Victoria State Adopts a New Approach to Tackle Labor Shortages

June 12, 2019
The Designated Area Migration Agreement in the Great South Coast region of Victoria - that is an important new program, for tackling labor shortages, was launched officially in Warrnambool. It provides a huge opportunity for endorsement to the regional employers for hiring foreign workers. The hiring will cater to meet the requirement for roles which the Australian residents cannot fill.

Victoria State Adopts a New Approach to Tackle Labor Shortages

A positive aim in this Agreement

The DAMA is a Government initiative and the Great South Coast DAMA is the first for the state of Victoria. Moreover, it is the first to have the backing of a Local Government. Dan Tehan, Member for Wannon, stated that the DAMA has an aim to support local businesses and also help them to fill up major roles. For several years, many employers were struggling in recruiting people across the industries.  The business community will get the reassurance that every effort will be made to fill up the vacancies by employing the local persons before utilizing this DAMA. This is a specific and special program, and the incoming workers through it are not a replacement of the local workers. Finally, they fill the gaps in the labor market which hold the businesses back.

A good beginning 

The specific aim of DAMA is to add productivity and competitiveness in the businesses of the Great South Coast.  It also addresses the skills requirements of regional Australia.  This is Governmental support for the overall growth of the region. It matches the migration program with the labor market needs in regional Australia.

Recently the DAMAs were implemented in a number of regions like Kalgoorlie, Orana, and Far North Queensland, to ensure support to the regional economies.  Totally, 27 occupations are eligible for considering in this program across many industries.
The DAMA provides extra concessions to the visa workers and also offers a potential PR pathway to the employees.  Initially, it will appoint nearly 100 employees in the first year. Besides, there are checks and balances for ensuring that there is the right outcome in the program.

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