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Regional Certifying Bodies Comparison – 494 Visa- Pathway to Permanent Residency

When an employer nominates a visa holder or overseas applicant for the Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa, the nominated position must be assessed by a regional certifying body (RCB). Regional certifying body assessments give the Department of Home Affairs information about local labour market conditions and other relevant regional matters. Your nominated occupation must be approved by RCB before you can lodge a valid nomination application for visa subclass 494.

Depending on where the nominated position is in, you must apply to the relevant RCB. Each state and regional area has different RCB criteria.

Here is an overview of RCBs across regional areas in Australia and their requirements.

Detailed requirements
  Areas Covered Duration of company operation requirements Processing time Fee (GST included)
VICTORIA
Greater Bendigo

(Loddon Mallee Regional Certifying Body)

–        City of Greater Bendigo

–        Macedon Ranges Shire

–        Gannawarra Shire

–        Loddon shire

–        Central Goldfields Shire

–        Campaspe Shire

Nil 28 days AUD $550
Commerce Ballarat –        City of Ballarat

–        Golden Plains Shire

–        Hepburn Shire

–        Moorabool Shire

–        Pyrenees Shire

Nil Not Published Member: AUD $495

Non-Member: AUD $605

Geelong –        Geelong

–        Gippsland

–        Traralgon

Nil 28 days for 494

90 days for 187

AUD $550
Wangaratta –        Rural City of Wangaratta

–        City of Wodonga

–        Benalla Rural City

–        Alpine Shire

–        Towong Shire

–        Mansfield Shire

–        Indigo Shire

Nil 28 days AUD $550
Greater Shepparton –        City of Greater Shepparton

–        Strathbogie Shire

–        Murrindindi Shire

–        Moira Shire

–        Mitchell Shire

Nil 28 days AUD $550
Swan Hill & Mildura Swan Hill Rural City Council is the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for the North West region (Swan Hill and Mildura) Nil 28 days AUD $595
Warnarnbool

(Great South Coast)

–       Warrambool

–       Moye

–       Corangamite

–       Glenelg

–       Southern Grampians

–       Colac-Otway shires

Nil Not published AUD $440
Wimmera Wimmera and Southern Mallee region At least 6 months Not published AUD $550
QUEENSLAND
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland –   Brisbane

–   Rockhampton & Central QLD

–   Cairns

–   Far North QLD

–   Mackay

–   Townsville & North QLD

–   Gold Coast

–   Sunshine Coast

–   Toowoomba

–   South West Queensland

–   South East Queensland

Nil 10 days CCIQ Members: $436.54

CCIQ Non-Members: $669.9

Remote Area Planning & Development Board (RAPAD) Central Western Queensland Nil Not published AUD 330
Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited Gladstone Nil 5 days AUD 550
Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce North West region Nil
Cairns Chamber of Commerce Cairns Nil 10 days Members of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce: $414.70

Non-Members of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce: $638.00 (incl GST)

Maranoa Regional Council Maranoa Nil Not published AUD 520
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate All Canberra Nil 21 days AUD 330
NEW SOUTH WALES
Regional Development Australia, Central West Inc –       Central West region

–       Blue Mountains LGA

Nil 28 days AUD 660
Regional Development Australia, Orana Inc Orana region Nil 28 days AUD 800
Regional Development Australia, Central Coast Inc. Central Coast & Hawkesbury Nil 28 days AUD 800
Regional Development Australia, Hunter Inc. Hunter Region Nil 28 days AUD 675
Regional Development Australia, Mid North Coast Inc. Mid North Coast Nil 28 days AUD 770
Regional Development Australia, Northern Inland Inc. Armidale Regional, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Uralla, Walcha, Tamworth, Liverpool Plains, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Moree, Gwydir and Inverell In most case, 2 years of Financial Report is required.

If a business is less than six months old, an additional strong argument for the nomination, supporting by documents and a business plan and explanation about what led to the need for the position

28 days AUD 770
Regional Development Australia, Northern Rivers Inc. Northern Rivers region Nil Not published AUD 770
Regional Development Australia, Far South Coast Far South Coast In most case, 2 years of Financial Report is required.

If a business is less than six months old, an additional strong argument for the nomination, supporting by documents and a business plan and explanation about what led to the need for the position

28 days AUD 770
Regional Development Australia, Illawarra Inc. Illawarra region Nil 28 days AUD 770
Regional Development Australia, Murray Inc. Murray Region Nil 28 days AUD 770
Regional Development Australia, Riverina Inc. Riverina region Nil 28 days AUD 770
Regional Development Australia, Southern Inland Inc. Southern Inland Nil 28 days AUD 770
Regional Development Australia, Far West Inc. Far West Nil 14 days AUD 770
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Department of

Industry, Tourism and Trade

All Northern Territory Nil Not published Free
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Department for Innovation and Skills All South Australia Nil Not published Free
TASMANIA
Department of State Growth All Tasmania 12 months 28 days Free
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Department of Training and Workforce Development Western Australia (excluding the Goldfields–Esperance region). Nil Not published AUD 200
Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance Goldfields–Esperance region Nil 28 days AUD 440

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