Regional Certifying Body (SESR subclass 494)

Q1: How do I sponsor someone?
Go to the Department of Home Affairs website or contact Home Affairs on 131 881 to find out what sponsorship option best suits your business.

Q2: Why do I need RCB advice?

The RCB’s role is to provide advice to Home Affairs on the SESR - ES applications, using local area knowledge to advise on whether the nominee for the position will be paid at least the Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) for the occupation.

ES stream nominations must be accompanied by advice from an RCB; however, this advice can be provided before or after lodgment of the ES stream nomination application with Home Affairs.

Download Regional Certifying Body Advice Form here.

Q3: What do I need to provide to get RCB advice?
Please view the RCB SESR 494 Visa Checklist available here.

Q4: Can I email the application?
Yes, this is our preferred option. Please email to [email protected]

Q5: How much does this cost?

Business Chamber Queensland Members: $446.88 (incl. GST) - 35% member discount

Business Chamber Queensland Non-Members: $687.50 (incl. GST)

The processing fees are non-refundable regardless of the outcome.

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations are to be made in writing, within 24 hours from initial RCB advice request.


Q6: What is the validity of the RCB Advice?

Business Chamber Queensland RCB Advice is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.

Q7: How do I know if my post code is deemed “regional”?

Please refer to the list available here.

Q8: How long does RCB advice take to obtain?

Ensuring all relevant documents are included in the application, between 5-10 working days. If the RCB requires further supporting documents we will let you know.

Failure to provide further supporting documents within 25 days of receipt of the RCB application will result in assessment being made “as is” and forwarded to Home Affairs.

Q9. How do I know if my sponsored position is on a skills list?

Refer to the Department of Home Affairs website

Q10: What is the best way to contact the Business Chamber Queensland RCB team for advice?

Please contact us via email: [email protected] or contact the individual RCB.

Acknowledgement of Country

Business Chamber Queensland respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians of the lands from across Queensland and the Torres Strait. We acknowledge the Jagera and Turrbal people as the Traditional Custodians of Meanjin (Brisbane), the lands where our office is located and the place we meet, work and learn. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.