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Council encourages Hinchinbrook businesses to assist in addressing the current skills shortages

ON Friday 1 April 2022, The Hon Alex Hawke MP, announced Townsville Enterprise Limited (TEL) as the Designated Area Representative for a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) for the North Queensland region to assist in addressing the severe skills shortages that have been stifling economic growth and business activity in the region, including Hinchinbrook.

A DAMA is a formal agreement between the Australian Government and TEL. It provides business owners who have exhausted local recruitment options access to overseas workers, providing flexibility and responsiveness not available through the standard skilled migration programs. Hinchinbrook Shire Council is a member of TEL.

DAMAs are tailored to a region’s unique economic and labour market conditions, and as with all skilled migration schemes, they are only accessible if employers can demonstrate skills shortages and have given priority to Australian jobseekers first.

Mayor Ramon Jayo said, “Council encourages Hinchinbrook business to visit the TEL website and make an initial registration of their interest in possibly using the DAMA. There are only four questions to complete to register your interest, and it only takes two minutes.”

For further information or to register your interest, please visit Townsville Enterprise Limited’s website

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