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Final days to submit Orana Migration Agreement Survey

9 November 2018 Regional Development Australia Orana Director Megan Dixon is reminding all employers in the region that the window of opportunity to have their say on the occupations and number to be included in the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) application will be closing on Monday. Stakeholders and employers in the Orana Region were sent a digital survey last…

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Have your say on addressing skills shortage

5 October 2018 Orana RDA Director Megan Dixon is encouraging everyone to have their say during the public consultation period for the proposed Orana region Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) application. Answering the need to address critical skill shortages being experienced by local business, DAMAs are custom-designed arrangements which support a tailored, regional response to labour needs. The over-arching nature…

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Focus on rural migration strategies

RDA Orana Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon and Michael Cooper from Fletcher International were among those in attendance at the Rural Migration Initiative in Canberra. “Hosted by the Regional Australia Institute, this event is a meeting of representatives from regions across Australia who are keen to tackle workforce shortages and population decline,” Mrs Dixon explained. This has been identified…

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Health and hospitality dominate future jobs growth

With strong growth in Health Care and Social Assistance, these are the areas which will feature the greatest employment surge in the next five years, according to figures released by the Federal Government in its Australian Jobs report for 2018. “This industry is predicted to add significantly more jobs than any other industry – by 25%,” RDA Orana Director of…

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Economy goes from strength to strength

With unemployment figures down by 2.4 per cent in the Federal electorate of Parkes in the past 12 months, its a good sign that the economy is going from strength to strength. Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana executive officer Megan Dixon said that job vacancies had increased by 4.1 per cent in the last quarter of 2017, marking more than…

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The Orana region: A place to call home

In the past decade, the Orana region has become a hub for skilled migration, with local communities providing as many reasons to make the move as potential job opportunities. Dubbo resident Jose Sunny (pictured) received a warm welcome from the locals when he first arrived in the regional city in 2008 after being advised it would be a difficult transition.…