Regional Development Australia Far West is a Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for the far west region of New South Wales. We provide skilled migration services as part of an overarching regional workforce planning and development strategy.
As an RCB we assess the suitability of applicants to fill gaps in our existing labour market and recommend these applicants to the Department of Home Affairs.
This means we play a role in assessing eligibility for the following visa:
The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494) (SESR Visa) enables Australian employers in areas specified by the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs in a Legislation Instrument to sponsor (nominate) skilled overseas workers. This 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.
Visa sub-class 494
The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) – Employer Sponsored stream (SESR) is a visa program that allows employers in regional and low population growth areas of Australia to sponsor workers from overseas in order to fill skilled vacancies that cannot otherwise be filled. This is an important option for employers who cannot find the skilled workers they need locally (we require evidence that a genuine attempt to do so be supplied, along with other supporting documents about the nominating employer and their genuine need for the suitable skilled position).
The Subclass (494) visa binds a suitable applicant to a specific regional business for a minimum of 3 years, after the granting of the visa, however, the applicant may begin working for the business as soon as they have working rights within Australia.
This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers. It involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. RDA FW certifies 494 applications under the Employer Sponsored Stream.