Frequently Asked Questions (489)

RDA Orana region covers a significant area of NSW and is the largest single region in the state. Orana region includes thirteen (13) Local Government Areas: Dubbo, Wellington, Narromine, Gilgandra, Mid-Western Regional (towns of Mudgee, Gulgong), Warrumbungle (Coonabarabran, Coolah and Dunedoo), Coonamble, Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, Cobar, Bogan (Nyngan) and Warren.

Dubbo is the major town with a population of over 40,000 and a diverse range of industry and services. The second largest town is Mudgee in the Mid-Western Regional Council area.

In regards to the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489), your nominated occupation must be on the Orana Skilled Occupation List. Off-list nominations are not available at this time.

Unfortunately the Orana Skilled Occupation List is likely to change without notice. This is out of our control.

Two key factors may influence a change to the Orana Skilled Occupation List.

The first is internal to Regional Development Australia Orana. We regularly research workforce needs in the Orana region. The Skills in Demand list will be updated as needed, in line with any changes to regional skills needs.

The second is external to our organisation. Regional Development Australia Orana must comply with any caps or suspensions issued by either the NSW or Australian governments.

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 migration@rdaorana.org.au 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. You will not be issued a release letter unless you provide a reason in 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.

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Please apply as per the instructions listed here.

Regional Development Australia Orana does not grant visas. If your nomination for state sponsorship through RDA Orana is successful you will be invited by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to apply for a visa.

If you have questions about the visa application process please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

You can find their visa processing times service standards here.

We do not prioritise applications. We do this to ensure we are treating each application fairly.

We are unable to provide advice on visa issues. If you need further advice please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or your migration agent.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has advised that once you have been granted your 489 Visa on-shore applicants for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) should relocate to a regional area within 3 months.

RDA Orana expects all its Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) nominees to relocate to the region as soon as practical (within approximately 3 months) after being granted their visa.

If requested, a nominee who fails to commence living in a regional area immediately after being granted the 489 visa 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).