Regional Certifying Body (Subclass 187)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: How do I sponsor someone?

Go to the Department of Home Affairs website or contact Home Affairs on 131 881 to find out what sponsorship option best suits your business.

Q2: Why do I need RCB advice?

A nomination made under the RSMS Direct Entry stream cannot be approved by the department 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 economic and labour market conditions and who may be able to provide information on regional matters which the department may 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 identified person would be paid at least the annual market salary rate (AMSR) for the occupation

  • The nominated position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident who is living in or would move to the local area where the nominated position exists

Q3: What do I need to provide to get RCB advice?

Please view the RCB Checklist available here.

Q4: Can I email the application?

Yes, this is our preferred option. Please email to

Q5: How much does this cost?

  • CCIQ Members: $396.85 (Ex. GST) - 35% Member Discount
  • CCIQ Non-Members: $609.00 (Ex. GST)

To obtain CCIQ membership contact us online or phone 1300 731 988.

The processing fees are non-refundable regardless of the outcome.

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations are to be made in writing, within 24 hours from initial RCB advice request.

Q6: How do I know if my post code is deemed “regional”?

Please refer to the list available here on our website.

Q7: How long does our RCB advice last?

The 1404 form must be submitted to the Department of Immigration either before or after lodging the nomination, but within three months of the date of signing the form.

Q8: How long does RCB advice take to obtain?

Ensuring all relevant documents are included in the application, between 5-10 working days. If the RCB requires further supporting documents we will let you know.

Failure to provide further supporting documents within three months of receipt of the RCB application will result in assessment being made “as is” and forwarded to Home Affairs.

Q9: Do I need to advertise the position?

The first objective for filling positions in regional Australia must be to offer employment to Australian citizens and permanent residents. Overseas migration should only be considered as a last resort and when all other options are exhausted. 
It is up to the employer to provide evidence of recruitment efforts and is in their best interests to provide details as per CCIQ’s checklist. 

Q10: What ANZSCO code applies to this position?

Refer to the Department of Home Affairs website. If unable to find the occupation in the ANZSCO list then you will need to discuss this with Home Affairs.

Q11: How do I show the Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR)?

Please refer to CCIQ’s RCB checklist for details.

Q12: How do I get someone’s qualifications assessed?

Contact Home Affairs on 131 881.

Q13: What are the Occupations that qualify for the direct Entry Stream?

To qualify, the occupation will need to be:

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

Q14: What is RSMS- Direct Stream?

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) allows Australian employers in regional and low population growth areas of Australia to sponsor skilled overseas workers for permanent residency, where employers have been unable to fill vacant positions with Australian citizens or permanent residents living in the same local area as the nominated positions.

Direct Entry Stream is for applicants who are untested in the Australian labour market and is for persons who are:

  • On a visa other than a subclass 457 visa
  • On a subclass 457 visa but have not worked for their nominating employer for the last two years
  • Who are applying from outside of Australia

For further information, please refer to our website here and the Home Affairs website.

Q15: What is the best way to contact the CCIQ RCB team for advice?

Please contact us via email: or contact the individual RCB.

Additional information

Please note, the RCB does not provide immigration advice.

For immigration advice, please contact the Department of Home Affairs or call the general inquiries number 131 881.