19.4 Million in funding to assist attracting skilled migrants to regional areas
Last Friday, 8 February 2019, a media statement was issued, announcing that the Government will provide $19.4 million in funding over the next four years to assist regional areas to attract skilled migrants.
The funding will be used to:
- assist regional employers and skilled migrants wanting to live and work in regional areas by providing access to priority processing of visas applications.
- deploy officials from the Department of Home in regional communities to work directly with employers and communities experiencing critical skills shortages.
Regional employers and skilled migrants wanting to live and work in regional areas will be given access to priority processing on visa applications.
The Minister also confirmed that the Government is significantly expanding DAMA program (Designated Area Migration Agreement). A number of regions are exploring the possibility of entering into DAMAs, in addition to the currently signed Northern Territory DAMA II and the agreed Warrnambool LGA Great South Coast Agreement. Moves by the Federal Government to cancel the visas of those visa holders who do not remain working in the DAMA area for which their visas were approved.