Skilled Migration

Regional Development Australia – Far South Coast (RDA FSC) is the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for the Far South Coast of New South Wales. RDA FSC plays a key role in the assessment of both the regional employer sponsored migration scheme and the regional skilled visa program.

RDA Far South Coast is the Regional Certifying Body for the 494 Visa. We also partner with the NSW Government to assist in delivery of the 491 Visa. 


Further details on our work with both the 494 and the 491 Visas can be found below. 



Regional Development Australia (RDA) offices will shortly commence assisting NSW Treasury managing applications for NSW nominations for the subclass 491 visa.

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.


The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) – Employer Sponsored stream (SESR) is a visa program that allows employers in regional and low population growth areas of Australia to sponsor workers from overseas in order to fill skilled vacancies that cannot otherwise be filled. This is an important option for employers who cannot find the skilled workers they need locally (we require evidence that a genuine attempt to do so be supplied, along with other supporting documents about the nominating employer and their genuine need for the suitable skilled position).

 RDA FSC is the RCB for employer nominations for the region which encompasses the three Local Government Areas of Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley.

SESR covers all of Australia except Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Things you should know – TERMS & CONDITIONS

Please note that RDA Far South Coast requires applicants to demonstrate their suitability via a complete and accurate application as per the requirements noted on this website. Inaccurate and/or incomplete applications will be assessed as unsuccessful. RDA Far South Coast takes matters of identification seriously. Any anomaly or inconsistency in identification will result in an unsuccessful outcome. Please ensure that ALL Essential Documentation is submitted with your application as this will significantly speed up our processing times. Once your application has been submitted and you have received your acknowledgement e-mail, processing has commenced. The fee charged is for the processing of the application by RDA Far South Coast and is not based on the outcome. Once you have received your acknowledgement email, your application has commenced processing and in general no refund is available as the service has begun. An unsuccessful outcome is not grounds for a refund. If you apply incorrectly, and we have commenced processing, we are unable to provide you with a refund. Please note that by applying, you accept these Terms and Conditions. 

With regard to the requirement for Certified Copies: PLEASE NOTE: Electronic documents are able to be certified under certain conditions according to the most recent Justice of the Peace Handbook (page 37). RDA FSC does not accept digital certificates.

Colour copies are classified as certified.

If your documents are not in English, you will need to provide official translations.

Areas We Service

We service the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley regions.

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