Skilled Regional NSW Sponsorship

Processing timeframe:
Please note that due to high demand and upcoming Christmas holidays, any applications received after 5pm, Monday 4th December will not be processed until January 2018.


Our office will be closed for the Christmas Holidays from 5pm on Friday the 22nd of December until 9am on Tuesday the 2nd of January 2018.


Visa sub-class 489


Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) does not have an expression of interest or pre-approval process. If you are seeking regional sponsorship for the Skilled – Regional Sponsored (provision) sub-class 489 visa from this region of NSW, it is up to you or your agent to ensure you meet the requirements of the assessment process. Payment of the assessment fee is required up front and is non-refundable - this is because it is a fee for our assessment service, not an outcome.


Fee Increase: From 1 July 2017, the RDA Northern Inland assessment fee for Skilled Regional State Nominated 489sc visa applications increased to AUD$800 (including GST and all associated credit card charges). This is a small increase that simplifies our processes and ensures our continued processing efficiency.


Download / view the list of occupations RDANI is currently supporting below.


Please check this list to see if additional conditions are required to be met in relation to an occupation by this region. Where work experience is required, voluntary work is not accepted.


DownloadState 489 Occupation List for Northern Inland NSW - UPDATED 21 November, 2017 (357 KB)


For detailed information on the Points Based Skilled Migration requirements, click on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Booklet 6 download at the bottom of the page and read carefully.


To apply to Regional Development Australia Northern Inland for Skilled Regional Sponsorship you are making a commitment to make a genuine effort to satisfy your 489 visa conditions in the region – full-time equivalent employment for at least 12 months and living in the regional area for at least 2 years. You are expected to make genuine attempts to find work in Northern Inland NSW. If you have applied from within Australia, we expect you to relocate to the region within 3 months of receiving your Visa Grant Notice. We understand that offshore applicants have much to arrange and the DIBP stipulates when you must enter Australia by on your Visa Grant Notice.


A “Release Letter” from your obligation to this region may not be granted without showing that you have taken serious steps to relocate to or remain in this region, through seeking employment.


Sponsorship from RDA Northern Inland is not a guarantee of work. Applicants should learn about this region, via RDANI’s website: Come on Inland and research employment prospects before applying (in case a “release letter” is not granted in future). That research could involve calling employers and employment agencies around the region, as well as looking up job advertisements.


It is not our role to help visa recipients to find work. We will, however, provide basic insights about the region, where to find advice on employment in certain areas or how to address some local challenges or barriers to finding a job or somewhere to live.


Please include the following information in your application (supporting documents only need to be certified where the quality or clarity of the copies/scans is poor):

  • Completed NSW State Government 489 Form R (90kb PDF)
  • Resume
  • Work references (where points are being claimed for work experience)
  • Passport [of all applicant and dependent(s)]
  • Full Skills Assessment (must be within three years old)
  • English Language proficiency test results, such as International English Language Test Results.must be within three years old and meet the minimum requirements as stipulated in the Self-Assessment of Skills). Other tests accepted and the required scores for each can be found on this DIBP webpage:
  • Relevant Qualifications/Certificates (which support claimed points)
  • Cheque, Money Order or a copy of direct deposit receipt from your bank or your PayPal receipt for the assessment fee. Further details are available on our payment details page:


Applications can be sent in via email to or by mail to:

RDA - Northern Inland

PO Box 72

Armidale NSW 2350




To be sure you are have prepared and are supplying all required supporting documents, please consult the DIBP 489 checklist:  


Migration agents must supply a completed form 956 as authorisation to act as an agent on the applicant's behalf.


Allow up to 4 weeks for processing by RDA-NI - this timeframe can vary.

An Assessment Fee of AUD $800 (Inc GST) applies. Applicants living overseas are not required to pay GST, however due to increased administrative costs in relation to such matters, the total payment remains at AUD $800.


This fee must be paid in advance, as it is the service and not the outcome that is being paid for.


NOTE: 489 visa applicants are not to contact the NSW Government's Department of Industry directly, unless absolutely necesary. Queries are to go through the Regional office responsible for the application.