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Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme(RSMS)


Australia is one of the most highly urbanised societies in the world, with 70% of the population living in cities. The two biggest cities in Australia, Sydney and Melbourne, are home to 36.4% of Australians. Continued increase in population is placing immense pressure on infrastructure, such as public transport and roadways, energy, air and water systems within the urban environment.

Hence in order to eschew the rat race, increasing numbers of people are opting to live and work in rural and bucolic areas. There are many ways to simplify one’s lifestyle and one solution adopted by many is to abandon urban living for the rural charms of countryside Australia.

Most people who downshift, experience health and wellbeing. For those who take the route of voluntary simplicity and decide, of their own accord to slow down their pace of life and reduce stress levels. They arrive for the lifestyle that encompasses the scenic, natural, slow town and the desire to have a greater quality of life for themselves and their families.

A growing number of IT technologists are either opting out of the urban hustle and bustle; and heading for the beach or are seeking a more harmonious balance of life activities. There is an increasing demand for IT specialists because of the rate at which technology skills become outdated and because of the mounting need for people with hi-tech and business acumen. It seems that some larger coastal towns that are increasing in size are finding they do not have shortage of IT specialists, as more and more specialists opt for a sea-change.

Demographers in Australia are predicting up to one million people will downshift during the next three years. This new group of people is so large that it is considered another cultural group.

At Cathay Ind we have the experience of assisting businesses in regional Australia to sponsor skilled workers. The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) allows regional employers to sponsor highly skilled workers from overseas (or temporary residents already residing in Australia) to live and work in regional Australia in full-time positions. Under the RSMS, employers are able to sponsor migrants who have the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) 1-4 occupations.

The following benefits are available to RSMS visa holders:

  • Skilled migration – concessions for points and English language skills, sponsorship required
  • Employer sponsored (PR) – no DIAC minimum salary, award wages apply; broader range of occupations
  • Students – 5pts available for regional study
  • Working holiday – second visa if you fulfil seasonal (agricultural) work criteria
  • Business migration – for business people wanting to develop a business in regional Australian states and territories are very keen to hear from you. A range of information and referral services is available to support you in developing a realistic proposal.

Nominees sponsored under the RSMS program must be under 45 years of age, and have functional English language skills. Prior to submitting the nomination to DIAC, all RSMS documentation must be certified by a regional certifying body (RCB).

Regions eligible for RSMS are those limited to postcodes listed by DIAC.

"Regional" Postcodes for RSMS:

  • NEW SOUTH WALES: all save Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong (2250-2251, 2256-2263, 2311-2312, 2328-2411, 2420-2490, 2536-2551, 2575-2594, 2618-2739, 2787-2898)
  • QUEENSLAND: all save greater Brisbane and the Gold Coast (4124-4125, 4133, 4211, 4270-4272, 4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307-4499, 4515, 4517-4519, 4522-4899)
  • TASMANIA: all
  • VICTORIA: all save Melbourne metro area (3211-3334, 3340-3424, 3430-3649, 3658-3749, 3753, 3756, 3758, 3762, 3764, 3778-3781, 3783, 3797, 3799, 3816-3909, 3921-3925, 3945-3974, 3979, 3981-3996)