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Regional Certifying Body


Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) 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 Development Association has been gazetted by the Federal Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIAC) 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.  (Check http://www.immi.gov.au/employers/rsms_postcodes.htm)

Our role as a RCB is to assess migration applications for the RSMS Direct Entry stream through knowledge of the local skills shortages, actively operating businesses in the region and assessing positions under the legislative requirements of the scheme. Please check the DIAC website for information www.immi.gov.au or contact Mark Fletcher by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Process of Applications

Documentation must include

Form 1404 (PDF link)
WDA RCB support information (PDF link)


Email applications to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We aim to process an application within 10 working days after receipt of full documentation. WDA will return the application to the employer/nominee for lodgement with DIAC. Please note that certification by WDA does not guarantee that the nomination will be approved by the department.

Administration Fee:

Administration/Processing Fee (not currently being applied).

Please note that the Administration/Processing fee is non-refundable regardless of whether certification is granted or not. DIAC does not charge a fee to the employer for nominating a position however the visa application does attract a fee.