Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491)

APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN MONDAY 1ST MARCH 2021

Due to the request from the Australian Government to prioritise on-shore applicants and the national border restrictions because of COVID-19 Offshore applicants will not be considered until further notice.

RDA Central Coast is currently accepting applications under STREAM 1 ONLY. This will be reviewed in April and NO exceptions can be made.

The information below has been made available so that applications can be prepared. Please note that some information may be subject to change.   

Regional Development Australia Central Coast (RDA Central Coast) assists NSW Treasury to administer the 491 visa to attract highly skilled people in a range of occupations to contribute to our regions skill needs.

To ensure places allocated under the program are aligned to the skill needs of the region RDA Central Coast nominates the most suitable candidates for NSW Sponsorship.

RDA’s will be responsible for setting eligible skilled occupations for nomination (within DHA and NSW Treasury guidelines), accepting and assessing nominations. However, nomination criteria for 491 visa in NSW will remain consistent across all regions.

RDA Central Coast will focus on nominating applicants who are ONSHORE and undertaking skilled work in critical sectors. These applicants are a priority for Government in supporting economic recovery following the impacts of COVID-19.

Below is information regarding applying for sponsorship from the Central Coast region of NSW.

Please note the 491 visa allocation for the Central Coast region is very limited and highly competitive. The chances of being nominated are currently low and you must meet the published criteria to apply.

How to Apply

Step 1 – Check the Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet all the nomination criteria in one of the three following streams to be eligible for NSW nomination:

Stream 1: living and working in regional NSW,
Stream 2: recently completed study in regional NSW, or
Stream 3: living and working outside of NSW.

For full details on the eligibility criteria are available CLICK HERE.

Due to the request from the Australian Government to prioritise on-shore applicants and the national border restrictions because of COVID-19 Offshore applicants will not be considered until further notice.

RDA Central Coast is currently accepting applications under STREAM 1 ONLY.

This will be reviewed in April and NO exceptions can be made.

Step 2 – Check the Central Coast Skilled Occupation List

It is important that you check the eligible skilled occupation list for the Central Coast region, as each region in NSW differs.

This list is updated regularly and may be changed without notice. Your occupation must be on this list when you submit your application.

As the Central Coast Skilled Occupation List is updated regularly there may be differences between the current Central Coast list and the copy provided by the NSW Government. Applications will need to adhere to the current Central Coast list. Occupations on the copy provided by NSW government but not on the Central Coast list will not be accepted.

For the current Central Coast Skilled Occupation List CLICK HERE.

Step 3 – Get to know the Central Coast Region

As part of receiving a nomination form the NSW Government applicants commit to live and work in NSW for the first two years of their visa. According to visa regulations, the applicant must have a genuine commitment to live and work in the nominating state.

This commitment is a condition of the NSW Government’s nomination.

It is important that you get to know the Central Coast region and whether the work and lifestyle opportunities it provides are suitable for you and your family.

Step 4 – Check Skill availability and receive your Interim reference Number (IRN)

As nominations are extremely limited at this time, prior to submitting your application, you MUST check that you are still able to apply for your skill in the nominating region. Do this by filling in and emailing the Skill Availability form (coming soon) to us.

This template will request your name and skill only. Do not submit anything else. This is NOT an Expression of Interest process. It is to ensure that particular skills are not oversubscribed and that, when you apply, nominations in your skill area are still available.

If your skill is still available, you will receive an email with an Interim Reference Number (IRN).

Within 48 hours of receiving this IRN, you must submit your application, including this Interim Reference Number in the Subject heading of your application email. The Interim Reference Number expires after 48 hours and, should you submit after that time, your application will be ineligible.

Step 5 – Complete the Application and Documentation

Application forms and documentation required for each stream is different. It is important that the correct stream is selected to avoid delays in the processing of the application.

Stream 1 - Living and Working in Regional NSW

Stream 2 - Recently Completed Study in Regional NSW

Stream 3 - Living and Working Outside of NSW

Due to the request from the Australian Government to prioritise on-shore applicants and the national border restrictions because of COVID-19 Offshore applicants will not be considered until further notice.

RDA Central Coast is currently accepting applications under STREAM 1 ONLY.

This will be reviewed in April and NO exceptions can be made.

Certified Documents or Colour Scans

Supporting documents must be certified black and white copies, or colour scans of the original document.

Step 6 – Make Payment for the Application Assessment

Note that payment for your application assessment fee does not guarantee a positive outcome for your application. You are paying for the assessment process, not the outcome.

Commencement of the application assessment will not proceed until your payment can be verified.

A receipt of payment must be included in your supporting documents.

Assessment fee for 491 visa: AUD $800

We accept payment for your assessment by Direct Deposit only.

Bank: Bendigo Bank
Account Name: Regional Development Australia Central Coast
BSB: 630 000
Account Number: 1376 76 490

Step 7 – Submit the Application

All applications with all supporting documents clearly identified and in separate attachments/files within the one email.

Emails should be addressed to migration@rdacc.org.au

Your application MUST have a valid Interim Reference Number (IRN – see above) in the Subject Heading.

You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application, including an Application Reference Number (ARN). This number must be quoted in any enquiries.

Step 8 – Await the Outcome of the Application

RDA Central Coast will assess a nomination within 6 weeks from receipt of lodgement AND verified payment of processing fee.

Applications will be processed in the order in which the complete application is received.

During assessment of your application, we may contact you to request further information if required. If additional documents are required, the processing time may be delayed.

If the application is successful, RDA Central Coast will provide you with the next steps in the process.
Once RDA Central Coast has advised the NSW Government that we have offered you a nomination, it will take up to 4 working days (Monday to Friday and excluding NSW public holidays) for the nomination to be processed and you will receive an invitation to apply from SkillSelect.

Please do NOT call or email the office for a progress update.
Attending to calls and emails such as these, delays the process
for everyone’s applications, including yours.