Immigration and Employment

Immigration and Employment

There are a range of employment and recruitment options for your business.


The South West Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is an arrangement between the Commonwealth Government and the South West Region of Western Australia, that is designed to address skills shortages affecting the region.

The South West DAMA is accessible for businesses that have advertised but been unable to source skilled workers locally.

Under the terms of the DAMA, businesses operating within the South West may be able to access a broader range of occupations as well as concessions not generally available through the standard skilled visa programs.

Employers interested in accessing the DAMA are required to first submit an application to the Shire of Dardanup, who are the appointed Designated Area Representative (DAR).

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The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme allows eligible Australian businesses to hire workers from 9 Pacific islands and Timor-Leste when there are not enough local workers available.

Through the PALM scheme, eligible businesses can recruit workers for short-term jobs for up to 9 months or long-term roles for between one and 4 years in unskilled, low-skilled and semi-skilled positions.

The PALM scheme helps to fill labour gaps in rural and regional Australia and nationally for agriculture and select agriculture-related food product manufacturing sectors by offering employers access to a pool of reliable, productive workers. It also allows Pacific and Timor-Leste workers to take up jobs in Australia, develop their skills and send income home.

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First People

First People is Australia’s First Nations online network connecting our people with opportunity providers across Australia.

Business owners can promote their job opportunities to more than 6000 Noongars by registering for a Gnaala Karla Booja (GKB) membership. Fifty per cent of business membership fees directly support GKB’s community initiatives to create a brighter future for our Noongar people.

The First People platform is new to the market and is designed to grow rapidly as employers post their opportunities to the platform.



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