Geelong Regional Certifying Body (RCB)

Employers applying to the Department of Immigration to sponsor an overseas professional under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) are required to apply for a assessment by a Regional Certifying Body.

The Federal Minister for the Department of Immigration has signed off on the new Gazettal Instrument - Migration Regulations (1994) which includes the City of Greater Geelong as a Regional Certifying Body. This came into effect on 1 July 2013. The City of Greater Geelong Regional Certifying Body should be referred to as The Geelong RCB.

The Geelong RCB

The Geelong RCB operates as a service to the region's employers who have critical skill shortages that cannot be filled from the local labour market. The Geelong RCB seek to ensure employers with genuine skill shortages have access to the important and limited Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa.

The Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 is an employer sponsored permanent residency visa designed to assist regional employers to fill critical skill vacancies their business has been unable to fill locally.

Employers can nominate a skilled worker for the RSMS visa if:

  • they actively and lawfully operate a business in regional Australia

  • they have a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a skilled position (ANZSCO skill level 1,2 or 3)

  • they offer a skilled position in the applicant's field that is full time and ongoing for at least two years

  • they pay a market salary rate

  • they comply with Australian immigration and workplace relations laws

  • there is no adverse information known about your business or any person associated with the business.

The application process for the RSMS visa includes:

  • An employer nomination application to the Department of Immigration.
    An assessment by a Regional Certifying Body (RCB) is one step in the process of a Direct Entry stream employer nomination application.

  • An employee application to the Department of Immigration.

Please note: Only Direct Entry Stream Nominations require RCB assessment.

The Role of a Regional Certifying Body (RCB)

The role of an RCB is to provide advice to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) regarding POSITIONS nominated on RSMS Direct Entry stream employer applications, using local knowledge to advise the Department in relation to:

  • There is a genuine need for the nominator to employ a paid employee to work in the position under the nominator’s control;

  • The position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident who is living in the same local areas;

  • The terms and conditions applicable to the nominated position must be no less favourable than the terms and conditions that are provided to an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident performing equivalent work in the same workplace at the same location

Reference: Migration Regulations (1994) subclause (4) (h) (ii)

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 labour market conditions and who might be able to provide information on regional matters which the Department of Immigration may not be aware of.

While the information and substantiating evidence provided by an employer will be taken into account when providing advice to the Department of Immigration, it is the local knowledge of an Regional Certifying Body that is its purpose.

Requesting an Assessment by the Geelong RCB

  • Read all information on this website

  • Download and complete the Geelong RCB Checklist

  • Submit all Documents and Evidence to the Geelong RCB

  • Pay the application fee

What will the Geelong RCB do with my documentation?

  • The Geelong RCB will assess the documentation provided against the required criteria (above) and complete the last section of the Regional Certifying Body Advice Form 1404 (questions 11-15).

  • The completed Form 1404 will be returned to the employer for inclusion in their DIBP On-line RSMS Nomination Application.

Please note that a positive 'satisfies' RCB assessment does not ensure the Department of Immigration will approve the RSMS Nomination.

Similarly, a 'does not satisfy' from an RCB does not necessarily mean the Department of Immigration will not approve the Nomination. The Minister has the power to determine the outcome of all RSMS Nominations regardless of the RCB advice. The RCB advice is only one element within the Minister’s assessment process in considering an employer's Nomination for an RSMS.

The Geelong RCB region includes:

  • The City of Greater Geelong

  • Surf Coast Shire

  • Borough of Queenscliffe

Neighbouring RCBs:

View all Regional Certifying Bodies in Victoria.



When requesting an assessment by the Geelong Regional Certifying Body, please read and follow all steps on the Geelong RCB Checklist carefully as payment ($550 including GST) for an assessment is non refundable.

  • The onus is on the business to provide enough information and evidence for the Geelong RCB to assess the employer’s RSMS nomination

  • The Geelong RCB may at its discretion ask you to provide more information to assist in the assessment process

  • In addition to the documents suggested, consideration will be given to any other relevant material submitted with the application

  • The Geelong RCB uses its knowledge of the local labour market, its own research and considers the evidence provided by employers in providing advice to the Department of Immigration

  • Please do not provide us with personal documents about the RSMS Applicant (skilled overseas applicant) that are not related to the nominated position, this information is not relevant to this assessment process.

There are no appointments to be made with the Geelong RCB

All phone callers and visitors will be directed to this website. If you have read all of the information available you can email ( the Geelong RCB with specific queries.

RSMS decisions

Regional Certifying Bodies (RCBs) only provide advice to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection regarding the nominated POSITION.

RCBs make no final decisions and neither approve nor refuse RSMS employer nominations.

Obtaining positive RCB advice does not automatically guarantee that the RSMS employer nomination will also be approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

If the RSMS employer nomination is not approved by the Department, contacting the RCB is not the appropriate pathway to seek a review of the Department’s decision.

In case of a refusal decision by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Department will provide the nominating employer or their agent with advice in relation to any appeal rights they may have.

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Page last updated: Tuesday, 29 May 2018