Many categories of people can now apply for seeking permanent residency in Australia. Northern Territory is in favour of opening its door for skilled migrants belonging to 117 occupations. Moreover, it offers a path towards PR to the workers who agree to live and work in this region for three years.
Distributing the population of migrants outside major cities
Australia is pursuing a policy to allocate the population of migrants outside the major cities like Melbourne and Sydney. Moreover, it has an option of Designation Area Migration Agreements for attracting migrants to various regional areas spread out in the country.
This scheme is applicable to two regions:
• Warrnambool in Victoria
• Northern Territory
These areas experience heavy labour shortages and also need an increase in population.
The agreement for Northern Territory comes into effect from Jan 1st 2019.
The focus of Government
Mr David Coleman Immigration Minister said that DAMA II serves as a case of the Government focus on the migration program for benefiting specific locations. It is also working for improving the immigration program to match with the requirements of the country. For the Government, the top priority is to fill up jobs by employing Australians. Moreover, the immigration policies play a vital role to fill up skills gaps in regions. The Territory has also witnessed the gains of DAMA, to meet the shortages in the workforce.
This partnership with the Government of the Territory has the goal of supporting the skills requirements of the local business community. This is especially true when local workmen are not in a position to fill up these jobs. Both the Governments have a shortlist of 117 occupations covering jobs where employers will opt in recruiting skilled migrants when they are not in a position to fill up these jobs locally. Some of these occupations can also get a concession in the English language and also in the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold.
NT DAMA II Occupation List
Accountant (General), Accounts Clerk, Aero plane Pilot, Aged or Disabled Carer, Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics), Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical), Aquaculture Farmer, Arborist, Automotive Electrician, Baker, Bar Attendant Supervisor, Barista, Beauty Therapist, Beef Cattle Farmer, Bookkeeper, Bus Driver, Butcher or Small goods Maker, Cabinetmaker, Cabler (Data and Telecommunications), Cafe or Restaurant Manager, Carpenter, Chef, Chief Executive or Managing Director, Child Care Centre Manager, Child Care Worker, Civil Engineering Technician, Community Worker, Conference and Event Organizer, Cook, Cook (includes Ethnic Cuisine), Crowd Controller, Customer Service Manager, Deck Hand, Dental Assistant, Diesel Motor Mechanic, Disabilities Services Officer, Diver, Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher, Earth Science Technician, Earthmoving Plant Operator (General), Electrical Lines worker, Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General), Excavator Operator, Facilities Manager, Family Day Care Worker, Family Support Worker, Fitter (General), Fitter and Turner, Fitter-Welder, Floor Finisher, Flying Instructor, Forklift Driver, Fruit or Nut Grower, Gaming Worker, Hair or Beauty Salon Manager, Hairdresser, Hardware Technician, Hotel or Motel Manager, Hotel or Motel Receptionist, Hotel Service Manager, ICT Customer Support Officer, ICT Support Technicians nec, Interpreter, Landscape Gardener, Licensed Club Manager, Line marker, Management Accountant, Marketing Specialist, Metal Fabricator, Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer, Mixed Crop Farmer, Mixed Livestock Farmer, Motor Mechanic (General), Motor Vehicle or Caravan Salesperson, Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General), Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreter, Motorcycle Mechanic, Nursing Support Worker, Office Manager, Out of School Hours Care Worker, Panel beater, Personal Care Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Plumber (General), Pressure Welder, Program or Project Administrator, Property Manager, Recreation Officer, Residential Care Worker, Retail Manager (General), Retail Supervisor, Sales and Marketing Manager, Sheet metal Trades Worker, Ship's Engineer, Ship's Master, Small Engine Mechanic, Sound Technician, Supply and Distribution Manager, Taxation Accountant, Telecommunications Cable Jointer, Telecommunications Lines worker, Telecommunications Technician, Therapy Aide, Tour Guide, Truck Driver (General), Vegetable Grower, Vehicle Painter, Veterinary Nurse, Waiter Supervisor, Waste Water or Water Plant Operator, Web Administrator, Web Designer, Welder (First Class), Welfare Worker, Youth Worker.
Benefits of moving to the NT
Michael Gunner, Chief Minister, NT, said that by this pathway to PR in DAMA II, the skilled migrants can undertake to live in this region and also stay for a long time.
There is a Government priority in jobs for the people of the Territory, but access to employ and retain, professional skilled workers is a major demand of many employers. Moreover, there is a great demand for more workers. The Government was very keen to include the path to PR in the new agreement. It has the aim to increase the movement of skilled professionals, in a big way. This area is proud of the migration of foreign nationals who are a major contributor to social diversity, economic growth, and also in population growth. There will be better results because of this decision.