A new scheme to distribute the migrant population from major cities in Australia such as Sydney and Melbourne to regional areas across the country has been announced by the Australian government.
This new scheme listed 117 occupations that skilled migrants can opt- to work and lift in the Northern Territories for at least three years that will later offer the pathway to Permanent Residency in Australia.
These 117 occupations range from cooks to motor mechanics to family day care workers who will now be eligible to apply for Australian permanent residency, SBS Punjabi reported.
The scheme is known as Designation Asea Migration Agreements (DAMA)s that have been announced for two regions in Australia- Warrnambool region of Victoria and the Northern Territory, both of which have witnessed labour shortages lately and are in need for a population boost.
The second-such agreement for Northern Territory, DAMA II came into effect from January 1, 2019, with the pathway to permanent residency.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman said DAMA II is an example of Government using Australia’s migration program for the benefit of specific locations, SBS Punjabi reported.
“The Government is working to improve our immigration program to better match the needs of our territories, state and regional areas,” Mr Coleman said.
"Our priority is always to fill jobs with Australians, but the immigration system can play an important role in helping address regional skill gaps. The NT has seen first hand the benefits of using a DAMA to respond to its scarcity of unique workforce.
"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.
"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 added.
117 occupations have been listed by the NT and the Federal Government that ranges from accountants to childcare workers, to chefs, web designers where employers can recruit skilled migrants where they are unable to hire someone locally.
Over the next five years, low skilled migrants with limited English will have the option to apply for permanent residency after living and working in the Northern Territory for at least three years.
Many occupations on the list are eligible for English language concession and a Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) concession. Check if your occupation is on the list, here.
NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the addition of the pathway to permanent residency in DAMA II gave skilled migrants a big incentive to move to the NT and stay long-term.
"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, Mr Gunner said.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner (Image: SBS Punjabi)
"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."
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Airconditioning 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 Manager
Diesel Motor Mechanic
Disabilities Services Officer
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher
Earth Science Technician
Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)
Family Day Care Worker
Family Support Worker
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Fruit or Nut Grower
Hair or Beauty Salon Manager
Hotel or Motel Manager
Hotel or Motel Receptionist
Hotel Service Manager
ICT Customer Support Officer
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Licensed Club Manager
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Mixed Crop Farmer
Mixed Livestock Farmer
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Motor Vehicle or Caravan Salesperson
Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General)
Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreter
Nursing Support Worker
Out of School Hours Care Worker
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
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