Applying for a 491 Visa Nomination

RDA Murray is no longer able to accept applications for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) for the remainder of the 2021-22 program year.

Our allocation of nomination positions, provided by the NSW government has now been filled.

If you are seeking settling into the Murray region, you may wish to consider alternative migration pathways which can be found at:

Information regarding the Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) can be found on the NSW Government Website

Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) 

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) allows skilled migrants to live, study and work in designated regional areas for a period of 5 years.

NSW nomination is by invitation only. To be considered for NSW nomination, you must register your interest on the NSW Government website.  NSW will use the information you provide when you register your interest to decide whether you will be selected to apply.

Registering your interest in NSW nomination is not an application.

For information about NSW nomination criteria, see the NSW Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) website.

To register your interest in NSW nomination, please visit the NSW How to register your interest in NSW nomination website and read all the information prior to completing the online form. Also, please read the NSW Common questions about skilled visas website for further information about NSW nomination for skilled visas.

If the NSW Government has invited you to apply for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) please click HERE

Points table for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

A New Nomination Process

To apply for NSW nomination, you must:

  1. Ensure you are eligible for the Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)
  2. Confirm you meet the criteria under a NSW nomination stream
  3. Complete an EOI in SkillSelect
  4. Register your interest during a submission window
  5. Be invited by NSW to apply
  6. Apply to RDA Murray within 14 days of receiving your invitation to apply


How to Register Your Interest in NSW Nomination

Simply complete the NSW online form during a 'submission window' to register you interest in NSW nomination. 

Please note this registration of interest process is not administered by RDA Murray.

Register your interest in NSW nomination


Submission Windows

Submission windows for the 2021-22 financial year are the months of August, October, January, and March. The next submission opens on Saturday 1 January 2022 and closes Monday 31 January 2022.

NSW will select and invite candidates to apply to a Regional Development Australia (RDA) office during a submission window and up to seven days after a submission window closes.

Nomination Criteria

There are three nomination streams this financial year:

  • Stream 1 — I am living and working in Regional NSW
  • Stream 2 — I have recently completed study in Regional NSW
  • Stream 3 — I am skilled in an occupation required in Regional NSW

Preference is given to migrants registering their interest under stream 1.

Further information about NSW nomination stream criteria

Applying for a 491 Visa Nomination

The process for the 491 Skilled Work Regional State nominated visa program has changed. Applicants must first Register their Interest and receive an invitation to apply to a NSW Region from the NSW Government before applying to RDA Murray.

The October 2021 window for submissions (Registering your Interest) for requests for an invitation to apply from the NSW Government is now closed. The next window for registering your interest will open from 1 January - 31 January 2022. See the steps below for details on this new process, particularly Steps 5 and 6.


Regional Development Australia (RDA) offices assist the NSW Government managing applications for NSW nominations for the subclass 491 visa.

Under this new arrangement, each RDA is responsible for setting their own eligible skilled occupations for nomination (within  guidelines) and accepting and assessing nomination applications.

Nomination Criteria for a 491 visa in NSW is consistent across all regions, however the application process, eligible skilled occupations, including any additional requirements for some occupations, may vary by region.

Please note that as a result of COVID-19 and significant reductions in Australia’s Migration Program Planning Levels, the chances of being nominated are currently low and you must meet the published nomination criteria to apply. This also means that applications cannot be made from overseas applicants.

Below is information regarding applying for sponsorship from the Murray region of NSW. We have developed 10 steps to make the process as clear as possible.

Step One – 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 - Skilled in an Occupation Required in Regional NSW

Full details on the eligibility criteria are available on our Eligibility for Nomination Criteria page.


Step Two – Check the occupation list

Check the occupation list that is applicable for the eligibility stream that you wish to apply under.

For Stream 1 Applicants

For Stream 1 (Living and Working in Regional NSW) you need to be working in an occupation or a closely related field on the combined occupation list from the NSW Government.

For Stream 2 and Stream 3 Applicants

If you wish to apply to the Murray region for Stream 2 (Recently Completed Study in Regional NSW) or Stream 3 (Skilled in an Occupation Required in Regional NSW), your occupation must be on the occupation list for the Murray region.

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 Murray 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.

Our occupation list is available here.


Step Three – Get to know the Murray 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 make a genuine effort to meet your visa conditions in the Murray region. We look forward to seeing you living and working here and making a positive contribution to our communities.

Therefore, it is important that you get to know the Murray region, and research whether the work and lifestyle opportunities it provides are suitable for you and any dependents you may have. We have collated a range of information about the region's location, postcodes and communities to help you get to know the Murray region to help you make this decision. Browse our website to find out more about working, finding a home, health, transport and education in the Murray region.


Step Four – Complete and EOI on Skill Select

To be able to receive an invitation to apply from the NSW Government, you must have an EOI number from Skill Select by the Department of Home Affairs.

You can find out more and apply for your EOI on their website.

The Department of Home Affairs does not provide notification of an EOI being lodged by a potential applicant. You must complete the additional steps below to be considered.


Step Five – Register your interest for NSW nomination

This is a new step in the process for applying for a nomination for a 491 Visa from the NSW Government.

To apply for a 491 Visa, you must be invited to apply by the NSW Government. To receive an invitation to apply, interested applicants must lodge their details through their online form.

Further information about how to register your interest with the NSW Government and the online form is available on their website. We also recommend reading through their frequently asked questions about the ROI process.

In the 2021-22 financial year, ROI rounds will be held:

  • 1st to 31st of August
  • 1st to 31st of October
  • 1st to 31st of January
  • 1st to 31st of March

Registrations of interest to the NSW Government must be submitted in the designated months, any submissions outside this time will not be considered, even if the form is available.

Please note that we are unable to assist applicants with this stage of the process, as it is managed by the NSW Government.

Any queries about this process or the online form should be directed to the NSW Government via the contact details on their website.


Step Six – Be invited to apply by the NSW Government

The NSW Government will select applicants from the pool that have applied for a ROI. Successful applicants will be notified within 7 days of the end of each round of ROIs.

If you have received an invitation to apply from the NSW Government - congratulations! You have 14 days to submit your application to one region that requires your skills.

If you want to apply to the Murray region, and you are applying under Stream 1 you can now proceed through steps 7 to 10 and submit a full application. If you are applying under Stream 2 or 3, you need to check if your occupation is on the occupation list for the Murray region before proceeding to steps 7 to 10.

If you are wanting to apply to another region, you must follow the instructions on the website of the RDA for that region.

Please note we are unable to provide you information about the status of your ROI application, as these are assessed by the NSW Government, not RDA-Murray. While we understand that some potential applicants are facing difficult circumstances, we are unable to accept any applications without an invitation to apply from the NSW Government.


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.

Further Information