Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491)

Steps to Apply

Steps to Apply

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Step 1 | Check Eligibility Criteria

First check if you are eligible to apply for nomination for a 491 Skilled Work Regional Visa through one of the following three streams:

Stream 1 – Living and working in regional NSW
Stream 2 – Recently completed study in regional NSW
Stream 3 – Living and working outside of a designated regional postcode of NSW


Check Eligibility Criteria

Step 2 | Check the Occupation List

The skilled occupations for each region will be different, so it is important that you check that your occupation is currently being accepted for our region. This list is updated regularly, and sometimes needs to be changed without notice. Your occupation must be on this list when you submit your application.

It is important that the skilled occupation on your application to the Hawkesbury or Blue Mountains matches the occupation that is entered into SkillSelect. If these do not match, you cannot be nominated to apply from the NSW Government.

As the occupation list is updated regularly, there may be variances between the list below and the copy provided by the NSW Government. The list below is the current edition, and applications need to adhere to this list. Occupations that are on the copy provided by the NSW Government but not on this list will not be accepted.

The RDA Sydney Subclass 491 Occupational List includes:

139912 Environmental Manager
141111 Café or Restaurant Manager
233211 Civil Engineer
233212 Geotechnical Engineer
233214 Structural Engineer
233311 Electrical Engineer
233512 Mechanical Engineer
254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
254499 Registered Nurse nec
272511 Social Worker
322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker
331111 Bricklayer
331211 Carpenter & Joiner
333411 Wall & Floor Tiler
334111 Plumber (General)
351311 Chef

Step 3 | Get to know the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury Regions

As the region that is supporting you and providing you with the opportunity to gain a 491 visa and potentially permanent residency, we expect you to genuinely commit to the Blue Mountains or Hawkesbury regions by living and working here and to make a positive contribution to our communities.

Therefore, it is important that you get to know the Blue Mountains or Hawkesbury region, and research whether the work and lifestyle opportunities it provides are suitable for you and any dependents you may have.


Blue Mountains City Council
Blue Mountains Map


Hawkesbury City Council
Hawkesbury Map

Step 4 | Complete your Application form and Documentation

Important information:

RDA Sydney will not be accepting offshore applications under stream 3b and 3c until further notice. This is due to the request from the Australian Government to prioritise on-shore applicants and the national border restrictions because of COVID-19. This will be reviewed in April and no exceptions can be made.

General information:

The application form and required documentation for each stream is different, so it is important that you select the correct stream to avoid delays in processing your application.

Application forms and document checklists for each of the streams are available through the links below for:

Stream 1 – Living and Working in Regional NSW
Stream 2 – Recently Completed Study in Regional NSW
Stream 3a – Job Offer in Regional NSW
Stream 3b – Living and Working Outside a Designated Regional Postcode of NSW
Stream 3c – Family Ties in Regional NSW

Step 5 | Make Payment for your Application Assessment

Payment is required as part of your application, and we will not commence assessment of your application until your payment can be verified.

Our assessment fees are:
Skilled Regional State Nominated (491 visa) : AUD $800.00 inc GST

Note that payment for your application assessment fee does not guarantee a positive outcome for your application.

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Step 7 | Await the Outcome of your Application

Applications will be processed in the order in which complete applications are received and will be completed within 6 weeks.

Once we have assessed your application we will be in contact with you to request further information if required documents were not included in your application submission or to advise you on the outcome of your application.

If your application is successful, we will provide you with information about the next steps in the process.

Once we have advised the NSW Government that we have offered you nomination, it will take up to 5 working days (Monday to Friday, and excluding NSW public holidays) for the nomination to be processed and you will receive an invitation to apply from SkillSelect.

Step 6 | Submit your Application

All applications should be addressed to our Migration Officer.

All applications must be submitted via email.

Email applications, with all supporting documents clearly identified and in separate files to:

You will receive an email to acknowledge receipt of your application.

Important Notice

Please do not call or email our office regarding the progress of your application if it has been less than 6 weeks. Attending to calls and emails such as these delays the process for everyone’s applications, including yours.