Why do we need DAMA for the Goldfields region? What occupations are included in the Goldfields DAMA?
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, along with the Shires of Coolgardie, Leonora and Menzies, are working tirelessly with the support of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy Western Australia, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KBCCI), and Regional Development Australia Goldfields-Esperance, to attract Australian workers to the Goldfields region over the last few years with minimal success. Kalgoorlie Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a Kal Job Expo in March 2018, promoting over 1,000 job vacancies ready to be filled by the 1,000 job seekers who attended the Expo. However, only 30 families moved to the Goldfields after securing positions through the Expo. This is a good outcome from the Expo, but a lot more is needed if the City is to transform into a more economically diverse powerhouse, and address labour shortages in the long term.
A Fly-in, Fly-out workforce is not a solution to supplement skilled labour shortages, as the City’s preferred option is a residential workforce. A residential workforce will help grow the City’s population aspiration to 40,000 by 2030, provide a long-term stability to businesses and enable businesses growth. The Department of Training and Workforce Development recent labour market report estimated that around 334 (or 51 per cent) out of the 648 jobs listed on Seek for the Goldfields-Esperance region in October 2017 are mining related. Impact modelling undertaken using REMPLAN Economy estimates that if 334 jobs in a mining related field were filled today, then this would support a further 234 jobs in supply-chain sectors and 171 in consumption related activity. That is, for every direct job created in mining related sectors, a further 2 jobs are supported in the broader local economy once flow-on supply-chain and consumption effects are taken into consideration. Today there is over 480 mining related jobs out of the 800 jobs advertised for the Goldfields-Esperance region on Seek.
Other supporting reasons for the Goldfields DAMA include:
- The population in Kalgoorlie-Boulder is slowly declining, from a peak of 33,267 in 2013 to 30,579 in 2017.
- There is now increasing competition for skilled workers within the Goldfields region, and from other regional cities around Western Australia because of new mines and increasing commodity prices.
- We are also competing for skilled workers with Perth’s $1.1 billion Metronet project, and interstate cities who are also constructing and upgrading $30 plus billion worth of major infrastructure and rail projects.
- With the National Disability Insurance Scheme rollout, it was estimated that the Goldfields-Esperance region would have 275 direct and indirect jobs by 2019-20.
- In January 2018, it was estimated around 318 children were on the waiting list for full-time and part-time care because there is not enough childcare workers in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
- More skilled labour workers are needed to increase apprenticeship and traineeship, including Aboriginal traineeship, intakes. We need more skilled workers to be able to train more apprentices, trainees, and upskill young people and local workforce in the Goldfields region.
The Goldfields DAMA secured 72 occupations across multiple industries. The DAMA is not just targeted at mining and heavy industry jobs. The approved list of skilled workers includes jobs such as childcare workers, hospitality supervisors and disability worker to help fill the shortages in these industries. A complete list of occupations is available here.What does the DAMA application process involve?
The DAMA application process is fairly rigorous, as the employer needs to demonstrate that the job cannot be filled by an Australian.This includes evidence that the job was advertised (via website, print media or radio) in Australia for at least 28 days unsuccessfully over the last four months. It also requires the skilled migrant to undertake a skills assessment, demonstrating their competence and qualifications, as well as an English language test.Is my business eligible to sponsor an overseas worker through the Goldfields DAMA?
Do workers who migrate through the DAMA have to reside in the Goldfields?
Businesses can access the Goldfields DAMA if they are actively operating in the Goldfields region and meet the following criteria:
- financially viable and have been operating for at least 12 months
- have no history of not meeting its obligations to employees
- are looking to employ overseas workers to fill full-time positions with duties that align with one of the occupations on the Goldfields DAMA list
- can demonstrate they cannot fill the position locally with Australian citizens or permanent residents
- can provide terms and conditions of employment to overseas workers that are in accordance with those offered to Australian workers employed in the region.
The Goldfields DAMA is an employer-sponsored visa program and individual workers cannot apply for a visa independently.
Yes. The DAMA aims not only to help grow the communities of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Goldfields, but to actively combat Fly In, Fly Out workforces around the region. All workers immigrating to Australia under the DAMA are required to live and work in the region.What are the costs associated with a DAMA application?
All DAMA applications will incur an up-front processing fee of $250 per nomination. If approved, employers may also have to assist with the costs of relocating the skilled migrant to the Goldfields as part of the agreement. No sponsorship or financial assistance will be provided from the Government or other partners to the Goldfields DAMA to assist overseas workers to relocate. How many applications for the Goldfields DAMA will be endorsed in the first year?
When will applications for the DAMA open, and who will assess them?
Around 500 approved nominations for Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) (subclass 482
) or Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186
) visas will be endorsed for the Goldfields DAMA in the first year. The number of occupations and nominations in following years is to be renegotiated with the Federal Minister, following an annual review.
Applications for the DAMA will start on 1 July 2019. As the Designated Area Representative (DAR) holder of the Goldfields DAMA, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder will be accepting and assessing applications in partnership with the Office of Home Affairs.As a skilled worker, can I apply to migrate to the Goldfields under the DAMA?
No. The Goldfields DAMA is an employer-sponsored visa program and individual workers cannot apply for a visa independently.Is there age limit on the applicant for the Goldfields DAMA labour agreement stream?
A TSS visa holder does not have an age limit, however workers aspiring to access the permanent residence pathway through the ENS must be aware that this has an age limit of 49 years old (cannot have turned 50) at time of permanent residence nomination.Who can I contact for more information?