Australia's northern territory has opened the permanent residency pathway for the semi-skilled migrants with limited English. They will be able to apply permanent residency after being in NT for at least 3 years. The NT will accept the skilled migrants from overseas for more than one hundred in demand occupations in the territory. Hence, now the people with low skills (who are willing to live and work in the NT for 3 years) will also be able to apply for Australian PR after certain period.
NT offers New Permanent Residency pathway to semi-skilled migrants
There are total 117 high demand occupations in the Northern territory for which the local government is offering the permanent residency pathway to the people with semi skills and limited English. The purpose of whole program or scheme is to promote equal distribution of the immigrants across the all states and territories and stop the burden of excessive migrant population on the top Australian cities, i.e. Sydney and Melbourne.
Designation Area Migration Agreements(DAMA)
Australian government has announced Designation Area Migration Agreements(DAMA) - a new scheme for Australia's Warrnambool region in Victoria and the Northern Territory, in order to address the labour shortage issues and enhance the population in these regions.
It's the 2nd agreement of this kind for the northern territory offering the permanent residency pathway this time around. It's DAMA - 2 which is applicable from 1st January 2019. As per the federal government, it's a key evidence of the efforts being made by the government to help the key regions of the country through migration programs of the Oz. The government is taking all essential steps and to enhance the key immigration to meet the demands of states and territories of regional Australia.
Meet the skill shortage by inviting new immigrants
The government emphasize on the fact that the preference is always give the preference to hire the locals for the key jobs in the country, however, to meet the skill shortage in key regional areas, its mandatory to use immigration system in the proper way. The NT has been the key beneficiary of Designation Area Migration Agreements (DAMA) in the recent past.
High demand occupations of Northern Territory
Northern territory in coordination with the federal government has selected 117 high demand occupations, i.e. Web Designers, Accountant, Chef, Residential Care Worker, Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher, etc. For all these occupations, the employer can hire the skilled migrants, if they are failed to find the local employee for the relevant profile. In addition to the PR Pathway, the Chief Minister of NT has also promised to give the incentive to the skilled migrants willing to live and work in the Northern Territory for longer period.
Northern Territory DAMA II Occupation List
|Aged or Disabled Carer|
|Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator|
|Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic|
|Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)|
|Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)|
|Bar Attendant Supervisor|
|Beef Cattle Farmer|
|Butcher or Smallgoods Maker|
|Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)|
|Cafe or Restaurant Manager|
|Chief Executive or Managing Director|
|Child Care Centre Manager|
|Child Care Worker|
|Civil Engineering Technician|
|Conference and Event Organiser|
|Cook (includes Ethnic Cuisine)|
|Customer Service Manager|
|Diesel Motor Mechanic|
|Disabilities Services Officer|
|Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher|
|Earth Science Technician|
|Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)|
|Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)|
|Family Day Care Worker|
|Family Support Worker|
|Fitter and Turner|
|Fruit or Nut Grower|
|Hair or Beauty Salon Manager|
|Hotel or Motel Manager|
|Hotel or Motel Receptionist|
|Hotel Service Manager|
|ICT Customer Support Officer|
|ICT Support Technicians nec|
|Licensed Club Manager|
|Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer|
|Mixed Crop Farmer|
|Mixed Livestock Farmer|
|Motor Mechanic (General)|
|Motor Vehicle or Caravan Salesperson|
|Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General)|
|Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreter|
|Nursing Support Worker|
|Out of School Hours Care Worker|
|Personal Care Assistant|
|Program or Project Administrator|
|Residential Care Worker|
|Retail Manager (General)|
|Sales and Marketing Manager|
|Sheetmetal Trades Worker|
|Small Engine Mechanic|
|Supply and Distribution Manager|
|Telecommunications Cable Jointer|
|Truck Driver (General)|
|Waste Water or Water Plant Operator|
|Welder (First Class)|
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