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Seeking your input into SA’s Designated Area Migration Agreements - Circular 50.8

To Chief Executive Officer
Economic Development and Tourism Staff
Elected Members
Governance Officers
Date 11 December 2019
Contact Brianna McGee
Email: brianna.mcgee@lga.sa.gov.au
Response Required Yes Respond By 15 January 2020
Summary Skilled Migration is an important contributor to South Australia’s future economic growth, particularly in regional areas. The Department for Innovation and Skills is currently reviewing the state’s Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA) and through the LGA have invited your feedback on how skilled migration, particularly in regional areas, can be improved.

The South Australian Designated Area Migration Agreement is a formal agreement between the Australian Government, represented by the Department of Home Affairs and the South Australian Government, Department for Innovation and Skills.

DAMAs enable South Australian employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local workers. For further information please visit the webpage: https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/local-employers/designated-area-migration-agreements   

The LGA is motivated to ensure local government has a strong voice in contributing to the development of sustainable economic development in South Australia. Coordination between local, state and federal government is central to ensure policies developed to address skill shortages in South Australia are targeted at areas of occupational demand in each local community.  

The LGA has undertaken significant research to support its advocacy for a strategic approach to attracting and retaining people with skills in South Australia, growing the economy and ensuring the state remains a desirable place to live, work and thrive into the future. For information on this research please follow this link: https://www.lga.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=7596&reqUrl=population 

The LGA acknowledges potential limitations on receiving feedback posed by this timeframe, noting this consultation is straddling the Christmas break! The LGA has been advised that the State Government is working within Commonwealth timeframes for this consultation, with this issue being considered at a meeting in early February 2020. As such, the LGA would appreciate ‘officer level’ feedback from member councils.

This is an opportunity to have your say on how the delivery of skilled migration in South Australia can be improved.

The LGA is currently developing a submission to the Department of Innovations and Skills on this matter and is seeking your feedback and comments. If you wish to contribute to this submission, please provide all comments to Brianna McGee by no later than 15 January 2020.

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