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Migration Updates - Week starting 12 May 2019 edition

Orana DAMA has been signed

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana chairman John Walkom & committee are pleased to welcome the Orana DAMA agreement between RDA Orana and the Federal Government.  Full press statement is available on Orana’s official website:

“This is a great win for the Orana region, increasing our semi-skilled and skilled migration to tackle our workforce shortage has been a key priority for RDA Orana over the past year, and this agreement puts the region in a promising position for future growth and development, Mr Walkom said.

“Orana RDA always put local jobs first, but we only have a small labour pool to draw from to service over 25% of the state, including the local government areas of Dubbo Regional, Mid-Western Regional, Narromine, Gilgandra, Coonabarabran, Bogan, Cobar, Bourke, Walgett, Coonamble, Warren and Brewarrina”

Further details on Orana DAMA will be made available to the public shortly.

Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)

Goldfield’s DAMA is now in the final stages of implementation and occupation list has been finalised.  To obtain a copy of the occupation list, employers and visa applicants should contact Goldfield’s region by email:

Further, LTA will be running a workshop in June relating to this new DAMA on 12 June 2019.  The session will be joined by a guest speaker from the region and bookings to this can be made by visiting LTA’s website:

Skilled Migration Program Queensland is now closed

The following has statement has been released by BSMQ:

“The Queensland skilled state nomination program has now closed 10 May 2018 at 12pm. Expressions of interest (EOI’s) submitted after this date and time will not be considered.

BSMQ will continue to process those EOI’s that have previously been lodged from 18 April – 10 May 2019 12pm until quota has been reached.

Please do not contact us regarding the progress of your EOI as this will slow down the processing team from finalising applications.

If you have missed out this time around, the Queensland business and skilled state nomination programs will re-open again with new quotas and new criteria for 2019-20 financial year in early July 2019.

At this time of re-opening you will need to submit a NEW EOI as we will not be selecting any previously submitted or updated EOIs prior to this date”

AAT Survey

The Administrative appeals tribunal (AAT) is currently seeking feedback from applicants, representatives and other parties who were involved in a case that was finalised by the AAT between 1 December 2018 and 30 March 2019.

If you are part of this group you may receive an email or SMS invitation to complete a short and anonymous online survey.

The survey will give the AAT important information about users’ opinions on the overall review process and their experience when dealing with the AAT. The AAT will use the information to identify areas where we can make improvements.

All survey responses will be treated as confidential. Key survey results will be included in our 2018-19 Annual Report.

The survey closes 30 May 2019.



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