.

There are a range of visas offered by Home Affairs, including both temporary and permanent employer nominated visas. You may also wish to seek advice from a registered migration agent

How to apply

Step One: Complete Application and Submit Documentation

Apply online by going to the NSW 491 Application webpage: at this site you will complete the application form and be asked to provide relevant documentation that addresses your Expression of Interest (EOI) claims, which should be provided in Zip File Format. As part of this process, you will be asked which RDA you are applying for (you can only apply for one RDA Region).

Payment to your chosen RDA must be made immediately prior to lodging your application with them. Evidence and receipt of such payment must be included in your zip-files at the time you submit your application to the relevant RDA.

Step Two: Get to Know Your Region

As the region that is supporting you and providing you with the opportunity to gain a 491 visa and potentially permanent residency, we expect you to genuinely commit to the Mid North Coast region by living and working here and to make a positive contribution to our communities.

Therefore, it is important that you get to know the Mid North Coast region, and research whether the work and lifestyle opportunities it provides are suitable for you and any dependents you may have.

There are the Local Government Areas covered by RDA Mid North Coast:

Coffs Harbour City
Bellingen Shire
Nambucca Valley
Kempsey Shire
Port Macquarie-Hastings
Taree Community
Norfolk Island
Lord Howe Island

Step 3: RDA Confirmation of Receipt of Documentation

The application and Zip file will be forwarded to your nominated RDA.

Your RDA will send a confirmation email of receipt of documentation and provide details regarding payment of your fee.

Step 4: Assessment Fee 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.

Our assessment fees are:

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

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

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Step 5: RDA Assessment Process

Applications will be processed in the order in which complete applications are received and will be completed within 8 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.

Step 6: Await Outcome of your Application

Once we have referred your application to the NSW Government for nomination, it will take up to 5 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.

Data Collection Notice

The personal information you provide to RDA Mid North Coast (RDAMNC) is subject to the Privacy & Personal Information Act 1998. It is being collected by RDAMNC and will be used for the purposes related to NSW nomination under the NSW Business and Skilled Migration Program.

 RDAMNC may share the personal information provided by you in connection with your application for nomination with the NSW Government, the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs and RDA Sydney for the purposes of verification and processing of your nomination and subsequent visa application. RDAMNC will not disclose your personal information to anybody else unless authorised by law. The provision of your personal information is required to be supplied for the purposes of assessing your eligibility for NSW nomination for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491). If you choose not to provide any requested personal information, we may not be able to assess your application for nomination.

You have the right to request access to, and correct the details of, your personal information held by us. For further information concerning the management, storage, and privacy of your information, please refer to the NSW Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade website


Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491) Program – RDA Mid North Coast Refund Statement

 There are limited circumstances under which RDAMNC will refund an applicant their application fee for the Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491) Program. These circumstances include:

  1. Applicant turns 45 years of age during assessment process:
    1. The applicant has paid the application fee of $800 (incl. GST) and supplied proof of payment to RDAMNC, and
    2. The applicant turns 45 years of age during the assessment process being conducted by RDAMNC, and
    3. Accordingly, RDAMNC is obliged to cease its assessment, deem the application unsuccessful and refuse nomination
  1. Clerical billing error:
    1. RDAMNC discovers, or it is brought to the attention of RDAMNC that a clerical error in its billing system has occurred, and
    2. Accordingly, where an applicant has been invoiced incorrectly and therefore made payment to RDAMNC for an amount that is considered to be incorrect.

The above circumstances are the only circumstances in which RDAMNC will refund an applicant their application fee or part thereof.

All permitted refunds will be returned to applicants in the manner in which the original payment was made and to the same corresponding bank account.

*Note: Under no circumstances are refunds available to applicants for having a change of mind concerning the Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491) Program or being materially non-compliant with the application criteria set out by the NSW Government and the Department of Home Affairs.

**All refunds are at the discretion of RDAMNC or at the direction of the NSW Government.









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