Skilled regional nominated migration (489)

If you want to move to regional NSW but do not qualify for NSW nomination under the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), you may be eligible for NSW nomination for a Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 489).

Regional Certifying Bodies currently represented by Regional Development Authorities in NSW will consider applications for nomination under this visa.

For a list of occupations nominated by participating regions in NSW, please follow the link.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for NSW nomination, you must meet the minimum eligibility requirements.


You must be less than 50 years of age at time of application to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

English Language

Applicants must sit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and score at least a six (6) on each of the four bands (Writing, Speaking, Listening, Reading).

Certain occupations require a higher standard of English in order to obtain a positive skill assessment. Please refer to the assessing authorities.


In order to apply for NSW Nomination under the subclass 489 visa, your occupation must be listed on the NSW Skilled Occupation List and is on the skilled occupation list of that particular region you are applying for.

Regions inviting applications

The following NSW regions are currently inviting applications under the 489 visa:

For this visa applicants must agree to live in the designated region. Other regions are not currently inviting applications.

Regional areas may have additional requirements for certain occupations. Please check the relevant region's website for more information.

How to Apply

To apply for nomination from one of these regions you must complete NSW Form R and send it with copies of required documents and the application fee to the regional office you are seeking nomination from.

Register on SkillSelect

You must advise the Regional Certifying Body of your DIBP SkillSelect EOI Reference Number within 90 days from the date of your nomination or your nomination will lapse.  To register on SkillSelect and obtain an EOI Reference Number, please go to the DIBP website

Registration on arrival

If you are an offshore applicant, once you have been granted your visa and have settled in NSW please register your contact details to the region that nominated you.  They may contact you to survey you on your experience settling in NSW.

Migration advice and assistance

NSW Trade & Investment does not provide a migration advice service. Trade & Investment has access to information from the Commonwealth Government of Australia on Australian migration law and may forward information to you as a general guide or make suggestions as to possible avenues for application.

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