Having trouble recruiting or retaining semi-skilled or skilled staff?

Far North Queensland now has the benefit of a new agreement with government to address skills shortages including in the agricultural sector.

The Cairns Chamber of Commerce has been appointed the Area Representative for the new FNQ Designated Area Migration Agreement (FNQ DAMA). The agreement provides more flexible arrangements for both small and large businesses to fill positions that they have trouble filling or retaining from the Australian labour market. The FNQ DAMA includes 70 occupations across several sectors, including many that are not available for sponsorship through standard migration pathways. Most available occupations have various concessions available in recognition of regional challenges, and have pathways to permanent residence to improve opportunities for staff retention.

The FNQ DAMA includes skilled and semi-skilled occupations such as:

  • Farm Inspector
  • Farm Supervisor
  • Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator
  • Agricultural Technician
  • Fruit or Nut Grower
  • Crop Farmer
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer
  • Arborist
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • Motor Mechanic (General)
  • Small Engine Mechanic

To be eligible to access the agreement, the business must be operating in the Cairns, Mareeba, Atherton, Port Douglas or Cassowary Coast local government areas for twelve months or more.

The Cairns Chamber of Commerce holds regular information sessions about the FNQ DAMA and how to access it. Register for an information sessions online here.    

For more information, check the Chamber website or contact Geoff at dama@cairnschamber.com.au