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Region hears about skilled migration opportunities

Nationally recognised migration advisor, Michael Jeremy with RDANI Snr Project Officer, Kim-Trieste Hastings and the New England Business Development Manager for NSW Trade and Investment, Peter Sniekers at the Armidale Chamber of Commerce function.
Nationally recognised migration advisor, Michael Jeremy with RDANI Snr Project Officer, Kim-Trieste Hastings and the New England Business Development Manager for NSW Trade and Investment, Peter Sniekers at the Armidale Chamber of Commerce function.

Employing workers from oversees is an essential option for many Northern Inland NSW employers, who cannot source the labour that they need locally. The processes involved can be time consuming and complex. Misunderstanding the rules and procedures or making mistakes can negatively impact upon a business or organisation's operations as well as visa applicants or holders.

Recognising the important role that skilled migration plays in the region, Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) funded a week-long tour of the region by one of Australia's leading authorities on skilled and student migration, Michael Jeremy. Free seminars for regional employers, businesses, organisations and visa applicants took place last week in Tamworth, Armidale, Goondiwindi and Moree, with one-on-one meetings around the region also benefiting employers. The aim of the workshops was to fill knowledge gaps created by significant migration law changes, which took effect on July 1 this year.

The workshops addressed such areas as: Regional Skilled Migration programmes; 457 Work Visas; Australian employer obligation to the Immigration Department; the do’s and don'ts of employing temporary visa holders; best practice approaches to working with the Immigration Department; and what RDANI can do to help local employers use immigration to achieve good business outcomes and get the skilled workers they need.

The Armidale Chamber function featured presentations and a panel discussion about opportunities in such areas as apprenticeships, vocational training, business planning/development, export expansion, sustainability, skilled migration and regional development.

"Helping regional employers and visa applicants to understand immigration processes and keep up-to-date with regulatory changes is a practical way of supporting the region, its employers and employees," RDANI Executive Officer, Nathan Axelsson said. " We're working to improve the Immigration Department's appreciation of the region’s labour needs, particularly in the agricultural sector. Employer awareness and understanding of the option of recruiting overseas workers has grown in recent years, thanks to RDANI and the NSW Department of Trade and Investment."

RDANI primarily certifies Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) and Skilled Regional Sponsored (SRS) Visas with over 250 visas approved in the past financial year, across the full spectrum of industries. Further information on skilled migration opportunities in the Northern Inland can be obtained by contacting Senior Project Officer, Kim Hastings on (02) 67712790.

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