The Australia Govt. has announced a new special visa agreement to attract immigrants to the regional areas. This move is a bid to redistribute the immigrant population outside the major cities of Australia.
David Coleman, Immigration Minister, recently announced two new special visa agreements. These agreements would create a pathway to Australian PR for migrant workers who are willing to live in the regional areas.
This new scheme is known as the Designated Areas Migration Agreements. It has been announced for Northern Territory and the Warrnambool region in Victoria. These areas are in the need of a population boost and are currently struggling with a labour shortage.
Employers in NT and the Great South Coast Region in Victoria will be able to bring in workers under the Subclass 482 Visa. The Subclass 482 Visa is the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa. The new scheme will also offer Permanent Residency to these foreign workers.
The DAMAs will allow employers in regional areas to sponsor workers for occupations which are not available under standard visa arrangements. The workers will also receive concession in the English language requirement and the level of salary. The DAMAs will also create a route to Australian PR.
The Great South Coast Region of Australia was the first in the country to sign the agreement. Northern Territory would sign the new special visa agreement next week.
Nigel Scullion, NT CLP Senator, said that NT needed more workers across a number of occupations. The DAMA will assists employers in the region who are struggling to meet labour demands domestically, as per SBS.
The DAMA will assist hospitality, agriculture, and other businesses in the Great South Coast in Victoria. It will help fill the employment gaps by providing these employers access to a wide range of foreign workers. These workers may not be available under standard migration schemes.
Tony Herbert, Mayor of Warrnambool, says that the offer of PR would make this an attractive proposition for foreign workers. This would also help in the population growth of the region.
Mr. Coleman said that the govt. is committed to improving the immigration program to meet the specific needs of the regional areas. These special visa agreements would be able to provide the skills needed in regional areas where local workers are not available.
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