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Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

For skilled migrants

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) provides a permanent visa pathway for skilled migrants looking to work in a regional or low population growth area of Australia. The visa allows employers in these areas to sponsor migrants to fill skilled vacancies in their business which cannot be filled locally.

The RSMS provides a number of benefits for skilled migrants looking to make the move to regional Victoria. It allows the visa holder and any dependent family members included in the visa application to live as permanent residents in Australia. 

Permanent residents can:

  • live and work in Australia on a permanent basis
  • study in Australia at school or university
  • receive subsidised healthcare through Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme 
  • access certain social security payments (subject to waiting periods)
  • be eligible for Australian citizenship (subject to the residency eligibility criteria) 
  • sponsor people for permanent residence.

For employers

The RSMS provides a number of benefits for employers looking to fill skill needs that cannot be met locally with skilled migrants.  The only obligation for employers in sponsoring a skilled migrant is the offer of a full time job for a minimum of two years. This compares favourably with other obligations faced in sponsorship through other visa mechanisms.

See the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme page in the Employing Overseas Talent section for more information.