Thursday, May 30, 2024

Griffith council welcomes DAMA approval

Griffith City Council has today welcomed news that the Department of Home Affairs has approved a variation to the Orana Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) to now include the regional city.

DAMAs play a crucial role in facilitating skilled migration by tailoring a specialised skilled
occupation list and providing employers with concessions on age limits, English proficiency tests, and salary criteria.

The Orana DAMA represents a partnership between Regional Development – Riverina RDA Orana and the Australian Government, allowing employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers for positions they struggle to fill locally.

Initially covering central Northern NSW, including Dubbo, the Orana DAMA has now expanded to include the Riverina region, incorporating Griffith.

Mayor, Doug Curran said Griffith’s inclusion in the Orana DAMA will go a long way in alleviating workforce shortages.

“This is significant for major local employers such as Casella Family Brands and Proten. These companies have faced challenges in recruiting cellar hands and skilled farmhands, respectively,” he said.

“I thank all those who have lobbied to make this happen and urge businesses to find out more as soon as possible.

“I especially want to call out and thank the Griffith Business Chamber who have been huge
advocates for this program. We have much more work to do, especially in regards to housing these potential new employees but we are working collaboratively on that issue also.”

The updated skilled occupations list now boasts an additional 64 professions, bringing the total to 129, further enhancing the opportunities for skilled migration and workforce diversity in Griffith and its surrounding regions.

The expanded DAMA is in place for 12 months – until 3 April 2025, with employers urged to
contact info@rdariverina.org.au for more information.

To view eligible occupations: www.rdaorana.org.au/migration/dama/dama-occupations-list/.

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