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Migration roundtable to address skills shortage

Migration roundtable to address skills shortage

Author: Kate Schwager/Thursday, October 03, 2019/Categories: Walgett, Other News

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RDA Orana will host a two-day discussion focussed on migration as part of the organisation’s commitment to regional workforce shortages.

“Locally-led migration strategies have provided a response to issues facing rural and regional communities, including shifts in workforce and population,” RDA Orana Director for Regional Development Megan Dixon said.

The event will begin with an employer forum to discuss visa options for employers who may be interested in hiring migrant workers. This will be followed by a workshop about migrant experiences and a roundtable to look at regional settlement.

“We believe it is timely to bring together key stakeholders for the purpose of discussing migration in the Orana region,” Mrs Dixon said.

“To identify gaps, address challenges and to build a framework that will ensure strong retention rates and successful outcomes in the future.”

Mrs Dixon said the focus is on an interactive approach to settlement and support for both migrants and employers.

“We will be looking at barriers to success and key issues, but we also want to examine what is working by using the experiences of people who have been through the process.”

Stakeholders include local government, business and employer groups, migrants and key organisations.

The event on October 3 and 4 is being hosted with support from the Regional Australia Institute. It will coincide with the official launch of the Orana DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement), the first of its kind in NSW established to streamline the process for employers who want to hire migrant workers.


The two-day migration discussion will be held on October 3 and 4 with times provided recommended for media to attend. RDA Orana Director for Regional Development and Regional Australia Institute representatives will be available for interview.

WHAT: Employer Forum

WHERE: Pastoral Hotel, Dubbo

WHEN: October 3 - 4.30pm

WHAT: Migrant Experiences 

WHERE: Pastoral Hotel, Dubbo

WHEN: October 3 - 7.30pm

WHAT: Roundtable (by invite only)

WHERE: Quality Inn, Dubbo

WHEN: October 4 - 11am

For more information, contact RDA Orana on 6885 1488 or



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