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Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (Subclass 187)

The Cairns Chamber of Commerce is a Regional Certifying Body providing Regional Migration Services to members and the general public.

What is Regional Migration Certification?

As a Regional Certifying Body for Queensland, it is our role to assess applications lodged under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) and provide advice to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIABP).

Why the Cairns Chamber?

The Cairns Chamber of Commerce is best positioned to regularly interact with the local business community and be in the know about regional issues and local labour market conditions. As a result, the Cairns Chamber of Commerce was gazetted by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship as a Regional Certifying Body on 5 February 1997.

What are the Criteria?

The Cairns Chamber' Regional Certifying Body (RCB) Migration Coordinator is responsible for assessing nominations to fill a position under the RSMS, against the following criteria:

  • There is a genuine need for the nominator to employ a paid employee to work in the position under the nominator's direct control;
  • The terms and conditions of employment applicable to the position will be no less favourable than the terms and conditions that are provided to, or would be provided to, an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident for performing work in the person's workplace at the same location; and
  • The position can't be filled by an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident who is living in the same local area where the nominated position exists.

What else do I need to know?

All Direct Entry Stream RSMS Applications are required to be assessed by a local Regional Certifying Body as well as being lodged with DIABP.

  • For up-to-date information on the RSMS Program requirements, please visit the DIABP Website.
  • For visa and migration assistance, please contact a local Migration Agent.

Certification Fees and Terms of Service

RSMS applications will be processed within 5 business days from date of submission providing all required information is included. Upfront payment is required and RSMS applications will not be assessed without receipted payment. Payment may be made via MasterCard, Visa, Cheque or Money order.

  • Service - Assessment of RSMS Employer Nominations
  • Fee - Members of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce: $522.50 (incl GST) per application
  • Fee - Non-Members of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce: $550 (incl GST) per application

The Cairns Chamber of Commerce will consider RSMS applications from Cardwell north to the Torres Straits and west to the Northern Territory Border within Queensland. Our geographical area includes the Tablelands, Cassowary Coast and Cairns regions.