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Recently, Australian government is working hard to support the growth of population of regional areas. New Australian immigration policies will place more emphasis on filling the skill needs of regional Australia as well as increasing population in such areas.
Accordingly, NT (Northern Territory) DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement) has been announced in early this year, and NT employers are now be able to sponsor overseas workers for the job positions which had been hard to fill with local workers.
Previously explained, DAMA utilises the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482). With DAMA, Employers (or Businesses) located in specified areas will enter into a direct labour agreement with Australian Government and therefore can negotiate specific requirements which are not available to normal TSS visa.
Today, Morrison government announced that new DAMAs have been signed for South Australia and Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Details announced are as below:
1) The Regional South Australia DAMA, for a 5- year period, covers 114 occupations. This DAMA will focus on the SA’s regional industries including agriculture, forestry, hospitality, tourism, health and construction.
2) The new Kalgoorlie-Boulder DAMA covers 73 occupations and targets mining, engineering, constructions, childcare and health businesses to fill critical employments gaps.
Opartners will update as soon as possible further details on the new DAMAs as it is announced.
Please feel free to contact Opartners anytime, if you are interested or have more queries regarding DAMA.
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