City of Karratha

Local businesses urged to have their say on DAMA application

11 May 2021

A survey is now open for local businesses across the City of Karratha to have their say on the City’s application for a Designated Area Migration Agreement and how it could best meet their needs.

In December 2020, Council resolved to move forward with an application to the Federal Government for a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA). The decision comes following extensive consultation with local businesses and the conclusions of a City commissioned report from May 2020 that found a DAMA would provide the most benefit to addressing labour shortages. Attracting and retaining staff has been consistently raised as the biggest challenge facing local businesses across Karratha.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the survey will assist the City with tailoring the application to suit the needs of local businesses.

“Attracting and retaining staff has been a major issue for local businesses across Karratha and with many projects resuming post-COVID, this will put additional pressure on an already strained labour market,” Cr Long said.

“While not a fix-all solution for labour shortage issues, a DAMA will remove red tape for businesses and improve the recruitment process into the future.  We want to hear from local businesses about how a DAMA could best be utilised for them

“The Agreement will not affect the recruitment process for Australians as part of the DAMA application process dictates businesses must demonstrate that genuine and prolonged efforts have been made to recruit Australians first.”

If the DAMA application is successful, the City will comply with any relevant State or Federal COVID-19 requirements.

The survey is currently open to all local businesses within the City of Karratha and closes May 28.