DIAC officers visit Karratha

Date: Nov 30, 2011

A number of developing resource projects in Western Australia have been drawing increased numbers of skilled workers from all around the world - some with the assistance of lawyers in immigration.

In particular the growing community of Karratha in Western Australia has expanded exponentially - with plans to develop the regional township into a world-class commercial and residential destination.

The developments are expected to be completed sometime in 2014 and will be spacious enough to accommodate 50,000 full-time residents and supply over 10,000 square metres of commercial real estate.

Speaking on the projects, Western Australian minister for regional development Brendon Grylls said that there would be a range of opportunities for both local and international businesses in the region.

Grylls explained: "People that work in the resource sector are well paid, they want a high amenity and good liveability in their communities; if we can offer that they'll choose to live there.

"There are enormous opportunities for people in the eastern states, for people in WA, for people overseas to look at the Pilbara as a place to call home."

With the growing population in the region comes an increased demand for skilled and semi-skilled workers - both for the resource projects themselves and for the support activities that are required by the community.

To help businesses and managers in the region understand their options more clearly, officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) have recently completed regional tour to Karratha.

A number of seminars were held from November 16 to 18, with private consultations also made available.

The sessions were open for the public to register and attend, giving both employers and visa holders the chance to ask questions.

They were able to gain insights into the recent updates to certain sponsorship arrangements, as well as the status of the Regional Skilled Migration Agreement that was in place for the Karratha area.

Speaking on the range of topics covered by the DIAC officers, a spokesman said: "While the department has a great deal of information available over the phone or on the internet, some people may not be aware of recent policy changes, or they may prefer to speak to officers face-to-face, and these visits meet those needs."

While the information provided was sure to be helpful to the wide range of people who attended the event, some may require additional clarification of their options.

In these cases an immigration lawyer can be invaluable, delivering both visa holders and employers with the information they need to explore their options.