Special needs of NT continue to be acknowledged under work visa reforms

The Coalition Government is continuing to back Northern Territory businesses that need to bring in overseas workers to fill labour shortages.

The decision by the Government to abolish the 457 work visa and replace it with a new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa has no impact on the concessional arrangements Territory employers currently enjoy through the NT Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA).

“Under these reforms, there will be no changes to the list of occupations that Territory businesses can sponsor under the DAMA,” Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said.

“These occupations include various agricultural jobs, childcare workers, cooks, chefs, truck drivers and a host of other jobs required to fill labour shortages in the Territory that can’t be filled by Australians workers.

“NT businesses that meet the current eligibility requirements can rest assured that they will still be able to bring in overseas workers as needed under the DAMA.

“This reflects the special needs the Territory has in terms of attracting and retaining workers, especially to remote areas.

“Although the sponsorship arrangements are important, I know NT businesses look to Aussie workers first as it is easier to get locals and only bring in international workers to fill shortages, especially in agriculture and hospitality.”

The Government’s reforms will strengthen the integrity of temporary skilled migration. Implementation of the reforms will start immediately and be completed by March 2018.

NT businesses can find out more on the DAMA here: http://www.australiasnorthernterritory.com.au/Working/bsm/employer-nominated/dama/Pages/default.aspx