Riverina Skilled Migration Program

RDA-Riverina was authorised as a gazetted Regional Certifying Body (RCB) as of November 2009, appointed by the Minister for Immigration for the purposes of the Migration Act.

 RDA-Riverina invites skilled migrants to enjoy the lifestyle of regional Australia by applying for sponsorship to live and work in the Riverina region under either the individual Skilled Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) (Subclass 489) visa (SRS visa) or the Employer Nominated Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visa (RSMS visa). The RSMS visa enables regional employers to sponsor overseas skilled workers and employ them to work in skilled vacant positions which cannot be filled using the local labour market.

Under the SRS visa, the RCB assists overseas skilled workers wishing to migrate to Australian through the NSW State Regional sponsorship.

Under the RSMS visa, the RCB assists employers to permanently employ overseas skilled workers by assessing the Employer Nomination applications which are submitted to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. 

Visa Reform Announcements - 18 April 2017

RDA Riverina Skilled Migration Fact Sheet

NB: Assessing and sponsorship of applications by the RCB can take up to 15 working days, so applicants need to consider this when submitting their application.

As of 1st July 2012 a new online service called SkillSelect was introduced for applicants for RSMS and Subclass 489 visas.

For more information, or to apply, visit Skill Select

RDA-Riverina RCB is able to provide information only in the scope of the relevant schemes, noted above, that are specifically directed at attracting Skilled Migrants to regional Australia. Advice on general migration matters cannot be provided.

For enquiries regarding Regional Skilled Visas contact RDA-Riverina’s Skilled Migration Officer, Faye Anderson - migration@rdariverina.org.au
Office Hours: Monday to Wednesday 9.00am-5.00pm

Administration fee

RDA-Riverina provides these services through its Skilled Migration Officer and an administration fee applies for assessing and processing applications. This amount is in addition to the Visa application fee payable to the Department of Immigration & Border Protection.

The fee for certification/sponsorship is as follows and is payable by personal cheque, bank cheque (bank draft) or Australian money order (credit cards not accepted). Applicants can also use direct debit by obtaining the RDA-Riverina bank details from the Riverina Skilled Migration Officer.

Effective from 1 September 2014 the Sponsorship Administration fees are:

RSMS Subclass 187 visa

  • AUD$660 (incl. GST) 

Skilled Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 489 visa

  • AUD$770.00 (incl GST) for onshore applicants
  • AUD$770.00 for offshore applicants

NB: Applications received for offshore applicants are GST free.

The Administration Fee is non-refundable, regardless if sponsorship is granted or not.

Why choose the Riverina?

The Riverina is a dynamic region of Australia that boasts a diverse range of industries. You can find out more about the nature and extent of these industries within the RDA-Riverina website.

Further information on the Riverina and job opportunities can also be found on the following websites: