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DAMA Occupation List Changes for South Australia and Warrnambool 2019

DAMA Occupation List: Australia is one of the most sought after destinations in the world, not only for travel but for education, professional experience and settling down as well. The growing trend for immigration can be seen by the rising statistics which indicate a high index of immigration for Australia. The laws related to immigration keep on changing from time to time. Migration Agents in Brisbane are dedicated to consistently providing information about the Australian immigration news and important announcements related to it.

Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAS) are the occupation lists for enabling the local employers in particular areas to hire migrant people as they face critical skill shortages. They are considered under the Subclass 482 or Temporary Skill Shortage visa regime. They also prove to be instrumental in paving out a way to the permanent Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa.

Details of DAMA

DAMA stands for the Designated Area Migration Agreement, which aims to provide a framework for employers to hire semi semi-skilled Overseas Workers to meet the demand of labor which might arise due to the shortage of labor. It utilizes the labor agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482).

It is worth mentioning that DAMA, being an employer-sponsored program, cannot be used by individual workers to apply independently under this scheme.

It plays a significant role in providing a pathway to permanent residency for certain skill levels.

The GSC region’s DAMA is currently applicable to 27 occupations, with the main emphasis on the agriculture and hospitality sectors.

GSC region covers the areas of Moyne, Glenelg, Colac Otway Warrnambool, Southern Grampians, and Corangamite. The occupation list covers agricultural technicians, livestock farmers, farmworkers of various kinds, slaughterers, and meat processors, motel and restaurant managers, hotel workers, cook, and chef, mechanics and truck drivers.

Warrnambool, South Australia DAMA Occupation List

Warrnambool and South Australia use DAMA to fulfil the demands of their labor shortage and recruit foreign workers to carry out job responsibilities. Companies and Businesses located in these designated areas which are undergoing labor shortage use the scheme to fill the vacant positions with sponsored foreign workers under the agreement. These sponsored workers are eligible for applying for Australian permanent residency after completing three years of work for their sponsors.

Which other areas have a DAMA?

In the current scenario, the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement Mark 2 is approved by Warrnambool in regional Victoria open for application. Some more areas like Cairns (Far North Queensland), Kalgoorlie-Boulder (WA), Orana region (NSW), and Pilbara might be added in the future.

Which Visa is included with the DAMA Program?

The DAMA program includes the Employer Nomination Scheme (“ENS”) subclass 186 visa. It also includes the Temporary Skills Shortage visa (“TSS”) subclass 482.

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