Living in the Goldfields DAMA Region

Living in the Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement region is an exciting prospect, with a population of over 51,400 people, and plenty of opportunities for you and your family. Dig a little deeper to discover what life here is all about! 

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Statement

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has a proud multicultural history and is welcoming towards migrants.

According to the 2016 Census, around 25 per cent of people living in the City were born outside of Australia, and almost all of them are now proud Australian citizens. These migrants bring a wealth of skills, knowledge and have greatly contributed to the growth and development of Kalgoorlie-Boulder including the creation of businesses. In 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that 1 in 3 owners or managers of small businesses were born overseas. The City is proud to represent a community with a rich cultural heritage, and our diversity leads to progression and maximises the City’s potential.

Skilled migration programs in Australia were introduced in the 1950s, and today about 70 per cent of permanent migrants are skilled stream migrants. The Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) program is aimed at attracting a skilled migrant workforce to regional areas, and is another avenue for the Goldfields region to grow its economy and population.

The Goldfields DAMA enables local employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers in areas that are experiencing skills and labour shortages. Allowing employers to access additional concessions that are currently unavailable under the standard temporary and permanent visa programs to attract and retain skilled workers to form a stable residential workforce.

The success of the Goldfields DAMA will not stop the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder from working on attracting Australians from other cities to come and live in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The City strongly supports the growth of its residential workforce, and will achieve this by implementing priority initiatives identified in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Growth Plan.

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Welcome to the Goldfields Community - 13 February 2021

Welcome to the Goldfields Community - 8 February 2020

Migrant Settlement Services Directory

Job Services Directory for Employers and Job Seekers

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community Directory incl. Services

Education and Training

Migrant Workers: A guide for employers

DAMA Brochure

Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitors Centre

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