New funding to attract migrants to regions like Mayo

15 Mar 2019

Communities like Mayo are set to benefit from new Commonwealth funding aimed at attracting skilled migrants to regional Australia.

Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said regional employers and skilled migrants wanting to live in regional communities would be given priority processing on visa applications thanks to a $19.4 million investment by the Morrison Government.

“Most migrants to Australia end up in Sydney or Melbourne, however there is a greater need for migrants to address important skill shortages in regional areas across the nation, particularly in South Australia,” Ms Downer said.

“Educating, training and skilling Australian workers must always be a priority.

“However where Australian workers are simply not available, visa settings can be tailored to suit the needs of specific regions like Mayo through initiatives such Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).

“There are always economic gaps in regional areas like Mayo which orderly migration can help to fill, and that’s what these measures are for.

“DAMAs provide flexibility for regional employers to sponsor migrant workers, and incentives to migrants to live and work in regional areas—including by creating pathways to permanent residence.”

Information on visa options for regional communities and prospective regional migrants is available at www.homeaffairs.gov.au/regional.