~ Federal Government announces 'Designated Area Migration Agreements' with South Australian Government ~

In 2018 the UDIA released its Grow|Reform|Build Advocacy platform. One of the most important policy outcomes our members asked for was a clear strategy with specific initiatives to help boost South Australia's population. 

Since then, the UDIA has been tirelessly advocating for population growth in a number of ways, including:
  • Lobbying all members of Parliament in the lead up to the 2018 State Election
  • Providing submissions and addressing a Parliamentary Inquiry into the economic benefits of increasing Migration (read the letter here and Parliamentary transcript here)
  • Participating and supporting South Australian industry led calls for review of the DAMA
  • Advocating for a more balanced settlement strategy in the UDIA National Dossier (read here)
At the recent February Federal Leaders Lunch, we were pleased to hear both the Hon. Christopher Pyne and the Hon. Mark Butler speak in support of an increase to South Australia's population growth.

Importantly, this sentiment was affirmed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week when he visited Adelaide, with the Prime Minister stating, 'We want to support a migration program that supports South Australia'.

The Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA) will operate for five years and support population growth and economic activity across South Australia both across the city and in the regions.

This is another small step forward and the UDIA applauds the State and Federal Governments for showing what can be done to grow South Australia when all levels of government work together.