State government re-opens Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

The State government has re-opened the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme for non-metropolitan regions (excluding Perth) and will begin processing applications for the RSMS and State Nominated Migration Program that were received prior to the suspension of the program announced on March 13. In addition, the Government has re-opened the SNMP with an interim list of occupations on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List targeting those occupations which are of a specialised nature and have compelling evidence of unmet demand at a State level.

The Government has asked the Department of Training and Workforce Development to consult with industry to develop a new list. This is expected to be complete and operational in late May.

On his first day in office Premier Mark McGowan wrote to the Prime Minister to request that Perth be removed from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. The Premier also reaffirmed his commitment to develop a new WASMOL in consultation with industry.

While the State Government continues to work with the Commonwealth Government to formally remove Perth as a region in the RSMS, the scheme will reopen immediately for all non-metropolitan regions.  This will enable regional employers to secure skilled overseas workers but only when they have demonstrated that they have tested the local labour market and are unable to fill the position.

All applications for the skilled migration programs that were received before temporary suspension of the programs on Monday 13 March will be processed according to the criteria that were in place prior to this date.  For those intending migrants who were invited to apply for State Nomination under the State Nominated Migration Program, their invitations will be honoured and their applications processed.   All applications for the RSMS program prior to the temporary suspension will also be processed according to the criteria in place for this program.

It is expected that these applications can be processed within the normal timeframes for the SNMP and RSMS programs so that applicants will not be disadvantaged by the temporary suspension that was put in place following the State Election.

Further information is available on the Migration Portal at

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