Regional Development Australia Orana helps businesses large and small succeed in the Orana region. Led by business and community representatives, RDA Orana is strongly focused on diversifying the economic base of the region, workforce planning and development, business investment, infrastructure, and whole of government planning.

We recruit new businesses to the region, support the growth of existing Orana businesses, help manufacturers sell into international markets, provide start-up assistance to entrepreneurs and market the Orana as a premier travel destination. We also undertake extensive industry and market research to provide regional intelligence on critical regional development issues and find solutions to improve the Orana region for the future.

Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)

As an organisation at the forefront of skilled migration, RDA Orana signed the Orana DAMA agreement with the Federal Government in April 2019. As the first of its kind in NSW to streamline the visa application process, the DAMA is set to make it easier for migrant employees and employers to fill vacant positions.

DAMAs are custom-designed arrangements which support a tailored, regional response to labour needs. They are an important tool in assisting regions to manage workforce strategies that support local growth. The over-arching nature of these agreements allows employers targeted and streamlined access to a broader range of overseas workers than allowed under standard State and National skilled migration programmes. The DAMA will negotiate terms and conditions, cutting down on individual employer visa worker hiring costs.

RDA Orana is currently in determining the processes and procedures with the Commonwealth Government. Updates will be provided on our website.

Orana Opportunity Network (O2N)

In 2019 the Orana Opportunity Network will be established to support regional businesses to develop and grow, with the aim of becoming a leading industry network for businesses located in the Orana region. The O2 Network is expected to provide broad economic benefits to the Orana region that are ongoing and provide benefit to a wide range of business types and sizes. The network will work along- side major business and provide advocacy on regional issues including our current critical workforce shortage. It is envisaged that the network will become a cohesive alliance and through this provide a strong voice for the Orana region.

Inland Growth Summit – January 2019

On the 31st of January 2019, RDA Orana hosted the Inaugural Inland Growth Summit. The aim was to spotlight the real need for regional policy and plan to support growth centres within Inland Australia, the desperate need for population growth to service projects and support sustainable and ongoing economic growth. Follow the link to view the speaker presentations and for a complete wrap up of the day.

The Welcome Project

RDA Orana were the recipient of a $49,500 grant from the Federal Government’s Fostering Integration Grants program. The Welcome Project aims to provide initatives for migrants to feel more welcome and encourage social inclusion into the 12 local government areas within the Orana region. The Project will include a series of activities and workshops in partnership with the Orana Residents of the Indian Sub-Continent Heritage (ORISCON), education on employment for migrants, developing resources to support migrant entry into remote and rural communities and an annual welcome to the Orana event.

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