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Home Affairs to reach out and connect with Northern Inland

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland Senior Skilled Migration & Project Officer Gary Fry
Regional Development Australia Northern Inland Senior Skilled Migration & Project Officer Gary Fry

A Regional Outreach Officer from the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs is coming to Tamworth to update the Northern Inland region about skilled work visas and it is a visit that has the full support of Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI).

“This is about equitable access to the Department for the Northern Inland region and regional Australia, generally. I encourage employers who need to consider workers from overseas to meet their labour needs and others in our region who need a skilled work visa update or to have some issues addressed to make the most of this opportunity,” Senior Skilled Migration & Project Officer Gary Fry said.

The Department of Home Affairs’ Regional Outreach Officer for NSW is the experienced Ms. Servet Brennan. She will be delivering a free information session in the Britten Room of the Tamworth Community Centre in Darling Street on Monday 2 March 2020 from 12:30 until 2:30pm.

“This is a great opportunity for members of the Northern Inland region to find out about the benefits of employing skilled workers from overseas and ask me questions,” Ms. Brennan said.

Although the information session is free.

“Whether you are in a large organisation or a small business, your attendance not only means hearing the latest news on skilled work visas directly from the Department, it shows demand and appreciation for these outreach efforts in Northern Inland NSW,” Mr. Fry said.

“Skilled Migration has been incredibly important for economic growth of our region; sometimes skilled migrants have been vital for continued functionality of a business or service. This has been demonstrated by our case study videos, which showcase employers and their skilled migrant employees, across a broad range of sectors and locations. These are inspiring stories that are well worth viewing and can be accessed via our website: http://www.rdani.org.au/skilled-migration/skilled-migration-case-studies.php ,” Mr. Fry said.

“Over the past five years, RDANI has facilitated hundreds of skilled migrant / employer connections in our region.”

“This information session is particularly timely, as the Department of Home Affairs shut down some regional work visas in mid-December and replaced them with two new regional visas that have different requirements and are designed to benefit regional employers,” he said.

“Even with the impacts of the drought on regional businesses, the Northern Inland still has skilled labour shortages that work visas can help to address. These include health, hospitality and trade occupations.”

RDA Northern Inland Chair Russell Stewart said Northern Inland NSW locals should treat this information session as a two-way street. “It is commendable that the Department of Home Affairs is connecting with our region in person. It is also to be applauded that they are not just coming to provide information but additionally, to take our input about work visas on board. I’m confident that this information session will be constructive in both directions and it will start a new level of connectivity between this region and the Department of Home Affairs,” he said.

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