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A new Territory Worker Connect Portal and UK delegation to yield a boost for hospitality workforce: Fyles, Kirby

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The Hon. Natasha Fyles, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, The Hon. Paul Kirby, Minister for Business, Jobs and Training (NT), Joint Media Release, 13 February 2023

A delegation of Territory business will aim to recruit 100 hospitality workers when they visit the United Kingdom and Ireland next month to increase our skilled workforce through the Global Worker Attraction Program.

The Territory Labor Government is working with industry to expand the delegation’s offerings to other critical sectors, including construction, medical and nursing, business and automotive.

To assist businesses in finding new workers the Territory Government is also launching a new Territory Worker Connect portal; an online platform that manages a community of skilled people interested in working and living in the Northern Territory.

From 8-14 March, the delegation will deliver skilled and semi-skilled worker information sessions in Cork, Birmingham, Manchester and Dublin in support of all Territory sectors impacted by critical workforce shortages.

The delegation, including representatives from MigrationNT, will hold information sessions, designed to connect employers with workers and to give job seekers all the information they need to succeed in the Territory job market, along with information about visa pathways in Australia.

To find out more about the Global Worker Attraction Program visit

Quotes attributable to Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles:

“The Territory Labor Government is continuing to address our worker shortage through $12.8 million worker attraction fund. 

“We must continue to grow our local workforce capability while continuing to attract and retain the best and brightest.

“The Global Worker Attraction Program is again proving popular among industry, to ensure the Territory is moving forward and bringing the right people and skills with it.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Business, Jobs and Training, Paul Kirby:

“We have amped up the Global Worker Attraction Program and will be one of the first Australian jurisdictions to deliver an industry delegation on ground, in the UK and Ireland. 

“We know that more people moving to the Territory equals more jobs and a key source of investment into new and existing Territory businesses.

“The Territory has a long and proud history of migration and interstate and overseas nationals and they have played an important role in meeting the Territory’s workforce needs and are a key contributor to economic growth, population growth and social diversity.”

Quotes attributable to Hospitality NT CEO, Alex Bruce:

“The NT has a long and proud history of skilled worker migration from the UK and Ireland and this delegation seeks to reconnect these pathways to our industry in the NT, after several Covid interrupted years.

 “As an industry we are doing all we can to get workers here to the NT for what should be another very busy tourism season.

 “In addition to working with local schools, RTOs, advertising domestically, through the support from the NT Government, the delegation of Hospitality employers will connect with UK and Ireland universities, target skilled hospitality workers and promote the working opportunities under the Working Holiday Maker visa.”


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