Need help with RSMS?

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) is a Department of Home Affairs program that allows Australian employers in regional Australia to sponsor (nominate) skilled migrants to fill employment vacancies, where there are no local Australians living in or wishing to move to the regional area where the nominated position is located.  

Employers in regional Australia can nominate skilled migrants to fill a full time vacancy, ongoing for at least two years, where there is a demonstrated and genuine need for a paid employee.

The RSMS visa allows skilled migrants to work in Australia under one of two streams:

  • the Temporary Residence Transition stream; or

  • the Direct Entry stream

Under the Direct Entry stream the employer and nominated position must be assessed by an RSMS regional certifying body.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development, through Western Australia Migration Services, is a regional certifying body and provides advice to the Department of Home Affairs on whether RSMS direct entry stream applications meet set requirements.

WA Migration Services accepts applications to certify positions for RSMS in the following regions throughout Western Australia:

  • Cocos and Christmas Islands
  • Gascoyne
  • Great Southern
  • Kimberley
  • Mid West
  • Peel
  • Pilbara
  • South West
  • Wheatbelt

The Perth metropolitan area is excluded from the definition of Regional Australia for the RSMS. Information about the RSMS is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

The updated guidelines for certification can be found in the checklist for nomination certification.

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: director@rdage.com.au

Designated Area Migration Agreement

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has established a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) with the Department of Home Affairs. This agreement has its own occupation list providing employers in the region with access to a broader range of skilled workers, utilising the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) and the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186).

The Western Australian Government is not formally involved in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder DAMA. Employers in this region should contact the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for further information.

T: +61 8 9021 9600 (from outside Australia)

E: mailbag@ckb.wa.gov.au

Perth to increase in attractiveness for international students

15 November 2019


Perth will soon be a more attractive destination for international students.  On 26 October 2019 the Commonwealth Government announced that Perth’s status as a regional city will be reinstated, with the change coming into effect on 16 November 2019.  The change will enable international students to access incentives to undertake their study in Perth.

View the media statement for more information

This change is in addition to the recent announcement to extend the graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration Program to include vocational education and training (VET) graduates.  The first invitation round to include VET graduates will be issued in December 2019.  The Graduate Occupation List will be expanded to include occupations for VET graduates, and the criteria will be amended to make it easier for international students to meet the eligibility requirements.

Amendments to eligibility criteria:

  • Studies in higher education, VET and/or English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) will all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia.

  • Work experience in job offer requirements will also be reduced.  Graduates will need to either demonstrate six months of work experience or a six month employment contract, but not both.  Currently international students need to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.

A new Graduate Occupation List and updated eligibility criteria for the graduate stream will be published on the migration portal prior to the December invitation round.

For further information on requirements for the graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration Program visit the migration portal.


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