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Regional Certifying Body

Commerce North West is an official Regional Certifying Body (RCB) under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) for the North West region.

These schemes are designed to help employers in regional or low growth areas of Australia fill skilled vacancies that they have been unable to fill through the local labour market by sponsoring skilled employees from overseas.

Both the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) has e a three stage process that may include certification by an RCB such as Commerce North West. Our role is to ensure:

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS):

  • That unless the position is "exceptional" the position nominated requires the appointment of a person who has qualifications equivalent to at least Australian diploma level. (under policy, trade certificates are considered to be the diploma level or higher).
  • The position is available for at least two years.
  • The employer is aware that a contract or letter of employment between the employer and the nominee will need to be sighted by the department before the nominee's visa can be granted.
  • There is a need for a paid employee in the business that is actively and lawfully operating in Regional Australia by the nominating employer.
  • The position is a genuine full time position.

For more information regarding the skilled migration schemes please visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website.

Process for Certification by Commerce North West

The following information is sent to Commerce North West (Checklist Here)

  • Form 1404. Forms are available on the DIAC website.
  • Position description.
  • Employment contract or letter of appointment (including the applicable award).
  • Evidence of attempts to recruit locally (e.g. newspaper ads).
  • CV/resume of nominee, if known (the position can be certified if the nominee/visa applicant is not known).
  • Salary rates of similarly qualified Australian employees currently employed or evidence of market salary (Form Attached).

A processing fee of $500 for member businesses or $550 for non members plus GST (non-refundable) is required at this stage. Payment can be made by cheque when submitting documentation or by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Commerce North West then processes and certifies or rejects the application.

The application is returned to the employer. The application, along with any other required documentation is then forwarded to DIAC for consideration with the new online system effective July 1, 2012.

Please note that certification of a nomination by the Commerce North West does not guarantee that it will be approved by DIAC.

Skills Matching Database:

The Skills Matching Database is a practical tool to link migrants with specific skilled vacancies or skill shortages in regional Australia. Applicants on the database are skilled, under 45 years of age and have good English language skills. An abridged version of the database, which does not contain applicant's personal details, is available on the DIAC website at

For further information on Sponsored Employment visit the DIAC website or Contact Commerce North West.




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