Why Skilled Migrants Are Critical To The Local Workforce

Skilled migrants are a steadily growing force in the Australian economy. With many industries experiencing critical skill and labour shortages across Australia, temporary skilled migrants have become central to supporting and supplementing the local workforce. The Orana DAMA is helping to open the doors for migrant workers within the Orana region to meet the local labour market needs.

What Is Orana DAMA?

The Orana Designated Area Migration Agreement, or Orana DAMA, is a five-year, employer-sponsored visa program agreement between the Regional Development Australia Orana (RDA Orana) region and the Australian Government. It gives local employers a way to bring onboard overseas workers who are highly skilled in specified industries.

The Orana DAMA isn’t about promoting migrant employment instead of local employment. In fact, the RDA Orana strongly encourages employers to offer positions to Australians first wherever possible. The Orana DAMA is simply there to supplement the local workforce in response to the skills shortages in the area.

While there are other paths available to address these skill shortages, such as training and education programs, these options are often nowhere near fast enough. One of the key benefits of having a strong temporary skilled migrant program within Australia is how quickly and efficiently we can respond to these labour and skill shortages.

It can take Australians years to achieve the same qualifications that overseas workers already hold. In the meantime, temporary skilled workers can offer high-quality and highly relevant expertise immediately. The Orana DAMA allows local employers to employ skilled migrants where needed, bringing valuable skillsets and unique perspectives to the workforce.

How It Works

The Orana DAMA is solely an employer-sponsored visa program. This means that overseas professionals can’t apply for a visa themselves on an individual basis.

Businesses that are endorsed by RDA Orana can apply for a labour agreement with the Department of Home Affairs. If this application is approved, they can then nominate the position that they need to be filled. At this point, overseas workers can apply for the nominated role and, if they are selected, will receive a TSS Subclass 482 or ENS Subclass 186 visa.

Is Your Business Eligible?

This program is only available to businesses that largely operate within the Orana region. To be eligible, your business must:

  • Be a registered Australian entity.
  • Have been operating for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Show proof that it is able to employ temporary skilled migrants for the full length of the visa.
  • Have had no significant issues regarding workplace legislation in the past.
  • Be filling positions listed in the DAMA occupation list.

There is a broad range of occupations included alongside various concessions in an effort to make this program as effective as possible. The number of positions you can nominate will vary depending on the size of your business and the occupations in question. For a complete, step-by-step guide taking through the application process, click here.

Occupations Included In The Orana DAMA

Currently, there are a huge variety of occupations included in the Orana DAMA. These span across multiple industries specific to the Orana region, such as mining, agriculture, and health. To see the full occupations list, click here.

There is no doubt that temporary skilled migrants have a positive impact on not just our workforces, but our job market, economy, and communities. Through the Orana DAMA, they will be able to give our struggling industries the high-quality skills and expertise needed to not only fill labour shortages but thrive and compete on a global scale.

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