Migrant workers keen to move to regional areas in Australia will avail benefits of two new visa agreements. The agreements will offer them with a Permanent Residency pathway. This was announced by Australia Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister David Coleman recently.
Earlier, the administration initiated plan to include two regions in Australia – Northern Territory and Warrnambool region in Victoria under DAMA (Designation Area Migration Agreements). Both these regions were experiencing labour shortages with strong need felt to boost their population.
To understand specifics of the 5-year agreement with the Commonwealth, Australian employers in Northern Territory and Great South Coast region in Victoria will be allowed to bring skilled workers under Temporary Skill Shortage visa - Subclass 482. In fact, it will also offer Permanent Residency pathways for these visa holders, according to a source.
With GSC region in Victoria termed to be first in the country to enter into this agreement, the NT government is expected to sign a new 5-year agreement soon, days before the first DAMA expiration on December 31.
On the other hand, Coleman said that the Government is committed to support skills needs of Regional Australia where Australian workers are not available to fill those jobs, adding the administration is working to improve the country’s immigration program.
As the proposed agreement program leads to possible Permanent Residency, many overseas skilled workers would be able to fill the critical employment gaps and also bring population growth in those regions.
The new special visa agreements recently announced by Australian government is a big win for both, migrants and employers struggling to fill the employment gaps in regional areas. It is a positive development with many skilled migrants lodging their visa applications to work in Regional Areas in Australia. The new visa agreement allows employers to sponsor skilled workers with some concessions which may include access to some occupations that are on available under the standard visa arrangements, some concessions for English language requirements and salary levels Initiated by the employers, the visa will help these skilled migrants to avail employment benefits and also provide them with a PR pathway.
Reference link: https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/en/article/2018/12/10/australia-announces-two-new-special-visa-agreements-pathway-permanent-residency