Earlier this month the Northern Territory’s new Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) came into effect, significantly lowering the requirements for low skilled migrants looking to apply for permanent residency.
The Department of Immigration has published a skilled occupation list for individuals who wish to take part in the program, which offers a pathway to permanent residency for workers who remain in the NT for at least three years.
The agreement was made part of a broader strategy by the government to help re-distribute Australia’s migrant population outside of major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. The DAMA will apply to 117 different occupations, and is intended to attract migrants to regional areas.
Many of the occupations on the DAMA skilled occupation list are also eligible for concessions to the English language and Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) requirements usually associated with Australia’s skilled migration program.
The following 117 occupations have been shortlisted by the Department of Immigration as suffering skill shortages:
Aged or Disabled Carer
Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator
Air conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
Bar Attendant Supervisor
Beef Cattle Farmer
Butcher or Smallgoods Maker
Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)
Cafe or Restaurant Manager
Chief Executive or Managing Director
Child Care Centre Manager
Child Care Worker
Civil Engineering Technician
Conference and Event Organiser
Cook (includes Ethnic Cuisine)
Customer Service ManagerDeck Hand
Diesel Motor Mechanic
Disabilities Services Officer
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher
Earth Science Technician
Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)
Excavator OperatorFacilities Manager
Family Day Care Worker
Family Support Worker
Fitter and Turner
Fruit or Nut Grower
Hair or Beauty Salon Manager
Hotel or Motel Manager
Hotel or Motel Receptionist
Hotel Service Manager
ICT Customer Support OfficerICT Support Technicians nec
Licensed Club Manager
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
Mixed Crop Farmer
Mixed Livestock Farmer
Motor Mechanic (General)
Motor Vehicle or CaravanSalesperson
Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General)
Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreter
Nursing Support Worker
Out of School Hours Care WorkerPanelbeater
Personal Care Assistant
Program or Project Administrator
Residential Care Worker
Retail Manager (General)
Sales and Marketing Manager
Sheetmetal Trades Worker
Small Engine Mechanic
Supply and Distribution Manager
Telecommunications Cable Jointer
Truck Driver (General)
Waste Water or Water Plant Operator
Welder (First Class)
The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman, lauded the new program, saying that it will benefit employers in rural areas.
“The Government is working to improve our immigration program to better match the needs of our states, territories and regional areas. Our first priority is always to fill jobs with Australians, but the immigration system can play an important role in helping to address regional skills gaps,” Coleman said.
“The NT has seen first-hand the benefits of using a DAMA to respond to their unique workforce shortages.
“I am pleased that we can continue to partner with the NT Government to support the skills needs of local businesses where Australian workers are not available to fill those jobs,” he said.
The NT Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, also praised the DAMA’s launch, saying that the offer of permanent residency would be a powerful incentive for migrants to settle in the state.
“The Territory Labor Government’s number one priority is jobs for Territorians but we know access to, and retention of, a suitably skilled workforce is a key issue for many employers and there is a need for additional workers,” Gunner said.
“We also know that more people moving to the Territory equals more jobs. The Territory Labor Government fought hard for the inclusion of the pathway to permanent residency in this new five-year agreement, which we expect to significantly increase the number of skilled migrants moving to the Territory.
“The NT has a long and proud history of migration of overseas nationals and they have been a key contributor to economic growth, population growth and social diversity. This new agreement will help that continue,” he said.
The CEO of Absolute Immigration, Jamie Lingham, lauded the migration agreement’s introduction, saying that, “we welcome the new DAMA and the level of flexibility that it affords to both employers and migrants looking to settle in rural and remote locations.”
”This should be a blueprint for further agreements to attract and retain workers through targeted migration, as opposed to the current program of human accumulation,” Lingham said.
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