The Northern Tasmania Development Corporation is the regional economic development agency owned by seven councils in Northern Tasmania.
Specifically, these are George Town, City of Launceston, Break O'Day, West Tamar, Northern Midlands, Meander Valley and Flinders.
NTDC has identified the population challenge for Northern Tasmania, whereby we need to attract more skilled workers to the region to revitalise our ageing workforce.
One crucial way to boost our skilled workers is to retain the international students, interstate workers, and skilled migrants that have recently moved to the region.
New arrivals are usually very excited and eager to settle into a new life; however, they typically face some challenges.
Finding a job within the region is one of the most pressing challenges new arrivals experience.
According to recent research by the Department of Home Affairs, "Employment factors were the most important in skilled migrants' decision to move to regional Australia, followed by characteristics of the specific region."
The sectors that are expanding in Northern Tasmanian include health, hospitality-tourism and agriculture.
For new arrivals into the region looking for work, we recommend the following tips:
- Seek volunteer opportunities
- Attend local events, join local sporting teams; build your network - one example is to attend Welcome Dinners see: https://www.facebook.com/WelcomeDinnerProjectTas/
- Reach out to the Tasmanian Employment Network Service for help with CVs and interview coaching (see link here)
- Register with a job active provider, and
- Stay optimistic.
NTDC has launched a dedicated Facebook page to serve as a forum for employers and job seekers to interact with each other.
Available vacancies in the region are posted on the page and job search tips will be shared in the forum.
Employers can highlight areas of skill shortages and specific job roles.
So check out: https://www.facebook.com/NorthTasJobs/ and like and share the site to help us reach as many job seekers and employers as possible. Family integration into the new community is the overarching goal of moving to a new region.
Newcomers who arrive in Northern Tasmania with their family must deal with the slow process of getting members of the family unit settled.
Usually, this means finding a suitable school, developing a social life and finding meaningful work. To have a positive experience in Northern Tasmania, it's crucial that all family members feel settled.
Family financial management is increasingly becoming a significant challenge for Australians and international newcomers alike.
Settling in a new place can be costly, and people who are searching for work are most likely on a budget.
The management of the available cash can become a source of stress and concern for newcomers.
We recommend that new arrivals speak to their local banks at the point of opening an account, to manage new cash flow challenges.
For international migrants, we also recommend a visit to the migrant resource centre for money-saving tips, ideas on where to shop and how to access some services.
For new international students, the student union representative is also an excellent contact to make.
New arrivals may feel initially alienated as they adjust to living, working and studying in a new place, and the lack of social support systems.
For example, Sarah (not her real name), moved to the Meander Valley two years ago from Queensland with her family for work.
"I have found it quite difficult to make new friends," says Sarah, who always feels the need to travel back to Queensland to visit family and friends to maintain that connection.
Nok (not his real name), 22, is from Bangkok, Thailand, and is enrolled in a Health Science program at the University of Tasmania Newnham campus.
"The first year was tough," he says of the loneliness he felt.
"New food, new culture - even a different style of learning - but joining clubs and being active in the community helped me a lot."
Although Nok says he still gets waves of homesickness, especially around the holidays when the university is quiet, he tries to make the best of the situation with functional internet connectivity to communicate with his family and friends.
Plus he has made connections with other Thai people and they celebrate festivals and chat about mutual interests.
NTDC is continuing its work to help facilitate new arrivals into the region and exposing the jobs to skilled workers considering moving to Tasmania.
Also, see the following helpful links below: