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Regional Certifying Body - Great South Coast

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The Warrnambool City Council (Great South Coast) RCB assesses applications that have been lodged with the Department of Home Affairs (as indicated on the Form 1404). For all Employer Nominations under the SESR - Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) 494 visa, please refer to the assessment checklist and submit ALL documents listed.

The SESR visa covers all of Australia except Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Areas of Australia is further defined by reference to a Legislative Instrument that specifies regional areas by post code.

Approved occupations for the 494 visa

Please note that eligible occupations are listed only in the Medium and Long term Strategic Skills List ( MLTSSL) and Regional Occupation List (ROL) - 

The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) (SESR visa) enables Australian employers in areas specified by the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs in a Legislation Instrument to sponsor (nominate) skilled overseas workers. This is to assist employers in regional and low population growth areas of Australia where they have been unable to fill vacant positions with Australian citizens or permanent residents living in or wishing to move to the regional area where the nominated position is located.

For more information on the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) visit the department website
The skilled occupation you wish to sponsor must also be listed on either the DoHA Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or Medium Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
(list of eligible occupations) – please see:
We would strongly recommend that if you feel you need assistance in negotiating the new visa application process, you engage the services of a registered migration agent or migration lawyer.

Criteria: Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR)

There is a market salary rate framework for the SESR visa program. As a result, where the overseas skilled worker will be paid less than AUD250,000, nominators need to demonstrate that:
• they have determined the AMSR
• the overseas skilled worker will not be paid less than this amount (i.e. less than what an Australian worker would be paid)
• both the AMSR and what the overseas skilled worker will be paid, excluding any non-monetary benefits in both cases, must be no less than the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) – i.e. currently AUD53,900.
Further information on salary and employment condition requirements for sponsored skilled visas, including determining the AMSR, can be found here:
To be eligible you must
be nominated to work in an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
have at least 3 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation
have a relevant skills assessment, unless an exemption applies
work only for your sponsor or associated entity, unless an exemption applies
be under 45 years of age, unless an exemption applies
meet minimum standards of English language proficiency
For more information on the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional - Subclass 494 (Provisional) visa visit

A cost-recovery fee of $400 (plus GST) is payable for Regional Certifying Body (RCB) Employer Nomination assessments for both Visa nominations.

Note: Department of Home Affairs fees for employers lodging an RCB Nomination are payable at the point of application through the employers ImmiAccount and we encourage you to review these when considering your nomination.

All employer nominators or their agents are required to download, complete and return the checklist (link above) along with hard copies of all documents.

Warrnambool City Council is the gazetted Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for employer nominations for the Great South Coast group of Councils: Warrnambool City, Moyne, Corangamite, Glenelg, Southern Grampians and Colac-Otway shires LGAs.





For each employer nomination under the SESR (provisional) 494 visa we require complete documentation as it will be submitted to the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA), including a statement as to the "need for an additional paid employee".

As a minimum we would request:

  • Printout of the online DoHA employer nomination
  • Evidence of either your approval from the DoHa as a standard business sponsor OR you have already entered into a Labour Agreement that authorises nominations for a SESR visa
  • DoHA Form 1404 advice (prepopulated)
  • Position Description
  • Contract of Employment
  • Organisation Structure Chart
  • Statement of need (as above)
  • Proof of labour market testing
  • Business ABN/ACN
  • Financial Statements

Hard-copy Employer Nomination submissions should be sent to:

Warrnambool City Council
Regional Certifying Body
PO Box 198

We have a turn-around time of 10 working days, assuming your documentation meets our request standard.

Please Note: Regional Certifying Bodies (RCBs) only provide advice to the Department of Home Affairs. RCBs make no final decisions and neither approve nor refuse SESR employer nominations. Obtaining positive RCB advice does not automatically guarantee that the SESR employer nomination will also be approved by the Department of Home Affairs. If the SESR employer nomination is not approved by the Department, contacting the RCB is not the appropriate pathway to seek a review of the Department’s decision. In case of a refusal decision by the Department of Home Affairs, the Department will provide the nominating employer or their agent with advice in relation to any appeal rights they may have.
Employers and visa applicants can contact the Department in the following ways:





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