Regional Queensland has top demand for skilled and semi-skilled foreign workers in 70 occupations covering a broad range. This includes restaurant supervisors, farm inspectors, mechanics, cooks, and childcare workers. For the first year, there are 200 places available
Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement running for five years began on September 12, 2019, and is presently open to businesses and employers for sponsoring skilled aspirants through the Cairns Chamber of Commerce. The areas are the Tablelands, Cassowary Coast, Mareeba, Douglas Shire and Cairns.
The FNQ DAMA proposes to use the labor agreement stream belonging to the Temporary Skill Shortage visa of subclass 482.
Businesses that have the approval for the Labor Agreement with the Home Affairs Department can nominate foreign workers in the TSS subclass 482 visa. It also serves as a visa program sponsored by employers and individual workmen cannot independently apply for it. Employers first need the endorsement of the Designated Area Representative prior to submitting the request, for DAMA Labor Agreement, to the Home Affairs Department. The Government had recently proposed the special immigration scheme, for Australian regions, that experience, an acute labor shortage, and are in need of a boost in population.
The DAMAs provide access to local businesses to hire overseas workers in a better way than the skilled immigration programs. Under the framework, employers based in designated regions can sponsor overseas skilled/semi-skilled workers.
There is no provision for Individuals to directly access the DAMA and they need sponsoring through an employer who operates in the designated region, especially for a job specified in the main agreement.
Additionally, currently, there are seven DAMAs in Australia that include The Goldfields in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Orana in New South Wales, Great South Coast, Victoria, Adelaide City and finally the Regional South Australia.
David Coleman, the Immigration Minister said the FNQ DAMA provided an ideal solution to business establishments, in filling skills gaps that local workers are unable to fill. Also the reason to continue work in regions of the country is to ensure that they can boost the local economy, after receiving help from the immigration system. There were 60,000 jobs left vacant because Australian workers cannot fill them.
These DAMAs assist many industries like tourism, agriculture, hospitality, shipping and health helping in boosting economic growth. The initiative will help in filling the employment gap in many sectors.
The Cairns Chamber of Commerce will overlook the process of application. The government is a huge supporter of jobs for locals but there are a lot of businesses that face a difficulty in hiring/retaining accomplished workers. The cap of 200 applications in the first year is anticipated to be reached easily.
The new DAMA will herald many opportunities for immigrants who agree to move out of major cities and opt to live in regional areas. The pub and restaurant owners are interested to employ Indian cooks and chefs in the region. The new DAMA permits these businesses to hire many experienced workers.
The employers advertise and attract expression of interest for working in these areas. Through such agreements businesses can get the skilled workers to work in the region and the visa offers a chance to get permanent residency also. In this DAMA, there are special concessions regarding the requirements in English and work experience for specific skilled workers. Successful applicants will be eligible to get permanent residency after they work in the area for three years.
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