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An additional 36 occupations available to overseas workers in the Northern Territory

There is no doubt that last year both Migration Agents and businesses has been struggling to fill in skill shortage due to the changes of visa programs and legislation. Therefore, the government has developed a Designated Area Agreement is to enhance the workforce strategies of states, territories and regions and to support their economic performances.


The second Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA II) between the Northern Territory (NT) Government and the Federal Government identifies 117 shortage occupations where skilled migrants can be recruited if there is no Australian citizen or permanent resident to fill in the position.


Importantly, DAMA II visa holders can now apply for permanent residency after working in the Territory for at least three years.


The addition of the pathway to permanent residency in DAMA II gave skilled migrants a big incentive to move to the NT and stay long-term, NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner stated.


Federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said, “The Government is working to improve our immigration program to better match the needs of our states, territories and regional areas,”  “Our first priority is always to fill jobs with Australians, but the immigration system can play an important role in helping to address regional skills gaps.”


Contact our team today to explore your visa options!


Source: Media release with the Hon Michael Gunner MLA, NT Chief Minister