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Regional Certifying Body

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.

Our Role as a Regional Certifying Body

Additionally, we provide advice to Department of Home Affairs confirming that the terms and conditions of employment applicable to the position will be no less favorable than the terms and conditions that are provided to, or would be provided to, an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident for performing work in the person’s workplace at the same location.

Employer Sponsored stream nominations must be accompanied by advice from an RCB. This advice can be provided before or after lodgment of the Employer Sponsored stream nomination application with the Department of Home Affairs. The Department cannot approve a nomination where advice from an RCB has not been provided.

Employer Sponsored stream nominations will be assessed against a range of criteria, including but not limited to those that RCBs provide advice on. Local knowledge about businesses operating in the specific RCB’s jurisdiction adds value to the assessment process.

Please check the Department of Home Affairs website for further information.


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