How will the new DAMA affect businesses in the Douglas Shire?


 Will Douglas Shire businesses benefit from the new FNQ DAMA?

 Yes, we will benefit. 

via Warren Entsch

Far North Queensland’s economy will be significantly boosted with the signing of a new skilled migration agreement between the Commonwealth Government and Cairns Chamber of Commerce.

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the new Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) was a fantastic outcome for our region.

He said the five-year DAMA agreement will assist a range of industries including tourism, hospitality, agriculture, shipping and health, helping to drive economic growth and fill critical employment gaps.

“I have been working closely with the Cairns Chamber of Commerce to ensure this initiative became a reality,” Mr Entsch said.

“This initiative will help fill the employment void across many sectors.

“This FNQ Designated Area Migration Agreement recognises that our businesses need people to help grow our local economy.

“It is about backing our small businesses and to ensure they have access to workers so they can continue to thrive in a competitive world.”

 The FNQ DAMA includes the area of the Douglas Shire. 

There are 80 job occupations that are covered under the DAMA.

Douglas Chamber President Liz Ross is happy to assist any businesses that may be looking for workers under the DAMA scheme provided that they cannot find suitable employees who have the requirements to fill the positions to be filled.  The DAMA agreement can only be used and accessed if suitable local people cannot be found. The first priority must be to fill the jobs by Australian people, as per Federal Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the Morrison Government was 100 per cent committed to supporting the skills needs in Far North Queensland.

He said under a DAMA, Labour Market Testing is required, meaning a position cannot be filled by a migrant if an Australian worker is available for that job.

“Our first priority is always to fill jobs with Australians, but the immigration system can play an important role in helping to address regional skills gaps,” Mr Coleman said.

via Cairns Chamber,

“Under the DAMA framework, employers in areas experiencing skills and labour shortages can sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers. DAMAs are designed to ensure employers recruit Australians as a first priority and prioritise initiatives and strategies to facilitate the recruitment and retention of Australian workers. “


President Liz is happy to check the occupation list for any business of the Douglas Shire, so that they can then proceed if they want more information and or assistance from Cairns Chamber.

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Renegade Moss