Australian government relaxes migration rules in Northern Territory

The Minister for Immigration, Alex Hawke, has announced relaxed migration regulations for the Northern Territory to assist local businesses in filling critical shortages of skilled workers.

The federal government announced on Monday that it is updating the Northern Territory Designated Migration Area Agreement (NT DAMA), an employer-sponsored visa program.

The key changes to the NT DAMA include a more flexible permanent resident pathway; 24 new occupations including some lower-skilled occupations in the agriculture, aquaculture and meat industries; more flexible skills and work experience requirements for overseas workers; a higher age threshold for sponsored overseas workers; and a lower English language threshold for trade occupations.

The federal government announced on Monday that it is updating the Northern Territory Designated Migration Area Agreement (NT DAMA), an employer-sponsored visa program.

The key changes to the NT DAMA include a more flexible permanent resident pathway; 24 new occupations including some lower-skilled occupations in the agriculture, aquaculture and meat industries; more flexible skills and work experience requirements for overseas workers; a higher age threshold for sponsored overseas workers; and a lower English language threshold for trade occupations.

Melbourne-based migration expert Preeti Kaur has dubbed the government's decision as ‘a great initiative’.

"Some states have closed their state nominations, or there are candidates who do not qualify for PR as of now. So this move may open up an option for them to migrate here," Ms Kaur told SBS Hindi.

“This news comes as a breath of fresh air to many who are also unsure about options to choose from or have fewer options,” she said, adding that “it will also promote the Northern Territory region."

Darshit Devaliya, 29, is a temporary resident and has been working in Alice Springs for the last 10 months.

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