How to find an Australian worker
If you want Northern Territory (NT) Government endorsement to get overseas workers under the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) you have to show that you have not been able to get suitably qualified and skilled Australian citizens or permanent residents to fill positions.
Local recruitment options
You must provide evidence of your local recruitment efforts over the last six months. There are many ways you can do this. You could:
- contact a recruitment agency
- advertise a vacancy in:
- professional and trade publications
- industry associations’ newsletters.
- advertise on a recruitment website like:
- work with Job Services Australia, who work with businesses to assess the types of workers required and attempt to match them with trained and work ready job seekers.
- consider employing an apprentice - if you don’t have enough work for an ongoing or full-time apprenticeship position, group training organisations can organise to share an apprentice with another business. Go to the Australian Apprenticeships website
Using the Territory Worker Database to find a local worker
The Territory Worker Database lets jobseekers and employers connect.
You need to know that:
- just searching the database is not enough to demonstrate that you have been unsuccessful in finding suitably qualified and skilled Australian citizens or permanent residents to fill a position
- when potential workers upload their information, the NT Government does not verify the information is genuine - you need to undertake a thorough recruitment process before offering employment
- the NT Government does not play a role in your recruitment process through the database.
To register your interest as an employer, visit the Territory Worker Database, and click on ‘Employers & Recruitment Agents’.
After you have been approved you will be able to access the database and search the candidate pool - this is usually within three days.