Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)

Steps to Apply

Steps to Apply

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Step 1 | Complete Application and Submit Documentation

Apply on line by going to the NSW 491 Application webpage at this site you will complete the application form and be asked to provide relevant documentation that addresses your EOI claims, this should be provided in Zip File Format. As part of this process, you will be asked which RDA you are applying for, you can only apply for one RDA Region.

Payment to your chosen RDA must be made immediately prior to lodging your application with them. Evidence and receipt of such payment must be included in your zip-files at the time you submit your application to the relevant RDA.

Step 2 | Get to Know Your Region

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 region 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 3 | RDA Confirmation of Receipt of Documentation

The application and Zip file will be forwarded to your nominated RDA.

Your RDA will send a confirmation email of receipt of documentation and provide details regarding payment of your fee. 

Step 4 | Assessment Fee Payment Instructions

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 including GST

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

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Step 5 | RDA Assessment Process

Applications will be processed in the order in which complete applications are received and will be completed within 8 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. 

Step 6 | Await Outcome of your Application

Once we have referred your application to the NSW Government for 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.

Important Notice

Please do not call or email our office regarding the progress of your application if it has been less than 8 weeks. Attending to calls and emails such as these delays the process for everyone’s applications, including yours.