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Uralla Shire benefits from skilled migration

12 September 2017

Uralla Shire Council is a small regional council, in the heart of NSW's Northern Inland region, which has challenges attracting skilled labour. To address this challenge, the region has actively sought to attract skilled migrants through the Skilled Regional State Nominated visa (sub-class 489).

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) Chair Russell Stewart said “Skilled migration unquestionably delivers a win-win both for employers who cannot fill a position locally and for professionals from overseas. RDANI is producing a second series of skilled migration case study videos. The latest video is now online and I applaud all involved.”

The skilled migration case study videos feature unscripted and honest insights from the perspective of both the employer and the employee.

Thanks to the RDANI skilled migration program, Uralla Shire Council has been able to recruit Mustaq Ahammed, who migrated with his wife from Bangladesh. Mustaq, a qualified and experienced accountant, is a skilled and committed employee who has also culturally enriched the workplace.

Mustaq and his wife now feel very settled in the Northern Inland region where he has been working in his role at Uralla Shire Council for over two years. Mustaq has found a rewarding, stable and supportive employer while his family has settled into a place they now call home. “The decision to move to a regional area of Australia was not easy. I think my wife and my son love living in this region even more than me now!” he said.

RDANI Executive Officer Nathan Axelsson is encouraging locals to watch the skilled migration videos. “There has been a lot of misleading hype about migration programs supposedly taking jobs from local Australians and telling our case studies are a practical way of showing the reality of the situation, here in Northern Inland NSW,” he said.

To view the latest skilled migration case study video, please visit RDA Northern Inland's YouTube channel.

Uralla Shire Council General Manager Andrew Hopkins at work with Corporate Accountant Mustaq Ahammed, who migrated from Bangladesh.

Caption: Uralla Shire Council General Manager Andrew Hopkins at work with Corporate Accountant Mustaq Ahammed, who migrated from Bangladesh.