RDACC addresses worker shortages through visa options session


Regional Development Australia Central Coast (RDACC) has proudly hosted the first regional visa information session in NSW, held at the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah Campus’ Business Incubator last night.

Delivered in partnership with the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs, the session attracted businesses wanting to learn about new regional visa options for positions that can’t be filled by Australian workers.

RDACC’s Director Regional Development & Chief Executive Officer, John Mouland, said the free event targeted businesses in skill shortage areas to help them effectively resource and plan for growth.

“Businesses on the Central Coast and in other regional areas are crying out for skilled workers in every sector from trades to hospitality, and this session helped to educate business owners about the opportunities that exist to attract skilled workers in these areas,” said Mr Mouland.

“By understanding ways to develop a skilled workforce in regional areas such as our own, we are working to increase the viability, productivity and long-term economic success of the Central Coast region as a whole, as well as helping individual businesses address their own specific needs, harness opportunities and cater for growth.”

A range of visa options were covered during the information session including the 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) visa and the state sponsored 491 Skilled Work Regional visa.

“The session covered a range of visa options so that business owners can decide what will be the best fit for them,” added Mr Mouland.

“RDACC is a certifying body for any businesses looking to apply to the Department of Home Affairs for the SESR visa, so we were able to share information with employers based on our first-hand experience with this program and the positive results we have witnessed.”

For any Central Coast business owners seeking more information on visa options to attract skilled workers contact Regional Development Australia Central Coast on 4349 4949.