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

Applications are temporarily closed until further notice.

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.

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Applications are temporarily closed until further notice.

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