Why Orana

The Orana is a dynamic and diverse region; the largest in NSW. It covers about 25 per cent of the state’s landmass and is supported by the main industries of Agriculture, Resources and Services including health.

The Orana region offers many job opportunities. The main industries in employment terms are agriculture, mining, construction, health, education and retail.

If you want to take the next step in your career, explore a new pathway or start your own business, the region presents great opportunities. There are also many other exciting job prospects around these areas:

  • automotive and engineering trades
  • professionals including design, engineering, science and transport
  • sales workers
  • electro-technology and telecommunications trades
  • labourers including construction and farm workers
  • health
  • hospitality
  • road and rail drivers

489 Process

How to apply

First, make sure you meet all the necessary criteria set by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

If you meet these criteria please progress to the next step.

  1. You must be under 45 years of age.
  2. You must have a competent level of English.
  3. You must have a suitable skills assessment assessed by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated occupation from the relevant skilled occupation list.
  4. You must have scored a minimum of 65 points on the Department’s points test. Regional sponsorship also includes a points test. Please be prepared to send relevant documentation to demonstrate your score.
  5. You and your family must satisfy the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s health requirements.
  6. You must meet certain character requirements.

What next?

Send us your results

Whether you are successful or not, please forward us your letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection which advises you of the result. Please email your visa grant notice in PDF format to migration@rdaorana.org.au.

If you have applied on shore, you will be expected to move to a specified regional area within 3 months. If you have applied off shore your visa grant letter will provide information on your expected entry date.


Finding work and accommodation

While the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) is designed to fill skills shortages in the region, state sponsorship 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.

Arriving in the Orana

We expect you to move to the Orana region and seek employment here. Please email migration@rdaorana.org.au with the subject ‘arrival’ followed by your RDA reference number, to advise us of your arrival.

Please ensure you have forwarded a copy of your visa grant notice in PDF format to us.

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 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 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.


The following is a guide to finding a job in the Orana:

  1. Get to know your area – just by taking a stroll around the CBD, you will be able to familiarise yourself with the local layout and the types of businesses that populate the area. There might be a lot of cafes, pubs or other retail outlets. This will also give you an idea of what kinds of jobs are on offer and if you will need to brush up on training in order to gain employment.
  2. Match your skillset – do your skills make those required in order to successfully secure a position? Make a note of areas where you would be able to slot into a business or where you could improve.
  3. Make yourself a sellable product – is your appearance clean and tidy, is your resume and qualifications up to date and do you have current references for potential employers to contact? You will be more appealing as an employee if you are friendly and presentable, and have accurate contact details.
  4. Check in with businesses – when you visit a business, check if the retailer is not too busy serving customers, then you can politely enquire about potential employment opportunities. If they don’t have any vacancies, maybe they know someone who does.
  5. Word of mouth – Jobs are not always advertised in the media; often it is by word of mouth or a sign in the window. Be prepared to be open-minded to following these options.
  6. Be prepared – There will always be places that are looking for employees but they are too busy to actively seek out staff, but are in need of assistance. Make sure you are open to this opportunity.and often employers appreciate someone who shows some initiative.
  7. Join social networks – Sometimes, jobs are promoted via business circles such as LinkedIn or through the local Business Chamber. Develop a profile and make yourself known to business channels or networks.
  8. Jobs board – does your adopted town have a board where employment opportunities are offered? It’s a good idea to keep an eye on these, possibly even creating a post with your own details.
  9. Adapt your resume – Whatever position you apply for, make sure your resume reflects the particular details of that job. If the position is a barista, be sure to outline any cafe and catering experience you have had.
  10. Look online – there are numerous websites geared to finding a job. Put in your search terms and go from there. The following links are a starting point when seeking a job in our region:
    1. www.seek.com.au
    2. http://au.jora.com/au
    3. https://au.indeed.com/
    4. http://www.linkedin.com/

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