Regional Certification

Regional Certifying Body (SESR subclass 494)

As a Regional Certifying Body (RCB), the Rural City of Wangaratta provides advice to the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) on the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) (SESR visa) in the Employer Sponsored (ES) stream. Rural City of Wangaratta provides advice on applications with positions nominated in the following regions/LGA's: 

  • Rural City of Wangaratta
  • City of Wodonga
  • Benalla Rural City
  • Alpine Shire
  • Towong Shire
  • Mansfield Shire
  • Indigo Shire

 

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The RCB’s role is to provide advice to Home Affairs on the SESR - ES applications, using local area knowledge to advise on whether the nominee for the position will be paid at least the Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) for the occupation.

ES stream nominations must be accompanied by advice from an RCB; however, this advice can be provided before or after lodgement of the ES stream nomination application with Home Affairs.

RCBs must provide their assessment advice to Home Affairs within 28 days of receipt of the request. RCB advice is valid for 3 months from the date of issue

 

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) Provisional Visa

The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) (SESR visa) enables Australian employers in designated regional areas to nominate skilled overseas workers. The SESR is to assist employers in regional and low population growth areas of Australia where they have been unable to fill vacant positions with Australian citizens or permanent residents living in or wishing to move to the regional area where the nominated position is located.

When an employer decides to nominate a skilled overseas worker for a SESR visa in the Employer Sponsored (ES) stream, the nomination must be accompanied by advice completed by a relevant Regional Certifying Body (RCB).  The RCB must have responsibility for the area where the nominated position is located. RCBs provide advice to the Department regarding the Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) for the occupation.

More information about the SESR visa here.

 

Criteria: Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR)

There is a market salary rate framework for the SESR visa program. As a result, where the overseas skilled worker will be paid less than AUD250,000, nominators need to demonstrate that:

  • they have determined the AMSR
  • the overseas skilled worker will not be paid less than this amount (i.e. less than what an Australian worker would be paid)
  • both the AMSR and what the overseas skilled worker will be paid, excluding any non-monetary benefits in both cases, must be no less than the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) – i.e. currently AUD53,900.

Further information on salary and employment condition requirements for sponsored skilled visas, including determining the AMSR, can be found here.

Fee

The Regional Certification fee is $550.00. Fees are non-refundable.

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Step 1.Gather your documents

To apply for a visa certification, you need to submit the following documents:

  • 1404 Form - Regional Certifying Body Application(PDF, 142KB)
  • Copy of position description and employee contract which is signed by both employee and employer
  • Evidence to support the salary and terms and conditions for this position are consistent with the market rate. At a minimum, this requires:
    • A copy of the relevant award or enterprise agreement highlighting the salary and classification
    • A copy of an employee contract for a similar position within the business OR copies of three advertisements for similar positions in regional Victoria. 
  • Cheque, money order or completed credit card form(PDF, 241KB)   
  • Prepaid, self addressed, A4 envelope for the return of documents

We strongly recommend you use our Checklist(PDF, 230KB) to ensure you have provided all the required documents. 

Step 2.Send

Send a copy of your documents along with a cheque, money order or completed credit card form to:

Regional Certification Officer
Rural City of Wangaratta
PO Box 238
Wangaratta 3676

Step 3.Review

We will review your application within 28 days of receiving it.

You may be asked to submit additional documentation to help us process the application. If this is the case, you will be given a period of 5 business days to produce this documentation.

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Step 1.Gather your documents

To apply for a visa certification, you need to submit the following documents:

  • 1404 Form - Regional Certifying Body Application(PDF, 142KB)
  • Copy of position description and employee contract which is signed by both employee and employer
  • Evidence to support the salary and terms and conditions for this position are consistent with the market rate. At a minimum, this requires:
    • A copy of the relevant award or enterprise agreement highlighting the salary and classification
    • A copy of an employee contract for a similar position within the business OR copies of three advertisements for similar positions in regional Victoria. 
  • completed credit card form(PDF, 241KB)

We strongly recommend you use our Checklist(PDF, 230KB) to ensure you have provided all the required documents. 

Step 2.Email

Send a copy of your documents to migration@wangaratta.vic.gov.au

Step 3.Review

We will review your application within 28 days of receiving it.

You may be asked to submit additional documentation to help us process the application. If this is the case, you will be given a period of 5 business days to produce this documentation.

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Step 1.Gather your documents

To apply for a visa certification, you need to submit the following documents:

  • 1404 Form - Regional Certifying Body Application(PDF, 142KB)
  • Copy of position description and employee contract which is signed by both employee and employer
  • Evidence to support the salary and terms and conditions for this position are consistent with the market rate. At a minimum, this requires:
    • A copy of the relevant award or enterprise agreement highlighting the salary and classification
    • A copy of an employee contract for a similar position within the business OR copies of three advertisements for similar positions in regional Victoria. 
  • Prepaid, self addressed, A4 envelope for the return of documents

We strongly recommend you use our Checklist(PDF, 230KB) to ensure you have provided all the required documents.  

Step 2.Visit us

Bring your documents into our Government Centre at 62-68 Ovens Street, Wangaratta. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card.

Step 3.Review

We will review your application within 28 days of receiving it.

You may be asked to submit additional documentation to help us process the application. If this is the case, you will be given a period of 5 business days to produce this documentation.