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Q: The website states that my application will be processed within 28 working days, it has now been more than 28 working days, why have I not received an outcome?

The processing time refers to the completion of a 'decision ready' application. Decision ready means that you have provided all of the documentation required for Migration Services to complete an assessment of your application. If Migration Services requests further information from you in order to support your application, then your application will not be deemed decision ready until all the required information has been provided. This may delay the processing of your application. Once your application is decision ready, it will be assessed and a final outcome will be issued within 28 working days.


​​Q: What are the Regional Certifying Bodies for Western Australia, which regions do they provide certification advice for and what postcodes do the regions cover?

1 Department of Training and Workforce Development

​Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands 

​6798, 6799


​ 6537, 6701, 6705, 6707

​Great Southern    

​6316, 6318–6343, 6394–6397


​6725–6743, 6765, 6770

​Mid West

​6514, 6515, 6517–6519,       6522–6536, 6614–6646


​6121–6126, 6207–6215


​6710–6722, 6751–6762

​South West

​6218–6224, 6226–6290, 6398


​6041–6044, 6083, 6084, 6225, 6302–6315, 6317, 6350–6393, 6401–6428, 6460–6513, 6516, 6521, 6556–6575, 6603–6613


 2 Regional Development Australia


​6348, 6429–6452

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Post codes sourced from Australia Post


Q: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Do all applications for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme need to be assessed by a regional certifying body?

No. If an employee has worked for the employer for the last two years while on a subclass 457 or subclass 482 visa, the employer may be eligible to nominate them directly with the Department of Home Affairs through the temporary residence stream. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

Only employers going through the direct entry stream need to be assessed by a regional certifying body. 


Q: I am an employer applying for regional certification advice.
I need to provide evidence that the position I am seeking to nominate
a skilled migrant for was advertised within three months preceding,
and no less than two weeks before my application for assessment
​by the Department of Training and Workforce Development. 

What kind of evidence do I need to provide?​

​You nee​d to provide evidence of at least two published or broadcast advertisements. Evidence can be provided by different media platforms and evidence of the advertisements must include detailed information such as: 

  • dates, duration and specifics of the advertisement;     
  • an invoice for the ​advertisement;
  • a scanned copy of the advertisement; or 
  • other relevant supporting documentation such as from a recruitment company.​

​An advertisement can be a print advertisement from a newspaper distributed across the state.

Print advertisements for positions in regional Western Australia and for
fly-in-fly-out or drive-in-drive-out positions must be advertised in Western Australian newspapers, for example The West Australian or The Sunday Times. Placement of the advertisement in the newspapers must be appropriate for the advertised position, such as the vacancies classified section.

It can also be:

  • an online job advertisement over a minimum two week period on a jobs site
    such as Seek or CareerOne; 

  • the employment section of the company website or Linkedln; or
  • a ​radio advertisment.

Please note social media platforms are no longer accepted as suitable evidence.

Both paid and unpaid online advertisements are acceptable.


Q: How soon after the advert closed can I lodge my application for regional certification?

In order to meet the regional certification requirement, a minimum two week period from the expiry of the advertisement is required prior to the lodgement of your application with Migration Services. This will allow for any recruitment processes to be completed.

For example, if the closing date for the advert was 31st May, 2019 then you would not be able to lodge your application until 15th of June, 2019.

You will need to provide evidence as outlined above, to demonstrate your advertisements meet requirements.


Q: According to the checklist, I need to determine the Annual Market Salary rate for the position I intend to nominate. I intend to determine the salary according to the applicable enterprise agreement, industrial award or similar. What evidence should I provide to show this?

You must provide the name of the agreement or Award as registered by the Fair Work Commission or State Industrial Instrument. Please provide a scanned copy of the agreement, award or similar highlighting the salary level and occupation group that applies to the nominated position.

Q: What details do migration agents need to provide on applications?

Migration agents must include their full contact details in applications for nomination certification under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. The Department of Training and Workforce Development is unable to discuss the details of an application with agents that are not listed on an application.

An email address is not sufficient, full contact details are required.


​Q: Can we change the details on the Form 1404 once an application has been finalised?

Once the assessment is complete it is not possible to change the Form 1404.


Q: Once an application has been lodged am I able to get priority processing?

Applications for certification advice for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme are assessed in order of receipt. Priority processing is not available.


[Published on 24 June 2019]

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