Updates on renewed Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)
37 Extra occupations for Northern Territory (DAMA II)
The Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) has been recently renewed. Now referred to as DAMA II, this special visa exclusively for Darwin, NT will open up a pathway to permanent residence after 3 years for visa holders. An additional 37 occupations will be added to the original list which now identifies 117 occupations which are in short supply in the NT and needs to be filled by local employers from overseas. The former DAMA agreement also did not have any pathway to permanent residence. Therefore DAMA II is a major improvement.
Northern Territory Sponsorship For 489 and 190 Visas
More and more inquiries have been received by our firm from recent international student graduates about State or Territory nomination for the 489 and 190 visas. This is because the larger states are reducing their sponsorship of overseas students who have completed their studies in Australia while the NT government is increasing its support. The NT government is presently concerned about a decrease in the general population of the NT due to increased internal migration of NT people to other states. It recently offered to pay $3000 for individuals in skilled occupations willing to relocate to the NT and up to $15,000 for a family unit. The 489 visa is a skilled visa and the only condition of the NT government is that the person seeking NT sponsorship has lived and worked in the NT for 6 months in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation. For the 190 visa the NT government is more likely to support someone who has studied 2 years in the NT and graduated from an occupation that qualifies for skilled migration.
City Deals to Revitalize Darwin Central Business District with $500 Million
The long awaited City Deal which will be a A$500 million infrastructure development in the Darwin Central Business District (CBD) that includes a state-the-art Charles Darwin University precinct is likely to generate much more people traffic and business for the Darwin City business and retail district. It will be located alongside the new Garramilla Boulevard in the carpark space between the Post Office and Travel Lodge and across from Woolworths. When it is completed in 3 years’ time, it is predicted to increase economic output of the NT by A$250 million over the next 15 years. The A$500 million investment will be contributed to by the Federal Government (A$100 million), the NT Government (A$100 million) and private investors (A$300 Million). The land will be provided for free by the Darwin City Council. When one looks at major cities like Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide it is easy to see how important it is having university campuses in the CBD because of the sheer number of overseas students, their visiting families and campus staff all concentrated in the CBD and the direct effect on retail, eateries, accommodation and other services.
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