A new program allowing foreign workers to fill regional skill shortages will boost rather than undercut jobs for Australians, the government insists.

Assistant immigration minister Michaelia Cash says if businesses can’t access labour, they can’t go on to create more jobs for Australians. “Targeted skilled migration under DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreements) guidelines will provide incentives to grow business and local economies for the benefit of Australians,” she said in a statement…