Regional Certifying Body (SESR subclass 494)

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?
The role of a RCB is to provide advice to the Department on the SESR visa, ES stream nomination applications, using local area knowledge to advise on whether the nominee for the position will be paid at least the annual market salary rate 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 the Department of Home Affairs. The Department cannot approve a nomination where advice from an RCB has not been provided.

Departmental decision makers will assess ES stream nominations against a range of criteria, including but not limited to those that RCBs provide advice on. Local knowledge about businesses operating in the specific RCB’s jurisdiction adds value to the assessment process.

Download Regional Certifying Body Advice Form here.

Q3: What do I need to provide to get RCB advice?
Please view the RCB SESR 494 Visa 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: $414.70 (Inc. GST) - 35% member discount

CCIQ Non-Members: $638.00 (Inc. GST)

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: What is the validity of the RCB Advice?

CCIQ RCB Advice is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.

Q7: How do I know if my post code is deemed “regional”?

Please refer to the list available here on our website.

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 25 days of receipt of the RCB application will result in assessment being made “as is” and forwarded to Home Affairs.

Q9. How do I know if my sponsored position is on a skills list?

Refer to the Department of Home Affairs website

Q10: What is the best way to contact the CCIQ RCB team for advice?

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