Regional businesses across a quarter of New South Wales, who are struggling to fill skilled positions,
can now apply to be part of the newly launched Orana Designated Area Migration Agreement
The DAMA, which covers towns from Mudgee and Dubbo all the way to Bourke, Walgett and Cobar,
allows employers to bring in skilled workers, to help fill critical shortages.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said
the Orana agreement is one of seven DAMAs helping regional communities attract skilled migrants.
"The Morrison Government is committed to supporting the skills needs of regional Australia and has
been working on tailored solutions to attract skilled migrants where Australian workers are not
available to fill those jobs," Mr Coleman said.
"Our first priority is always to fill jobs with Australians, but the immigration system can play an
important role in helping to address regional skills gaps and grow local economies.”
The DAMA allows employers to bring in skilled workers under the labour agreement stream of the
Temporary Skill Shortage Visa that may provide a pathway to permanent residency, benefiting
the Orana region long-term.
The Orana region will offer up to 500 places in the first year across priority areas, including in the
Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government and Member for Parkes,
Mark Coulton said the announcement would boost businesses and communities across the
“Giving local businesses the opportunity to attract more skilled workers to the region will provide a
boost to the economy and cater for the skills that we rely on here in rural New South Wales,” Mr
“We have seen the success of other DAMA arrangements across rural Australia, and our
Government is committed to supporting regional communities to provide them with the needed
skills when Australian workers are not available to fill those jobs.
“These agreements build on the work the Coalition Government is doing to decentralise the
population away from capital cities, as well as benefiting regions looking for greater growth to
secure their economic future.”
Regional Development Australia, Orana Director Megan Dixon said the Orana region is the largest
and most diverse region in NSW, covering an area of 25 percent of the state.
“It’s important that we facilitate a long-term workforce that will lead to the development of
permanent roots in our region, providing economic growth for Orana,” Ms Dixon said.
Orana joins the Northern Territory, the Goldfields WA, Great South Coast Victoria, Adelaide City and
Regional South Australia, and Far North Queensland, to enter into the five-year agreement with the
Employers seeking information on the Orana DAMA should visit: www.rdaorana.org.au