Orana, the central northern region of New South Wales has entered into an agreement to streamline migration and boost economy. Friday the Federal Government and Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana announced the DAMA agreement to attract skilled workers into the region. The Orana DAMA aims to help regional industries including agriculture, health, hospitality, and construction. To tackle the critical shortage of skilled workers RDA Orana has been discussing with the federal government since last few years and lodged a proposal for the DAMA agreement in December 2018. The agreement will enable the region to bring semi-skilled labor for occupations that are unrecognized in the Australian Skill Shortage lists.
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Chairman of RDA Orana, John Walkom stated the agreement was a fantastic outcome and it not only aims to tackle current skills shortage but also provides an alternative pathway to permanent residency migrants, ensuring the region continues to prosper well into the future.
The NSW region is on the tip of an unprecedented boom, with pipelined $7.9 billion projects, that includes mining, infrastructure, renewable energy, manufacturing, and health sector for the next 5 years. RDA Orana has identified these projects will create over 5000 jobs in the region with a record low unemployment rate of 2.8 percent. During Inland Growth Summit in January, the region recognized regional migration as an essential factor for future growth.
Besides RDA Orana, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Victoria’s Great South Coast also has a similar agreement with the federal government.
The Orana DAMA available areas
Newly announced the Orana DAMA will cover Dubbo Regional Council, Mid-Western Regional Council as well as Local Government Areas of Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Narromine, Walgett, Warren, and Warrumbungle.
Occupation list for the Orana DAMA not yet published. Applications under the Orana DAMA are yet to be open, notice on the RDA Orana states it will start from the new financial year.