Skilled Migration

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 part in the application assessment of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa, subclass 187.


For both the 187 and 489 Visas, please note that RDA FSC 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. This RCB takes matters of identification seriously. Any anomaly or inconsistency in identification will result in an unsuccessful outcome. We are unable to seek clarification or request missing documentation – applications are assessed as submitted. You must ensure that ALL Essential Documentation is submitted with your application. Once your application has been submitted and you have received your acknowledgement e-mail, you are unable to add any further documentation. No refunds are given under any circumstances.

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.

According to RDA FSC, colour copies are not classified as certified.

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

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) 187

RSMS allows Australian employers in regional and low population growth areas of Australia to address skilled vacancies in their business that they have been unable to fill locally by sponsoring skilled foreign workers for permanent residence.

RSMS covers all of Australia except Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne.

For more information please see the RSMS 187 tab, under Skilled Migration.


RDA FSC welcomes skilled workers to apply for regional sponsorship under the Skilled Regional Sponsored (489 Visa) program.

RDA FSC takes its role as the Regional Certifying Body seriously and recognises this responsibility in choosing the most appropriate applicants to be invited to our region.

This Visa is valid for up to four years for the applicant and their dependants. After two years of living in regional Australia, including at least 12 months full time work in regional Australia; sponsored skilled workers may apply for the subclass 887 Permanent Visa – provided they meet DIBP requirements.

For more information please see the SRS 489 tab, under Skilled Migration.

For Information on the Far South Coast Region, please download the Migrant Information Booklet.