Regional Certifying Body - Grampians


In the Grampians region the City of Ballarat is the Regional Certifying Body for assessing employer nominations sponsoring skilled migrants for permanent residency.  Council has an electronic system to reduce time spent on this process by employers. 

The Grampians region geographically covers the local government areas of the City of Ballarat and the shires of Hepburn, Pyrenees, Moorabool and Golden Plains.

Documentation, Fee & ProcessTop of document.

The following information is provided to assist employers sponsoring skilled migrants for permanent residency. The information below relates to the process of gaining approval from the Regional Certifying Body.

  1. Department of Immigration Application - Form 1404 
  2. If using a Migration Agent, provide an authority with the Department of Immigration -Form 956.
  3. Evidence to support your application. (See details below)
  4. Application fee:  Non-refundable application processing fee of $850 (Inc. GST)

Once you have sufficient documentation you are able to lodge your nomination electronically via the City of Ballarat e-Services system.

  1. Register as an e-Services user.
  2. Log in and submit your nomination.   

For further assistancewith lodging an employer nomination to the Regional Certifying Body please contact the City of Ballarat on 5320 5180 or via email at


Evidence to Support ApplicationTop of document.

1.     Genuine need for a paid employee in the position as nominated.

  • Attach a broadorganisational structurewhich indicates where this position sits within the organisation. (Note include full time, part time, casual, apprentices, trainees and volunteer staff )
  • Attach aposition description
  • Attach a letter of offer oremployment contract– (draft letter if the nominee is not yet known) 
  • Attach a statement to indicate why the position has become available AND why the position is necessary for the business to operate effectively. 

2.     Evidence that the position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is living in the same local area where the nominated position exits.

  • Attach evidence of labour marked testing undertaken within the last six months. Evidence can be copies of prominent advertisements that have been distributed within the Grampians Region. These may include newspapers, trade papers, industry newsletters, recognised on-line job vacancy sites and websites.
    **At least three such examples from 3 different media sources must be provided.
  • Provide supporting documentation describing how the nominator has made genuine attempts to fill the position with a person from the local labour market and has been unable to do so.  Documentation detailing the results of selection exercises undertaken is helpful.

3.     That the terms and conditions of employment applicable to the position will be similar to the terms and conditions that are provided to or would be provided to an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident undertaking the same work at the same location.

  • If there is an existing worker within the business who is an Australian Citizen or permanent resident performing the same or closely related occupation include documentation showing the salary, entitlements and other conditions afforded to that worker. Attach evidence to show how the salary has been determined such as an award, enterprise agreement, collective agreement or common law contract.


  • If there is no existing worker performing the same or closely related occupation provide evidence that the nomine will be paid the market rate.  This may include copies of advertisements for the same or closely related occupation indicating a comparable salary level within the same region, evidence that the salary and conditions offered meets the minimum working conditions stipulated by the relevant Commonwealth or State Government industrial instrument.

4.     Additional requirements for a new business operating over 6 months andless than 12 months:

  • Attach a copy of ABN certification and registration with ASIC
  • Evidence of lease or purchase of building and equipment
  • Evidence of availability of funding
  • Evidence of business activity for 6 months
  • Photos of business premises outside and inside


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