UPDATES TO ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE BELOW PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITING A SKILLS AVAILABILITY FORM.
The application process for the Southern Inland and Murray region is now OPEN.
Under this new arrangement, each RDA will be responsible for setting their own eligible skilled occupations for nomination (within DoHA and NSW Treasury guidelines) and accepting and assessing nomination applications.
Nomination Criteria for a 491 visa in NSW will remain consistent across all regions, however the application process, eligible skilled occupations, including any additional requirements for some occupations, will vary by region.
Please note that as a result of COVID-19 and significant reductions in Australia’s Migration Program Planning Levels, the chances of being nominated are currently low and you must meet the published nomination criteria to apply.
Please see below for information about applying for sponsorship from the Southern Inland or Murray region of NSW.
Alternative migration options
NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is just one of a number of visa options for prospective skilled migrants. There is a range of visas offered by Home Affairs, including both temporary and permanent employer nominated visas.
You may also wish to seek advice from a registered migration agent. A list of registered migration agents is available on the Migration Agents Registration Authority website.
PLEASE NOTE: S48 bar
The section 48 bar applies to applicants who are holding a bridging visa, and have had a visa refused or cancelled, since their last entry into Australia.
If you are subject to a section 48 bar you need to leave Australia before you can reapply for a visa.
NSW will not re-nominate applicants who are subject to a section 48 bar where their nomination has expired, and they are unable to leave Australia.
Nomination allocations provided by the Department of Home Affairs are limited and it is currently uncertain when border restrictions will be lifted.
To ensure the limited nomination positions allocated to NSW go to support the economic recovery of the state, RDA Far South Coast will not re-nominate applicants subject to a section 48 bar.