Regional Certifying Body Role
The role of a Regional Certifying Body (RCB) is to provide advice to the Department of Home Affairs on SESR nomination applications for the Employer Sponsored stream. Employer nominations must always be considered by an RCB located in the same state where the nominated position exists.
If you are a local business seeking to sponsor a migrant on this visa, you must lodge an application with Skilled & Business Migration for Regional Certifying Body advice.
To qualify for the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (subclass 494 – Employer Sponsored stream) visa, the employer and employee must meet all the Department of Home Affairs' criteria.
Skilled and Business Migration will only provide RCB advice once per employer nomination application lodged with the Department of Home Affairs (applications for the same position with the same nominee).
How to Apply
Once you have ensured you meet all the criteria, and prepared all documentation required for your application:
- Submit an RCB advice application via the Skilled & Business Migration portal.
Ensure that you (the employer) meet the requirements for RCB advice applications and that you have all the documentation to complete Skilled & Business Migration’s online application.
- Lodge an employer nomination application with the Department of Home Affairs
NOTE: It is your decision whether you apply for RCB advice before or after lodging an employer nomination application with the Department of Home Affairs. When you lodge an employer nomination, it is Department of Home Affairs policy that the RCB advice must have been issued within the last three months.
- If the Department of Home Affairs approves the employer nomination, the employee will then need to lodge a subclass 494 visa application with the Department of Home Affairs. For more details on this process, please see the Department of Home Affairs website.
You will receive a copy of the RCB advice (Form 1404) to provide to the Department of Home Affairs with your SESR nomination application.
For not satisfied applications, you will receive the RCB advice (Form 1404) with a summary of the reasons for the negative assessment advice. A not satisfied RCB outcome does not prevent you from lodging an employer nomination application with Department of Home Affairs and you can provide additional information to Home Affairs. Department of Home Affairs will consider both the RCB advice provided and the information supplied in the employer’s SESR nomination application.
RCB advice is valid for three months from the date the advice is issued.
Please note: The paying for visa sponsorship framework introduces new laws that allow the Department of Home Affairs to take action in instances where this conduct is identified or suspected. On 14 December 2015 new criminal and civil penalties and visa cancellation provisions were introduced as part of the framework. This allows for sanctions to be imposed on a person who asks for, receives, offers or provides a benefit in return for a visa sponsorship or employment that requires visa sponsorship (otherwise known as a 'sponsorship-related event').
Online Application: Start an Application
Please review the Annual Market Salary requirements below and the document checklist before applying to Skilled and Business Migration for RCB advice.
Annual Market Salary Rate
The annual salary is no less than the Annual Market Salary Rate.
PLEASE NOTE: Skilled & Business Migration will provide advice to the Department of Home Affairs on the market salary rate. In addition to the market salary rate requirement, the Department of Home Affairs require the nominee’s annual salary is no less than the Temporary Skilled Income Migration Threshold (TSMIT) .
All documents uploaded must be colour scanned copies of genuine originals.
You will need to prepare the following general information relating to your nomination:
- ANZSCO Code
The ANZSCO (Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations) code for the nominated occupation. The nominated occupations must be on the applicable list.
NOTE: It must be a full-time the position (in the nominees nominated occupation) based in South Australia and likely to exist for at least five (5) years.
- Transaction Reference Number (if applicable)
If you have already lodged a nomination application with the Department of Home Affairs, please have your Transaction Reference Number (TRN) ready.
- Employer Nomination Application
Provide a copy of the employer nomination application confirmation from the Department of Home Affairs.
- Migration Agent Registration Number (if applicable)
If you are represented by a Migration Agent, you will also need your Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) number.