SKILLEDWORK REGIONAL VISA (SUBCLASS 491)
491 Program Update – August 2021
NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is now by invitation only.
You must first register your interest in NSW nomination to be considered. Below you will find information about the nomination process, how to register your interest in NSW nomination, and nomination criteria.
- Submission windows for the 2021- 2022 financial year are the months of August, October, January, and March.
- Invitations to apply will be issued up to seven days of a submission window closing.
- See our How to register your interest for NSW nomination page for information about how to register your interest.
- See our Common questions about skilled visas page for more information about how to apply and nomination criteria.
The New Nomination Process
To apply for NSW nomination, you must:
Ensure you are eligible for the Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)
Confirm you meet the criteria under a NSW nomination stream
Complete an EOI in SkillSelect
Register your interest during a submission window
Be invited to apply
Apply to an RDA office where your skills are required within 14 days
How to Register Your Interest in NSW Nomination
Simply complete our online form during a ‘submission window’ to register you interest in NSW nomination.
You must meet all criteria in one of the following three streams to be eligible to be invited to apply for NSW nomination.
Step 1 – Check Eligibility Criteria – Complete and EOI in SkillSelect
First check if you are eligible to apply for nomination for a 491 Skilled Work Regional Visa through one of the following three streams:
- Stream 1 – I am living and working in regional NSW
- Stream 2 – I have recently completed study in regional NSW
- Stream 3 – I am skilled in an occupation required in regional NSW
Step 2 – Check the Occupation List and Register your interest during the submission window
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. You must hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears in your nominated region’s occupation List
Our Skilled Occupation list is available here Regional Development Australia Far West Skilled occupations 2021- 2022
Step 3 – Be invited to apply and get to know the Far West NSW 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 Far West region by living and working here and to making a positive contribution to our communities.
Therefore, it is important that you get to know the Far West region, and research whether the work and lifestyle opportunities it provides are suitable for you and any dependents you may have. We have collated a range of information about the region’s location, postcodes and communities to help you get to know the Far West NSW region to help you make this decision.
RDA Far West will NOT be accepting offshore applications. This is due to the request from the Australian Government to prioritise on-shore applicants and the national border restrictions due to COVID-19.
Step 4 – Apply to RDA Far West within 14 days
Apply to RDA Far West within 14 days of receiving invitation to apply from the NSW State Government Note that payment for your application assessment fee does not guarantee a positive outcome for your application. You are paying for the assessment process, not the outcome. Payment is required as part of your application, and we will not commence assessment of your application until your payment can be verified.
Assessment fees are:
Skilled Regional State Nominated (491 visa): AUD $800.00 (incl. GST)
Employer Nomination (RSMS 494 Visa): AUD $770.00 (incl. GST)
Please ensure that you include a copy of your payment receipt with your application submission so we can identify your payment. Payment is by Direct Deposit ONLY.
Our bank account details are below.
|Bank:||Broken Hill Community Credit Union|
|Account Name:||Regional Development Australia – Far West Inc|
|Account No:||377 376 73|
Please do not call or email our office regarding the progress of your application if it has been less than 6 weeks.
1. Living and working in Regional NSW
- hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on the Stream 1 Combined Occupation List.
- have been living in a designated regional area of NSW for at least the previous twelve months; and
- have been working in your nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation, in a designated regional area of NSW, for at least the previous twelve months
2. Recently completed study in regional NSW
To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must:
- hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region’s occupation list;
- have completed study or education with an education provider, where:
- the study was completed within the previous 24 months;
- the education provider is located in a designated regional area in NSW;
- the study meets the Australian study requirement (as determined by Home Affairs from time to time); and
- the qualification obtained from this study has been assessed as closely related to your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority; and
- have lived in a designated regional area of NSW while completing your study.
3. Have a skill in an occupation required in regional NSW
hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region’s occupation list;
- be currently residing in an Australian state or territory
Alternative migration options
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 is 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. A list of registered migration agents is available on the Migration Agents Registration Authority website.
If you receive an invitation from NSW Government to apply to RDA Far West
Complete Your Application Form and submit documentation within 14 days to:
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 3 – Skilled in an Occupation Required in Regional NSW
Note that payment for your application assessment fee does not guarantee a positive outcome for your application.
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.
The NSW Government will not re-nominate applicants who are subject to a section 48 bar where their 491 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.
Applicants and/or Migration Agents enquiries: Please note: Where the information you are seeking is covered by the content of our website or that of Investment NSW and/or DoHA, there will not be a customised response from either our office or that of Investment NSW.
Further, there is no special consideration for applicants who do not meet the requirements and/or do not fill in the webforms in their entirety. If you do not receive a response in a reasonable timeframe, please assume that the information you are seeking is already available on our websites and look there before contacting us again.