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Our role is to provide advice to the Department of Home Affairs on the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) visa Employer Sponsored stream nomination applications, using local area knowledge to advise on whether the nominee for the position will be paid at least the annual market salary rate for the occupation under the legislative requirements of the scheme.


Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) 494 visa

The Wimmera Southern Mallee Development RCB is now assessing applications for the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) (Provisional) visa (subclass 494).

The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) allows Australian employers in regional and low population growth areas of Australia to nominate skilled workers from overseas in order to fill skilled vacancies in their business. This visa gives the skilled migrant permanent residency in Australia.

The Wimmera Southern Mallee Development has been gazetted by the Federal Department of Home Affairs as a Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for the Wimmera Southern Mallee region and covers the Local Government Areas of West Wimmera, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Yarriambiack, Northern Grampians, Buloke and Ararat.

Documentation, Fees and Processing of Applications

The following information is provided to assist employers sponsoring skilled migrants for permanent residency. The information below relates to the process of gaining approval from the Regional Certifying Body.

    All applications must be submitted electronically. Once completed WSMD will return the application to the employer/nominee for lodgement with Department of Home Affairs. Certification by Wimmera Southern Mallee Development does not guarantee that the nomination will be approved by the department. For further information about lodging an employer nomination to the WSMD RCB officer 0437 816 505 or email info@wda.org.au



    Skillselect is an online service that ​helps Australia manage its skilled migration program. It helps to ensure that the skilled migration program is based on Australia’s economic needs. It supports the government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers. As a result, the time taken to process a visa application is significantly reduced.

    Skillselect also helps address regional skill shortages. Skillselect allows intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. This is of particular benefit to employers experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory governments attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia.

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    Please Note: Regional Certifying Bodies (RCBs) only provide advice to the Department of Home Affairs. RCBs make no final decisions and neither approve nor refuse RSMS employer nominations. Obtaining positive RCB advice does not automatically guarantee that the RSMS employer nomination will also be approved by the Department of Home Affairs. If the RSMS employer nomination is not approved by the Department, contacting the RCB is not the appropriate pathway to seek a review of the Department’s decision. In case of a refusal decision by the Department of Home Affairs, the Department will provide the nominating employer or their agent with advice in relation to any appeal rights they may have.
    The Administration/Processing fee is non-refundable regardless of whether certification is granted or not. Department of Home Affairs does not charge a fee to the employer for nominating a position however the visa application does attract a fee.

    Further assistance and visa information for employers and visa applicants can be found;
    Department of Home Affairs – General Enquiries Helpline on 13 18 81 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm)
    – Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authroity – General Enquiries Helpline 1300 226 272