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​​​​​​​​​​To nominate a skilled worker under the direct entry stream, the employer must be assessed by a regional certifying body​ (RCB). The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) requires an assessment outcome from a regional certifying body before they will finalise an application for employer nomination.

To be assessed as successful, the employer must demonstrate the following criteria to the RCB:

  • ​There is a genuine need for a paid employee in the nominator's business for the nominated position.

  • The position cannot be filled locally by an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

  • The terms and conditions of employment are the same as those that would be offered to an Australian citizen or permanent resident performing the same tasks at the same location.

  • The occupation is ANZSCO​ skill levels 1–3​​. Occupations with ANZSCO skill levels 4 or 5 are not eligible for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).


The Department of Training and Workforce Development is the RCB for Western Australia (excluding the Perth metropolitan area and the Goldfields–Esperance region).

To be assessed by SMWA:

Once assessment has been completed, the employer will receive an email with the outcome and a signed Form 1404 which is then used in the application to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection​.

If you have any questions regarding the process, contact Skilled Migration Western Australia​.

For information regarding the application to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection​


Goldfields–Esperance region

Regional Development Australia​ is the RCB for the Goldfields–Esperance region. Contact them directly to find out more about the assessment process.

T: +61 8 9091 6051 (from outside Australia)

E: eo@rdage.com.au​​


Outside of Western Australia

Contact the Department of Immigra​tion and Border Protection​​ for an RCB outside of Western Australia.​


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