Geelong Regional Certifying Body (RCB)

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

Please note: the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Direct Entry (DE) stream visa will close to new applications at 11:59pm on 15 November 2019. The Geelong RCB are now only assessing applications that have been lodged with the Department of Home Affairs (as indicated on the Form 1404).

The Geelong RCB is temporarily processing Requests for Assessment for the Ballarat Region.

If applying from the Ballarat Region please read all information on the Geelong RCB web pages. Direct any questions by email to

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 employer sponsored Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) 187 Visa skilled permanent residency visa . Overseas migration should only be considered as a last resort and when all other options to attract Australian workers have been exhausted.

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

  • They actively and lawfully operate a business in Australia
  • Will be nominating the worker for a position in your business
  • Have a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a skilled position
  • Offer a skilled position that is full-time and ongoing for at least two years, with no express exclusion included in the employment contract of this period being extended in future
  • The position must not be able to be filled by an Australian citizen or permanent resident who lives in, or would move to, the area
  • Meet the Salary and employment condition requirements and have the capacity to pay the worker at least the annual market salary rate for two years
  • Wish to fill a position that is an occupation listed for the 187 visa on the list of eligible skilled occupations
  • There is no adverse information known about your business or any person associated with your business, or it is reasonable to disregard this information
  • The worker holds (or is eligible for) any mandatory registration, licence or professional membership
  • They comply with Australian law including in relation to immigration and employment.

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 Home Affairs.

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

For information about the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy requirement, see Employer Sponsored Skilled visas - Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy.

The Role of a Regional Certifying Body (RCB)

The role of an RCB is to provide advice to the Department of Home Affairs regarding positions nominated on RSMS Direct Entry stream employer applications, using local knowledge to advise the Department in relation to:

  • whether the identified person would be paid at least the annual market salary rate for the occupation;
  • whether there is a genuine need for the identified person to be employed in the position, under the direct control of the nominator;
  • whether the position can be filled by an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident who is living in, or would move to, the local area concerned.

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 Home Affairs 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 Home Affairs, 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
  • Complete questions 1-10 on the Department of Home Affairs Regional Certifying Body Advice Form 1404
  • 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 On-line RSMS Nomination Application with the Department of Home Affairs.

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

Similarly, a 'does not satisfy' from an RCB does not necessarily mean the Department of Home Affairs 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

Temporarily including the Ballarat RCB region local government areas of:

  • City of Ballarat
  • Golden Plains Shire
  • Hepburn Shire
  • Moorabool Shire
  • Pyrenees Shire

Neighbouring RCBs:

List of Regional Certifying Bodies.


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 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 Home Affairs
  • 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
  • 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 Home Affairs 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 Home Affairs.

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 Home Affairs, the Department will provide the nominating employer or their agent with advice in relation to any appeal rights they may have.

Request a Geelong Regional Certifying Body (RCB) Assessment

Page last updated: Wednesday, 6 November 2019