The Northern Territory government and the Greek island of Kalymnos have come to an agreement for the establishment of a pilot training program designed to help skilled workers from Greece to work in Darwin, Australia, taking on job positions that cannot be filled by locals.
Thousands of migrants from Kalymnos live in Darwin, thus the city is twinned with the Greek island. Chief Minister Adam Giles stressed that this program was negotiated by the Parliamentary Secretary for Business Nathan Barrett with the governing council of Kalymnos during Barrett’s two-day stay on the island.
Giles said he had meetings with the Greek community of Darwin and the pilot program was a result of those meetings. He stressed, however, that the Northern Territory government “will always look to train local workers as the preferred option for filling workforce shortages.”
“However, past experience shows that despite every effort, training and national worker attraction activities are not satisfying workforce demands in our small business community. It made sense to test this program on Kalymnos, given its strong presence in the Territory’s Greek community,” he noted, adding that employers in Australia’s Northern Territory have already sponsored overseas skilled workers.