SRS 489

Regional Development Australia – Far South Coast (RDA FSC) is the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for the Far South Coast of New South Wales.


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.

We take matters of privacy seriously. Please note we will not discuss your application with any unauthorised person. 

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. We also accept certification from JPs, Magistrates and registered Migration Agents.

Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa – Provisional (subclass 489)

Receipt of your application and processing fee for a 489 Visa does not guarantee approval by RDA FSC or an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) (formerly DIBP).

The Assessment Panel will assess your application with regard to your suitability to meet our regional skill requirements and any additional requirements as noted in the list of occupations currently eligible for nomination in the Far South Coast, NSW region.

RDA FSC considers a range of other information when assessing each application including, but not limited to, the applicants previous employment experience, ranking in relation to other applicants, demonstrated character and employment opportunities currently available in the region. Please note that the RDA FSC Assessment Panel considers each application in light of these criteria.

RDA FSC reserves the right to change this criteria from time to time and will not provide any refund for applications that are declined.  

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.

With this in mind, please note that RDA FSC expects 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 not be approved and, as noted elsewhere, no refunds are given under any circumstances.

Regardless of whether your application is successful or unsuccessful there are no refunds. You will be notified of our decision by email within three months of receipt of your application and payment. Once you have been notified, no further correspondence will be entered into regarding our decision unless you provide a valid reason for a review. Please note that forgetting to include essential documentation is not a valid reason for a review. Details on applying for a review can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please note: By applying, you accept all the Terms and Conditions required by this RCB.

Click here to view the RDA FSC occupations currently eligible for nomination (including additional requirements)

RDA FSC welcomes overseas skilled workers to apply for regional sponsorship under the Skilled Regional Sponsored (489 Visa) program. This is just one way our organisation is committed to addressing skills in need and to enhance business development in our region.

The long term objective is to encourage skilled workers to stay in the region. This visa is valid for up to four years for the applicant and their dependants. However, 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 the DHA requirements.

If you are seeking regional nomination for the Skilled Regional Sponsored program by RDA FSC then you must self-assess and ensure you meet the Assessment Requirements outlined below. You must provide your DHA SkillSelect EOI number to RDA FSC in your application (refer to Assessment Requirements, Point 4 – SkillSelect Points Test). Please ensure your SkillSelect EOI number is correct before providing this information to us. The processing fee must be paid up front and is non-refundable.

Please note: By applying for a 489 Visa through RDA FSC you commit to making a genuine effort to satisfy your 489 Visa conditions in the FSC region. The conditions are: at least two years living in the Far South Coast regional area; and full-time equivalent employment for at least 1 year. You are expected to make genuine attempts to find work in the Far South Coast, this includes the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of; Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley. This does not include Illawarra.

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


All applicants must meet the Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA) requirements for this visa.

1. The applicant must be under 45 years of age.

2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Please note that RDA FSC may have additional English language and/or other requirements for some occupations. Please see the Eligible Occupations List (link above) for Additional Requirements. Please note that the Assessment Requirements and the Additional Requirements are mandatory and not negotiable.

If there is no Additional Requirement regarding English language ability, this RCB requires applicants to submit an IELTS test result (or equivalent) that is not more than two years old at the time of submitting the full application, and with a minimum score of 6 in each of the four components, unless there are specific skill requirements or the applicant must meet the English language threshold. The applicant meets the English language threshold if they hold a valid passport from one of the following countries:

  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States of America
  • Canada
  • The Republic of Ireland
  • New Zealand

RDA FSC also accepts equivalent scores in the following English language tests:

  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • OET

Please note, it is a requirement of this RCB that the English language test must be no more than two (2) years old at the time of submission of the application.

3. Skilled Occupation 
The applicant must nominate a skilled occupation befitting their skills and qualifications which is identified on the RDA FSC Eligible Occupations List (see below). Potential applicants must have a current skills assessment completed by one of the Australian Authorised Assessment bodies as determined by Department of Home Affairs (DHA). Please note, if we require specified employment experience, or you are claiming points for employment experience or education/trade qualifications, the Skills Assessment MUST identify the employment period at an appropriately skilled level and relevancy and acknowledge and certify the education/trade qualifications. Employment experience MUST be recent (within the previous two years) and this must be clearly indicated in the Skills Assessment and supported by the Resume/CV. The Skills Assessment certification will override other documentation in determining the period of employment and level of education/trade qualification.

Please note, it is a requirement of this RCB that the Skills Assessment must be no more than two (2) years old at the time of submission of the application.

4. SkillSelect Points Test 
The applicant must score a minimum of 65 points on the SkillSelect Points Test (regional sponsorship automatically achieves 10 points). If you are claiming points for education or trade qualifications these must be clearly identified and recognised on the Skills Assessment. Upon successful completion of the SkillSelect Points Test, you will be allocated a SkillSelect EOI number.

5. Health Requirements.
The applicant and family members must satisfy the health requirements as specified in the Migration Regulations.

6. Good Character.
The applicant and family members over 16 years of age must be of good character.

For more information on the Points Based Skilled Migration system refer to
DIBP Booklet 6 


To apply for the Skilled Regional Sponsored – 489 Visa in the Far South Coast region, the applicant must meet the basic requirements as set down by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), the NSW Department of Industry and any additional conditions noted by RDA FSC, and MUST include the following supporting documentation:

  • Evidence of processing fee payment
  • Completed NSW Form R, (please note the Form R is supplied by the NSW Department of Industry – if there are inconsistencies, this RCB’s requirements override those noted on the NSW Form R),
  • Certified copy of appropriate skills assessment,
  • Completed Form 956 (if using a Migration Agent),
  • Skill Select EOI Number,
  • Skill Select EOI Form,
  • Skill Select Points Summary Form (minimum 65 points),
  • Certified copy of IELTS (or other) test results (test must be no more than two years old),
  • Current Resume/CV clearly indicating addresses and contact details for ALL employers and specifying position/s held,
  • Certified copies of ALL educational qualifications and academic transcripts,
  • Certified copy of current and valid passport details page (for applicant and dependants),
  • Evidence of work experience (if required).

Please note that RDA FSC expects applicants or their agents to demonstrate their suitability via a complete and accurate application as per the requirements noted on this website.  Inaccurate and/or incomplete applications will not be approved and, as noted elsewhere, no refunds are given under any circumstances. By applying, you accept all the Terms and Conditions required by this RCB. 


The application may be paper-based or in electronic form.

1. Email or post your application including supporting documentation (outlined above) to or RCB Office, RDA FSC, PO Box 1227, Nowra, NSW 2541.

2. Once the application for regional sponsorship is received, a Regional Certifying Officer will notify the applicant or migration agent by email and advise the RDA FSC reference number. You MUST use this reference number in any communications with RDA FSC.
Please note, processing can take up to three months and we are unable to offer expedited processing on 489 Visa applications.

3. Once the application assessment is complete a Regional Certifying Officer will email you or your migration agent with the outcome.

4. If your application is successful, RDA FSC will forward the completed Form R to NSW Department of Industry who will nominate you on the SkillSelect website for regional sponsorship. This nomination process may take up to seven (7) working days. For more information regarding SkillSelect please refer to the DIBP Booklet 11.

5. If successful, you will then receive an invitation from the DHA to apply for the 489 Visa. You have 60 days from the date of nomination on SkillSelect to do this. During the 60 day period, your SkillSelect profile is locked and you cannot be nominated for any other visa on this EOI number.

6. Complete the online application for the 489 Visa with DHA, providing all supporting documentation as previously listed.

7. Wait for notification from DHA regarding your visa application processing and result. Please forward to us via e-mail your communication from DHA which advises you of the result – whether positive or negative. If the result is positive please advise us via e-mail of your likely arrival in Australia and/or Far South Coast, NSW. We will then send you further information on settling in the Far South Coast. Please quote your reference number in all communication with RDA FSC.

Please note: It is your responsibility to secure employment, housing, transport etc. RDA FSC does not accept responsibility for your welfare or that of your dependants nor do we assist directly with your settlement in the region. We do, however, look forward to welcoming successful applicants to our region and will be delighted to meet you and provide information on the region.


$770.00AUD including GST (onshore or offshore).
Payable by electronic funds transfer. Non-transferable. Non-refundable.

Electronic Funds Transfer
Bank Institution:
St George Bank
Address of Bank: Kogarah, 4-16 Montgomery Street, NSW, Australia
Account Name: RDA FSC Funded Projects Account
BSB: 112 879
Account Number: 41 066 5970
Reference: 489, “Name of applicant”

Please note:
Processing of the application will not begin until the processing fee is paid.
Include the EFT receipt in your application ensuring that the date of deposit is clearly visible.
Submit all supporting documentation required. Failure to provide all the required documentation will result in a negative result. No refunds or transfers are given under any circumstances.


RDA Far South Coast is currently assessing applications.

Please do not call the office to check the status of your application, unless you believe the application is overdue. You will receive an email from us in due course.

REVIEW PROCESS: Should you receive an ‘Unsuccessful’ outcome that you believe is incorrect, you may request a review by e-mailing us at Please include your reference number and ‘Review Request’ in the subject heading and include relevant reasons and evidence supporting your request. You must submit your request for a review within 14 days of receiving your ‘Unsuccessful’ outcome.

Please note: Submitting an incomplete or inaccurate application in the first instance is not sufficient reason for a review. You are unable to use the review process to submit ‘forgotten’ documentation. Reviews are usually processed within one month, however, may take up to three months.


RCB Officer
Phone: 02 4422 9011
Postal Address: PO Box 1227, Nowra, NSW, 2541

Contact RDA FSC (RDA Far South Coast)

Phone: +61 2 4422 9011


Postal Address: PO Box 1227, Nowra, NSW, 2541