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$15,000 on offer for families willing to move to the Northern Territory

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Over 53 occupations have been listed as high priority - including accountants, software engineers, mechanical engineers and chefs.

The Northern Territory wants more people to come and live up north and is offering cash incentives to families, couples and individuals willing to do so.

The government says it will invest $9.3 million to attract more people, including migrants, to the Territory with families being offered more than $15,000 over five years to move to NT to work in "high priority jobs".

This announcement is part of the Northern Territory Population Growth Strategy 2018-2028, where the government hopes to add 21,000 new jobs and $10.4 billion to the NT’s economy in the next decade. 

The incentives include relocation costs, one-off local spending benefit and retention bonus and will be made available to individuals, couples and families willing to move to NT.

Singles will receive $3000, couples will receive $6000 and families will receive $7000 as a relocation bonus.

The one-off local spending benefit of $1250 will be offered after six months of living in the NT which may be used towards costs incurred within the Territory, including vehicle registration, child care and eating out.

After five years in the Territory, families will receive another $7000 retention bonus, Singles and couples will receive $3000 and $6000 respectively.

"Just about every regional centre in Australia is trying to grow their population. It's a national trend," Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

“From November 2018, people who migrate to the Northern Territory from interstate and enter High Priority occupations listed on the Northern Territory Skilled Occupation Priority List will be eligible for these incentives,” the strategy says.

 

Over 53 occupations have been listed as high priority occupations and it includes accountants, hotel managers, software engineers and mechanical engineers.

High priority occupations

ANZSCO CODE

OCCUPATION

ANZSCO SKILL LEVEL

111111

Chief Executive or Managing Director

1

121111

Aquaculture Farmer

1

121312

Beef Cattle Farmer

1

131112

Sales and Marketing Manager

1

132211

Finance Manager

1

133111

Construction Project Manager

1

133211

Engineering Manager

1

133513

Production Manager (Mining)

1

135111

Chief Information Officer

1

135112

ICT Project Manager

1

139911

Arts Administrator or Manager

1

139912

Environmental Manager

1

141311

Hotel or Motel Manager

2

142111

Retail Manager (General)

2

2211*

Accountants

1

221213

External Auditor

1

223111

Human Resource Adviser

1

223311

Training and Development Professional

1

224611

Librarian

1

231111

Aeroplane Pilot

1

231212

Ship's Engineer

1

231213

Ship's Master

1

231214

Ship's Officer

1

233411

Electronics Engineer

1

233512

Mechanical Engineer

1

241111

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher

1

242111

University Lecturer

1

242211

Vocational Education Teacher

1

251513

Retail Pharmacist

1

253111

General Practitioner

1

2611*

ICT Business and Systems Analysts

1

261313

Software Engineer

1

2621*

Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists

1

312113

Building Inspector

2

3131*

ICT Support Technicians

2

321211

Motor Mechanic (General)

3

323211

Fitter (General)

3

334111

Plumber (General)

3

341111

Electrician (General)

3

342111

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

3

351311

Chef

2

351411

Cook (includes Ethnic Cuisine)

3

391111

Hairdresser

3

394111

Cabinetmaker

3

411511

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

2

411711

Community Worker

2

411712

Disabilities Services Officer

2

411714

Parole or Probation Officer

2

421111

Child Care Worker

4

423111

Aged or Disabled Carer

4

423313

Personal Care Assistant

4

612112

Property Manager

3

721311

Forklift Driver

4

* Four digit ANZSCO Unit Group code incorporates occupations within this group. Example ANZSCO Unit Group code 2544 - Registered Nurses has 13 individual occupations within the next level.

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In addition, the Northern Territory Government will also negotiate a refreshed Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA II) with the Commonwealth Government to allow Territory employers to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers in areas experiencing skill and labour shortages.

“Arresting population decline and boosting economy”

The strategy mentions research conducted by the Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute which found five years is the tipping point after which new residents are most likely to remain long-term.

Forecasts show the Territory’s population is likely to fall by 0.7 per cent this financial year.

This population plan aims to arrest that decline and return growth to its historical average of 1.4 per cent.

If this growth is achieved, it would add about 21,000 jobs and more than $10 billion to the economy over the next decade.

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