Our region is hosting workshops this month on new regional visas for business, focusing on health, transport, manufacturing, horticulture, agriculture, and other industry. Regional visas can help provide workforce options for your busines where positions cannot be filled by Australian workers. The agriculture session will feature information on the new Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement recently introduced by the Federal Government.

The workshops will be followed by discussion regarding the potential for a Designated Area Migrant Agreement (DAMA) for the Goulburn Valley, and what it could mean for the region. A Designated Area Migrant Agreement sees a certain number of migrants able to work fulltime in the region for a certain period, with the ability to apply for permanent residency after four years, at the earliest. Acting Director Sustainable Development at Greater Shepparton City Council Colin Kalms said “it is critical for Council – before progressing with the next stage of the DAMA process – to receive commitment from industry that a DAMA is going to be of assistance to them, and that they will make use of a DAMA if it is available within the Goulburn Valley.”

These workshops are supported by the Department of Home Affairs.

Shepparton

Date
Friday March 13

Venue
Parklake (Function Room 1), 481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton 3630.

Time
Session 1 at 9.30am for Health / Transport / Manufacturing and other industry
Session 2 at 12:30pm for Horticulture / Agriculture industry

Registrations essential
Register at www.shepparton-regional-visas.eventbrite.com.au

Host
Greater Shepparton City Council

Cobram

Date
Thursday March 12

Venue
Cobram Civic Centre, Punt Road, Cobram 3644.

Time
Session 1 at 12:30pm for Health / Transport / Manufacturing and other industry
Session 2 at 7pm for Horticulture / Agriculture industry

Registrations essential
Register at www.regional-visas-cobram.eventbrite.com.au

Host
Campaspe Shire Council and Moira Shire Council

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