Skilled Migration Program


The Ballarat region is one of a number of Victorian regional areas that participate in the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.  The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme helps employers to attract and retain skilled talent. Skilled migrants fill employment positions which are unable to be filled locally and greatly assist in reducing regional skills shortages.

There are a number of employment options available to both employers and skilled migrants in regional Victoria.

Typically an employer will commence employing a skilled migrant via a temporary work visa (sub class 457). Prior to engaging an employee via a 457 visa, employers will be required to provide evidence to the Department of Immigration that they have not been able to fill the position via the local labour market or through the skill development of existing employees.

At a later date the employer may subsequently sponsor the employee for permanent residency visa (sub class 187) via the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.

Further information relating to the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme is available at

General enquiries regarding Regional Sponsored Migration can be made with the Department of Immigration on 1300 364 613.

For EmployersTop of document.

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme can:

  • Assist with addressing skills shortages within industry
  • Provide access to skilled, qualified professionals via SkillSelect 
  • Assist with the retention of skilled migrants via sponsorship for permanent residency

What is SkillSelect?

SkillSelect is a new online service that enables skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to be considered for a skilled visa through an Expression of Interest (EOI). Intending migrants can be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or they could be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.

SkillSelect will also help address regional skill shortages. SkillSelect allows intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. This will be of particular benefit to employers experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory governments attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia. Visit the Skill select website.

How can I source a skilled migrant for my business?

SkillSelect is a secure online service that requires a valid AUSKey for employers to gain access. Australian businesses can register for an AUSKey to securely and conveniently access a range of government online services.

To obtain an AUSKey or find out more, visit the AUSKey website

Skilled migration checklists 

  • There is a checklist for employers wanting to lodge a nomination to sponsor a skilled migrant forpermanent residency. 

    From 1st July, 2012 all employer nominations must be submitted to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship online. Prior to submitting the nomination online, approval must be provided by a Regional Certifying Body (RCB).If the employee has been employed via a Temporary Work Visa (sub class 457) for a minimum period of two years then approval by the RCB is not required and a direct application can be submitted online to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
  • For employers wishing to sponsor and nominate a skilled migrant fortemporary employmentthe appropriate visa is a sub class 457. The application can be made online directly to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and a checklist is also available to download

All information relating to the visas mentioned above as well as other visa categories is available from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship

For MigrantsTop of document.

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme can assist you with:

  • Applying for permanent residency either as a Direct Entry applicant or as a Temporary Transition applicant (where you have completed 2 years employment via a sub class 457 visa)
  • Access to employment opportunities via SkillSelect (

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