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



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.

111111 Chief Executive or Managing Director
121111 Aquaculture Farmer
121312 Beef Cattle Farmer
131112 Sales and Marketing Manager
132211 Finance Manager
133111 Construction Project Manager
133211 Engineering Manager
133513 Production Manager (Mining)
135111 Chief Information Officer
135112 ICT Project Manager
139911 Arts Administrator or Manager
139912 Environmental Manager
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager
142111 Retail Manager (General)
2211* Accountants
221213 External Auditor
223111 Human Resource Adviser
223311 Training and Development Professional
224611 Librarian
231111 Aeroplane Pilot
231212 Ship's Engineer
231213 Ship's Master
231214 Ship's Officer
233411 Electronics Engineer
233512 Mechanical Engineer
241111 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher
242111 University Lecturer
242211 Vocational Education Teacher
251513 Retail Pharmacist
253111 General Practitioner
2611* ICT Business and Systems Analysts
261313 Software Engineer
2621* Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists
312113 Building Inspector
3131* ICT Support Technicians
321211 Motor Mechanic (General)
323211 Fitter (General)
334111 Plumber (General)
341111 Electrician (General)
342111 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
351311 Chef
351411 Cook (includes Ethnic Cuisine)
391111 Hairdresser
394111 Cabinetmaker
411511 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker
411711 Community Worker
411712 Disabilities Services Officer
411714 Parole or Probation Officer
421111 Child Care Worker
423111 Aged or Disabled Carer
423313 Personal Care Assistant
612112 Property Manager
721311 Forklift Driver  

* 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.

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.

By Mosiqi Acharya  SBS Australia

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