The Northern Rivers Region of New South Wales

Includes Ballina, Byron Bay, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed LGA’s.

Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers assesses applications from prospective skilled migrations for the NSW Government nominated Skilled Regional 489 sub-class visa for Northern Rivers region of NSW. We are currently inviting Expressions of Interest until Friday 15 March 2019 for sponsorship of Skilled Regional 489 Visas from qualified applicants with the following skills:

 

OCCUPATIONSANZSCOAdditional RDA-NR Requirements
Early Childhood2411 - 11Minimum of 12 months work experience in Australia
Aged Care RN2544-12Minimum of 12 months work experience in Australia
Mental Health RN2544-22Minimum of 18 months work experience in Australia
Agricultural Technician3111 - 11Minimum of 18 months work experience in Australia
Primary Products Inspector 3113 - 99Minimum of 18 months work experience in Australia
Motor Mechanic (General)3212 - 11Minimum of 18 months work experience in Australia
Painting Trades Worker3322 - 11Minimum of 12 months work experience in Australia
Baker3511 - 11Minimum of 12 months work experience in Australia
Chef3513 - 11Must have demonstrated western cuisine training and experience and minimum of 12 months work experience in Australia
Cook 3514 - 11Must have demonstrated western cuisine training and experience and minimum of 12 months work experience in Australia

Please note that Australian work experience must be relevant to the role and must be paid work for at least 20 hours per week.  A work reference supporting this will be required.

Do not apply if you do not intend to come to this region and make a genuine effort to find employment.

 

Before you apply

When you apply to Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers for Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (sub-class 489) you are making a commitment to make a genuine effort to satisfy your 489 visa conditions in the region – full-time equivalent employment for at least 12 months and living in the regional area for at least 2 years. You are expected to make genuine attempts to find work in Northern Rivers NSW. If you have applied from within Australia, we expect you to relocate to the region within 3 months of receiving your Visa Grant Notice. The Department of Home Affairs provides offshore applicants with the dates you must enter Australia by on your Visa Grant Notice.

Being approved for sponsorship is not a guarantee of work. Applicants should learn about this region and research employment prospects before applying. That research could involve calling employers and employment agencies around the region, as well as looking up job advertisements.

It is not our role to help visa recipients to find work. We will, however, provide basic insights about the region, where to find advice on employment in certain areas, or how to address some local challenges or barriers to finding a job or somewhere to live.

The Department of Home Affairs’ Booklet 6 provides detailed information on the Points Based Skilled Migration requirements. This booklet can be download from the Documents and Forms section below.

Expressions of Interest

RDA Northern Rivers requires potential applicants to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) before applying for the Skilled Regional 489 Visa. Successful EOI’s will be contacted by RDA Northern Rivers and invited to apply.

The first call of EOI’s opens Monday 25 February 2019 and closes Monday 18 March 2019.

You must include an English Language Proficiency Test results and skills assessment (available through VETASSES or Trades Recognition Australia) in your EOI.

You must also complete an Expression of Interest on Skill Select and provide the Skill Select ID and a copy of the completed form with your RDA Northern Rivers EOI.

Download and complete the SRS489-EOI-form from the Documents and Forms section below and email, along with your Skilled Select form and other required documents to 489visa@rdanorthernrivers.org.au or mail to:

RDA – Northern Rivers PO Box 146 Lismore NSW 2480

There is NO FEE required to submit an EOI.

Successful EOI’s will be invited to submit a full application.

Application Process

The first step of the application process is the Expression of Interest (EOI). Only applicants who are invited to apply will proceed to the full application process.

Complete only if you have received an invitation to apply

If you are invited to apply, download the NSW-Regional-Nomination-Application-Form-R from the Documents and Forms section below.

Send your completed applications and supporting documentation via email to 489visa@rdanorthernrivers.org.au or by mail to:

RDA – Northern Rivers PO Box 146 Lismore NSW 2480

Please consult the Department of Home Affairs 489 checklist to check you have prepared and are supplying all required supporting documents.

Migration agents must supply a completed Form 956 as authorisation to act as an agent on the applicant’s behalf.

Allow up to 8 weeks for processing by RDA-Northern Rivers.

An Assessment Fee of AUD $770 (Inc GST) applies. Applicants living overseas are not required to pay GST, however, due to increased administrative costs in relation to overseas applications, the total payment remains at AUD $800.

This is a service fee and must be paid in advance.

NOTE: 489 visa applicants are not to contact the NSW Government’s Department of Industry directly, unless absolutely necessary. Queries are to go through the RDA Northern Rivers office – Ph: 02 6622 4011

For more detailed descriptions of the criteria and supporting document requirements, please download and read the NSW-489-list from the Documents and Forms section below.

Required Information

Please include the following information in your application (supporting documents only need to be certified where the quality or clarity of the copies/scans is poor):

  • Completed NSW-Regional-Nomination-Application-Form-R [from the Documents and Forms section below].
  • Completed Form 956 (agents only)
  • Full Curriculum Vitae /Resume
  • Work references (where points are being claimed for work experience)
  • Passport [of applicant and all dependent(s)]
  • Full Skills Assessment (must be no more than three years old)
  • English Language proficiency test results, such as International English Language Test Results must be no more than three years old and meet the minimum requirements as stipulated in the Self-Assessment of Skills.
  • Relevant Qualifications/Certificates (which support claimed points)

Documents and Forms

A “Release Letter”, releasing a 489 visa recipient from their obligation to this region may not be granted without the visa holder showing that they have taken serious steps to relocate to or remain in this region, through seeking employment. Such a letter can provide peace-of-mind when a skilled migrant needs to broaden their job search beyond their nominating region.

489 visa holders do not need a “Release Letter” for their permanent 887 visa application.

Where someone has been advised by the Department of Home Affairs to obtain a release letter please send an email request to 489visa@rdanorthernrivers.org.au with the following:

  • your current address
  • a copy of your visa grant notice from the Department of Home Affairs attached
  • an explanation as to why you are requesting the release letter