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WRF backs Kalgoorlie designation as a DAMA region

  • Posted on Wednesday 5th, June 2019.

Western Roads Federation has welcomed the decision by Minister for Population, Alan Tudge, to designate Kalgoorlie-Boulder region as part of the Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA).

“Many of our members in the Goldfields area, as with many regions of WA have been struggling to attract and retain skilled staff from drivers to heavy vehicle mechanics needed to drive regional growth,” WRF said in a statement.

“This decision when combined with the innovative WA industry led training solution developed and now being refined by our WRF members will help alleviate pressures on our members.”

The intent of DAMA, according to WRF, is to help improve regional migration outcomes. Specifically, a DAMA is a five-year agreement between a regional or state/territory authority and the Department of Home Affairs. DAMAs are reported to provide opportunities for employers in designated areas to sponsor a wider range of skilled and semi-skilled workers for positions which are not available under the standard employer sponsored visa programs.

“The Northern Territory has benefited from having the DAMA agreement which many of our dual members have utilised,” said WRF. “We will be discussing with the NT Road Transport Association how we can potentially leverage the peak industry body sponsorship option under the DAMA.”

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