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Employers in regional Victoria can use the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme to fill skill shortages.

If you’re an employer in a regional, remote or low population growth area of Victoria, the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) lets you sponsor overseas skilled workers for permanent residence to fill skill shortages in your business.

In Victoria, this visa covers all areas of the State except Melbourne - see the list of eligible postcodes for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187).

Regional Certifying Bodies

Regional Certifying Bodies are organisations approved (gazetted) by the Commonwealth Government to have a role in assessing Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) applications. Regional Certifying Bodies are required to assess employer nominations under the Direct Entry Stream of the subclass 187 visa and provide advice to the Department of Home Affairs. They assess as to whether:

  • there is a genuine need for the position
  • the position cannot be filled locally
  • the terms and conditions of employment are equivalent to those paid to an Australian in the same workplace.

Regional Certifying Bodies make no final decisions and do not approve or refuse visas.

Regional Certifying Body Offices in Victoria

Regional Certifying Body
Local Government Areas
Contact Details
Loddon Mallee
DJPR- Bendigo VGBO
Gannawarra, Loddon, Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander, Central Goldfields, Campaspe, Macedon Ranges

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Level 1, 56-60 King Street
Bendigo, Vic 3550
T: 03 4433 8003

DJPR- Traralgon VGBO
Baw Baw, Bass Strait, South Gippsland, Latrobe, Wellington, East Gippsland, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Ranges
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
33 Breed Street
Traralgon, Vic 3844
T: 03 5116 7317
DJPR- Shepparton VGBO
Greater Shepparton, Moira, Mitchell, Strathbogie, Murrindindi Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
PO Box 1389
Shepparton, Vic 3632
T: 03 5895 4100
Geelong and surrounds
City of Greater Geelong
Surf Coast, Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe City of Greater Geelong
PO Box 104
Geelong, Vic 3220
City of Ballarat
Pyrenees, Moorabool, Hepburn, Ballarat, Golden Plains City of Ballarat
Cultural Diversity Unit
PO Box 655
Ballarat, Vic 3353
T: 03 5320 5180
Hume - Wangaratta
Rural City of Wangaratta
Benalla, Mansfield, Wangaratta, Alpine Rural City of Wangaratta
Workforce Sustainability Officer
Wangaratta Government Centre
62-68 Ovens Street
Wangaratta, Vic 3677
T:  03 5722 0888
Hume - Wodonga
Rural City of Wangaratta
Wodonga, Indigo, Towong as above
Mildura Swan Hill Rural City Council Mildura Swan Hill Rural City Council
Economic Development Unit
PO Box 488
Swan Hill, Vic 3585
T:03 5032 3033
Swan Hill Swan Hill Rural City Council Swan Hill as above
Great South Coast Warrnambool City Council Warrnambool, Glenelg, Southern Grampians, Moyne, Corangamite, Colac-Otway Warrnambool City Council
Manager – Business Support
PO Box 198
Warrnambool, Vic 3280
T: 03 5559 4800
Wimmera Wimmera Development Association West Wimmera, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Yarriamback, Buloke, Northern Grampians, Ararat Wimmera Development Association
62 Darlot Street
Horsham, Vic 3400
T: 03 5381 6500


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