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Regional Queensland (incl. Cairns) Opens Its Door To Skilled Migrants In 70 Occupations

Regional Queensland is now open to skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers in 70 occupations ranging from Childcare Workers to Chefs and from Mechanics to Health and Welfare Services Managers.

SBS reports that the five-year Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement (FNQ DAMA) came into effect on September 12, 2019 and is tailored to address current and emerging labour market shortages. The DAMA is now open to employers to sponsor skilled migrants in Cairns, the Cassowary Coast, the Tablelands, Mareeba and the Douglas Shire through the Cairns Chamber of Commerce.

What is the DAMA?

The DAMA is a special immigration scheme for areas of Australia that are experiencing labour shortages or need a population boost. The FNQ DAMA may open up opportunities for migrants willing to move out of big cities.

Special concessions in English requirement and work experience requirements are available to certain skilled occupations in the FNQ DAMA.

The FNQ DAMA may offer pathways to permanent residency for holders of TSS visas granted in select occupations.

Is Childcare Worker on the FNQ DAMA Occupation List?

Child Care Centre Manager and Child Care Worker are included in the FNQ DAMA agreement.

How to get into Childcare?

As an international student you can study the Cert. III in Early Childhood Education & Care and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care. Contact Study in Australia Int. to learn more about tuition fees, entry requirements and intake dates.


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