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New approach to tackling labour shortages - Minister for Home Affairs

A new program to tackle labour shortages in Victoria’s Great South Coast region has been officially  launched today in Warrnambool. 

The Great South Coast Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) provides an opportunity for  regional employers to be endorsed to hire overseas workers for roles that cannot be filled by  Australian residents. 

The DAMA is an Australian Government initiative with the Great South Coast DAMA a first for  Victoria and the first to be driven by Local Government. 

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said “the DAMA is designed to support local businesses by helping  them fill key roles. 

“Over recent years, we have been told by many employers that they struggle to recruit people in  particular industries.  The community should also be reassured that every effort will continue to be  made to fill vacancies locally before utilising the DAMA. 

“This is a targeted program, and it’s important to understand that workers appointed through the  DAMA are not replacing local workers, they are filling gaps in the labour market which have been  holding some businesses back.” 

Source: Coleman----new-approach-to-tackling-labour-shortages.pdf

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