Effective 4:00pm AEST Friday 29 June 2018:

Canberra residents:
• You are eligible to apply for ACT 190 nomination if your nominated occupation is listed as ‘open’ on the current ACT Occupation List.

• You are not eligible to apply for ACT 190 nomination if your nominated occupation is listed as ‘closed ‘on the current ACT Occupation List.

Overseas residents: 
• The ACT 190 nomination program remains closed for overseas applicants without close ties to Canberra, and is now closed to overseas applicants with close ties to Canberra.

Nominate a skilled employee - RSMS

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Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who have been nominated by an employer to live and work in regional Australia. There are three streams for employers in Canberra who want to nominate a skilled overseas employee for permanent residence under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS):

RSMS streams

Temporary Residence Transition Stream

You may nominate an employee under the Temporary Residence Transition stream if they have worked for you in the nominated position for at least two years on a subclass 457 visa. The employer nomination is lodged with Department of Home Affairs without input from the Regional Certifying Body (RCB).

Direct Entry Stream

The Direct Entry stream is for an employee who has NOT worked for the employer on a subclass 457 visa for at least two years.

The employer must seek the opinion of the local Regional Certifying Body (RCB) about whether the employer nomination meets specific migration requirements. Assessment by the RCB is a legislative requirement for the approval by Department of Home Affairs of a RSMS nomination under the Direct Entry stream. A Direct Entry RSMS nomination cannot be approved without advice from the relevant RCB.

The RCB in Canberra is Skilled Canberra, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, ACT Government.

Agreements Stream

The Agreements stream is for employees who are sponsored through a labour or regional migration agreement. The Agreements stream does not require assessment by the Regional Certifying Body.

Meeting the criteria for RCB support 

Regional Certifying Body (RCB) criteria 

The RCB assesses information provided by the employer against three criteria to form an opinion on the nominated position. The three criteria are established by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection:

  • Genuine need;
  • Labour market  - position cannot be filled locally; and
  • Employment conditions. 

Guidelines - applying for RCB support - updated September 2017

Before you apply for RCB support you should read the guidelines to make sure that the RSMS nomination meets RCB criteria.

Guidelines - Applying for RCB support

Guidelines - Applying for RCB support 

ACT Occupation List - 18 March 2018

Occupations in demand (open) on the ACT Occupation List are deemed to meet the RCB criteria:  'Labour market  - position cannot be filled locally'. 

ACT Occupation List 

ACT Occupation List

Department of Home Affairs RSMS criteria

As well as understanding the RCB guidelines, you should also make sure the employer nomination meets Department of Home Affairs requirements for Employer nomination under the RSMS.

Department of  Home Affairs - RSMS

Apply to Department of Home Affairs

Before you apply for RCB support of an employer nomination (Direct Entry stream), you must first lodge the  online application for ‘Employer nomination under the RSMS’ with the Department of Home Affairs. The application may be saved as a draft copy.

Department of  Home Affairs - RSMS

You must attach a copy of Department of Home Affairs online application ‘Employer nomination under the RSMS’ with your application for RCB support.

Applying for RCB support

Please ensure you have read the RCB guidelines to check your eligibility before you apply. A non-refundable $300 service fee is charged for processing applications for RCB support.

  • Employers intending to lodge an application for RCB support must create an 'Employer account'

  • Migration agents lodging an application on behalf of a client must create an 'Agency account.'

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