Arriving In The Orana (489)

Congratulations on being granted your Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489). We look forward to your arrival in the region. Please carefully read the information below before making an appointment to see us.

1. Send us your results

Please send a copy of your visa grant letter to in PDF format.

RDA Orana expects all its Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) nominees to relocate to the region as soon as practical after being granted the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) (within approximately 3 months). Reasonable consideration would usually be given to circumstances where the nominee needs some time to wrap up binding commitments like a rental agreement or existing employment.

If requested by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, a nominee who fails to commence living in a regional area immediately after being granted the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) must be able to provide evidence to justify the delay. Failure to provide such evidence may result in a finding that the nominee has breached the condition of their Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

2. Search for work and accommodation

The Orana region covers approximately 25 per cent of the state. It is a large and diverse region with many employment opportunities. Please click here to learn more about the region.

While the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) is designed to fill skills shortages in the region, it is not a guarantee of employment. It is up to the individual applicant to search for and secure employment and accommodation. You can view our job resources here.

Should your real estate agent require any supporting evidence, please email and we can provide a letter with details of your visa category.

3. Arrive in the Orana

On your permanent arrival in Dubbo, we would ask that you email us at and advise your date of arrival and your new permanent address.

We will then forward you some information that you may find useful when settling into our Region.

You must keep us and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection updated with any address changes. To update your address with us please email us at To update the Department of Immigration and Border Protection please complete and send this form to them: Change Address with Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

4. Release letters

If you, at any stage, find work in another specified regional area, please notify us via email so that we can provide you with a letter of release to live and work in another region. Please email with the subject line 'release letter request' followed by your RDA reference number (eg. Release letter request 13001) and provide details on why you wish to live and work in another region. A release letter will not be granted unless you have provided a reason for your request. You will need to give details of what attempts you have made to live and work in the Orana Region as per your signed commitment letter provided with your application.