Direct Entry stream

Use this stream if you want to nominate an applicant to fill a position that is:

  • an occupation as specified by legislative instrument IMMI 15/083 and IMMI 15/109 with lists certain occupations at ANZSCO skill level one, two, or three
  • full-time, ongoing and available for at least two years.

You must obtain advice from a regional certifying body about the position you want to fill. You can send us the advice before or after you lodge an employer nomination application online. You might have to pay a charge to obtain advice from a regional certifying body for the position you want to fill. Please contact the relevant regional certifying body for more information.

Regional certifying bodies are a diverse network of state and territory government agencies, local chambers of commerce, local government councils and regional development bodies. A nomination made under the RSMS Direct Entry stream cannot be approved by us unless a regional certifying body has provided their advice in regard to the application.

The advice provided by a regional certifying body is intended to ensure all RSMS Direct Entry stream nominations have been scrutinised by a third party who is familiar with local labour market conditions and who might be able to provide information on regional matters which we might not be aware of. The regional certifying body assesses the nomination against the following criteria:

  • there is a genuine need for a paid employee in a business operated by the employer that is actively and lawfully operating in a regional area of Australia
  •  the terms and conditions of employment are the same as those that would apply to an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident performing the same work in the same location
  • the nominated position cannot be reasonably filled from the local labour market.​

Below is a list of regional certifying bodies.

Australian Capital Territory

ACT Economic Development Directorate
Website: Canberra create your future

New South Wales

Central NSW

Regional Development Australia, Central West Inc.
Website: Regional Development Australia - Central West

Regional Development Australia, Orana Inc.
Website: Regional Development Australia - Orana

Far South Coast NSW

Regional Development Australia, Far South Coast
Website: Regional Development Australia – South Coast

Northern NSW

Regional Development Australia, Hunter Inc.
Website: Regional Development Australia – Hunter

Regional Development Australia, Northern Rivers Inc.
Website: Regional Certifying Body – Northern Rivers

Regional Development Australia, Northern Inland Inc.
Website: Regional Development Australia – Northern Inland

Regional Development Australia, Mid North Coast
Website: Regional Development Australia – Mid North Coast

Eastern NSW

Regional Development Australia, Central Coast Inc.
Website: Regional Development Australia – Central Coast

Southern NSW

Regional Development Australia, Southern Inland Inc.
Website: Regional Development Australia – Southern Inland

Regional Development Australia, Murray Inc.
Website: Regional Development Australia - Murray

Regional Development Australia, Riverina Inc.
Website: Regional Development Australia – Riverina

Western NSW

Regional Development Australia, Far West Inc.
Website: Regional Development Australia – Far West

NSW Coordination

NSW Department of Industry
Website:NSW Business & Skilled Migration

Northern Territory

Department of Business
Website: Migration NT

Queensland

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland Head Office
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

South East Queensland

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (Gold Coast & Hinterland)
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Burnett)
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

South West Queensland

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (Toowoomba & South West Queensland)
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

Maranoa Regional Council
Email: council@maranoa.qld.gov.au

Central Queensland

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (Rockhampton & Central Queensland)
Website:Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce Inc.
Website: Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce

Winton Shire Council
Website: Winton Shire Council

Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board Inc.
Website: RAPAD

Regional Development Australia, Fitzroy and Central West
Website: Regional Development Australia – (Fitzroy and Central West)

Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited
Website: GAPDL

North Queensland

Cairns Chamber of Commerce Inc.
Website: Cairns Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (Cairns and Far North Queensland)
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland – Mackay
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

Business Development Executive, Economic Development,
Website: Townsville Enterprise

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (Townsville & North Qld)
Website: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

South Australia

Department of Manufacturing Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy
Website: South Australia - Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Tasmania

Department of State Growth
Website: Tasmanian Government – Migrating to Tasmania

Victoria

Grampians

City of Ballarat
Website: City of Ballarat

Loddon Mallee

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Website: Live in Victoria

Geelong and surrounds

The City of Greater Geelong
Website: Geelong Australia

Gippsland

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Website: Live in Victoria

Hume – Shepparton

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Website: Live in Victoria

Swan Hill and Mildura

Swan Hill Rural City Council
Website: Swan Hill Region

Great South Coast

Warrnambool City Council
Website: Warrnambool City Council

Wangaratta and Wodonga

Rural City of Wangaratta
Website: Rural City of Wangaratta

Wimmera

Wimmera Development Association
Website: Wimmera Development Association

Western Australia

Department of Training and Workforce Development
Website: www.migration.wa.gov.au

Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance
Website: Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance