Skilled Migration For The Northern Inland

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) is making an important contribution to the Northern Inland NSW region’s economy, through its skilled migration program. For employers who need a position filled and cannot do so with local labour, skilled migrant labour can be critical. For skilled workers from overseas, these pathways to permanent residency are an opportunity for a quality lifestyle in a quiet yet vibrant regional Australian community.


Under the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), RDANI performs the Regional Certifying Body role, which entails providing advice to the Department about a nominating employer and how they meet the required criteria, including the inability to fill the nominated position locally. Nominated employees from overseas apply for the 187 visa, which is a direct entry stream (towards Permanent Residency). This visa program involves a minimum two-year commitment from both the employer and the employee.


RDANI also assesses applications from prospective skilled migrations for the NSW Government nominated Skilled Regional 489 sub-class visa. Applicants are supported by RDANI and receive a State nomination if they meet the criteria and are qualified in an occupation that is considered to be needed in the Northern Inland region.


In addition to liaising with employers and skilled migrants, RDANI works with community organisations which help address the challenges of settling in and engaging with a regional community


RDA - Northern Inland is the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for two visas:


This organisation is the only RCB for the Northern Inland region of NSW, which includes the following 12 Local Government Areas:

  • Armidale Regional Council
  • Tenterfield Shire Council
  • Glen Innes Severn Council
  • Uralla Shire Council
  • Walcha Shire Council
  • Tamworth Regional Council
  • Liverpool Plains Shire Council
  • Gunnedah Shire Council
  • Narrabri Shire Council
  • Moree Plains Shire Council
  • Gwydir Shire Council
  • and Inverell Shire Council.


Please look at the drop-down menu for detailed skilled migration information assistance.


If you are interested in relocating to this region, we encourage you to learn about it. Online information can be found on this website and its sister site:


Links to skilled migration information on this site:


For information about RSMS employer nomination click here


For information about Skilled Regional NSW (visa sub-class 489) nomination click here


For information about seeking seasonal workers click here


For information about immigration advice click here


For information about how to pay RDANI skilled migration assessment fees click here


Click here for RDANI Skilled Migration Contact details


Click here for Important Information for 489 visa holders/applicants to assist with settlement in the Northern Inland NSW region

Cleck here for Skilled Migration Case Studies, which provide first-person insights from employers and skilled migrants in Northern Inland NSW.