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What is a DAMA?

The Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA or DAMA visa) is arranged by designated areas government and the federal government. Its purpose is to help the employers who are operating in the certain area by sponsoring semi-skilled and skilled workers for those positions where the business is not able to fill the Australian workers locally.
The DAMA is really helpful in providing access to various occupations and which might have a low requirement. It allows the employers to get the approval of sponsor migrant by the TSS 482 and 186 visa stream. Those who are not on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) can get access by the DAMA program.

What areas have a DAMA?

Currently, the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement Mark 2 is the only active apllication. The Northern Territory’s DAMA is replaced by Mk II. The DAMA is approved by Warrnambool in regional Victoria but still, it is not open for application. There is a possibility that more areas will be added like the Kalgoorlie-Boulder regions in WA, Cairns in Far North Queensland, Orana region of NSW, and Pilbara.

What Visa are included with the DAMA Program?

The DAMA program uses the Employer Nomination Scheme (“ENS”) subclass 186 visa and the Temporary Skills Shortage visa (“TSS”) subclass 482.
For the Northern Territory, under the DAMA stream, you can apply for 186 visa if you have worked as an employer on a TSS visa for the last 4 years under the DAMA program. Keep in mind that ENS 186 is not accessible through the DAMA program.

What are the Steps for a TSS DAMA Visa?
Here are 4 steps which are included in this:
  •  For engrossment of the business-labor agreement the business which is sponsoring have to apply to the designated area body like Northern Territory Department of business, trade, and Innovation “DBTI”.
  •  The business which is sponsoring has to apply to the Home Affairs department for getting the labor agreement.
  • For nominating the individual worker, the sponsoring business applies to the Home Affairs Department under the labor agreement.
  • Under the labor agreement, the worker applies for the TSS 482 Visa.
What is the Cost involved in The TSS DAMA?
The cost which is included in an NT DAMA TSS is given below:
  • Cost for applying NT endorsement of a labor agreement is NIL.
  • Cost for requesting the labor agreement is around $420.
  • Cost for steam nomination for Department of Home affairs is $330.
There are charges for the Department of Home Affairs visa.
  • Each applicant under 18- $615
  • Each applicant over 18 – $2455
  • Total Base- $2455
Why choose the DAMA?
From 1st July 2019- South Australia

The SA DAMA (South Australia Designated Area Migration Agreement) include number of differnet allowances which can be accessed by both applicants and employers. There are some concessions which are included in it.

  • For permanent residency, the age concessions are given
  • For certain occupation in the Temporary Skilled Migration Income
  • Threshold (TSMIT) 10% reduction is given.
  • For certain occupation concession of English requirement is given (Overall 4.5 in IELTS with a minimum of 4 in each section).
Occupation Lists
South Australia DAMA Occupation List

Two agreements come under SA DAMA in which concession is included and only eligible occupation is added.

  • Under the Adelaide Innovation and Technology Agreement in the Adelaide Metropolitan region, there are around 60 occupations which are restricted to the employers.
  • Under South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement in the whole South Australia, the employers are eligible to 78 occupations and in the postcode range, 5110 to 5734 around 36 occupations are included.

ANZSCO CODE

OCCUPATION

ANZSCO SKILL LEVEL

ENGLISH CONCESSION MAY BE AVAILABLE

TSMIT CONCESSION MAY BE AVAILABLE

221111

Accountant – general

1

   

551111

Accounts clerk

4

423111

Aged or disabled carer

4

 

721111

Agricultural and horticultural mobile plant operator

4

231111

Airplane pilot^

1

   

342111

Airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic^

3

 

323111

Aircraft maintenance engineer – avionics^

3

 

323112

Aircraft maintenance engineer – mechanical^

3

 

121111

Aquaculture farmer

1

362212

Arborist

3

 

321111

Automotive electrician

3

 

351111

Baker

3

070499#

Bar attendant – supervisor^

4

431112

Barista

4

451111

Beauty therapist

4

 

121312

Beef cattle farmer

1

551211

Bookkeeper

4

731211

Bus driver^

4

351211

Butcher or smallgoods maker

3

394111

Cabinetmaker

3

 

342411

Cabler – data and telecommunications

3

 

141111

Café or restaurant manager

2

 

331212

Carpenter

3

 

351311

Chef

2

 

111111

Chief executive or managing director

1

   

421111

Childcare worker^

4

 

134111

Childcare centre manager^

1

   

312212

Civil engineering technician

2

 

411711

Community worker

2

 

149311

Conference and event organizer

2

 

351411

Cook

3

070499

Cook – specialist ethnic cuisine

3

149212

Customer service manager

2

 

442213

Crowd controller^

4

 

899211

Deckhand^

4

423211

Dental assistant

4

 

321212

Diesel motor mechanic

3

 

411712

Disabilities services officer

2

 

399911

Diver

3

241111

Early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher^

1

   

721211

Earthmoving plant operator – general

4

311412

Earth science technician

2

 

342211

Electrical linesworker^

3

 

342314

Electronic instrument trades worker – general

3

 

721214

Excavator operator

4

149913

Facilities manager

2

   

421112

Family day care worker^

4

 

411713

Family support worker

2

 

323211

Fitter – general

3

 

323212

Fitter and turner

3

 

323213

Fitter-welder

3

 

332111

Floor finisher

3

231113

Flying instructor^

1

   

721311

Forklift driver

4

121213

Fruit or nut grower

1

431311

Gaming worker

4

142114

Hair or beauty salon manager

2

 

391111

Hairdresser

3

313111

Hardware technician

2

 

141311

Hotel or motel manager

2

 

542113

Hotel or motel receptionist

4

 

431411

Hotel service manager

3

313112

ICT customer support officer

2

 

313199

ICT support technicians nec

2

 

272412

Interpreter^

1

   

362213

Landscape gardener

3

 

141411

Licensed club manager

2

 

721912

Line Marker

4

221112

Management Accountant

1

   

225113

Marketing specialist

1

 

322311

Metal fabricator

3

 

121411

Mixed crop and livestock farmer

1

121216

Mixed crop farmer

1

121317

Mixed livestock farmer

1

321211

Motor mechanic – general

3

 

899411

Motor vehicle parts and accessories fitter – general

4

621311

Motor vehicle or caravan salesperson

4

 

621312

Motor vehicle parts interpreter

4

321213

Motorcycle mechanic

3

 

423312

Nursing support worker

4

 

512111

Office manager

2

   

421114

Out of school hours care worker^

4

 

324111

Panelbeater

3

423313

Personal care assistant

4

 

311215

Pharmacy technician

2

 

334111

Plumber – general^

3

 

322312

Pressure Welder

3

 

511112

Program or project administrator

2

   

612112

Property manager

3

   

272612

Recreation officer

1

   

411715

Residential care worker

2

 

142111

Retail manager – general

2

 

621511

Retail supervisor

4

 

131112

Sales and marketing manager

1

   

322211

Sheetmetal trades worker

3

231212

Ship’s engineer

1

 

231213

Ship’s master^

1

   

321214

Small engine mechanic

3

 

399516

Sound technician

3

133611

Supply and distribution manager

1

 

221113

Taxation accountant

1

   

342412

Telecommunications cable jointer

3

 

342413

Telecommunications line worker

3

 

342414

Telecommunications technician

3

 

423314

Therapy Aide

4

 

451412

Tour guide

4

733111

Truck driver – general^

4

121221

Vegetable grower

1

324311

Vehicle painter

3

361311

Veterinary nurse

3

 

070499#

Waiter supervisor

4

712921

Wastewater or water plant operator

4

   

313113

Web administrator

2

 

232414

Web designer

1

 

322313

Welder – first class

3

 

272613

Welfare worker

1

 

411716

Youth worker

2

 

Adelaide Innovation and Technology Agreement (Adelaide Metropolitan region only)

Occupation

ANZSCO or 6 digit code

ANZSCO skill level

Age concession

Biochemist

234513

1

Under 55

Biotechnologist

234514

1

Under 55

Botanist

234515

1

Under 55

Chemist

234211

1

Under 55

Chief Executive or Managing Director

111111

1

Under 55

Chief Information Officer

135111

1

Under 55

Construction Project Manager

133111

1

Under 55

Corporate General Manager

111211

1

Under 55

Digital Artist

070499*

2

Under 50

Electrical Engineer

233311

1

Under 55

Electronics Engineer

233411

1

Under 55

Engineering Manager

133211

1

Under 55

Engineering Technologist

233914

1

Under 55

Environmental Research Scientist

234313

1

Under 55

Environmental Scientists (nec)

234399

1

Under 55

Film and Video Editor

212314

1

Under 50

Fitter (General)

323211

3

Under 50

Fitter and Turner

323212

3

Under 50

Fitter-Welder

323213

3

Under 50

Geophysicist

234412

1

Under 55

Graphic Designer

232411

1

Under 50

Hydrogeologist

234413

1

Under 55

ICT Project Manager

135112

1

Under 55

Illustrator

232412

1

Under 50

Importer or Exporter

133311

1

Under 50

Industrial Engineer

233511

1

Under 55

Laboratory Manager

139913

1

Under 55

Life Scientist (General)

234511

1

Under 55

Life Scientists (nec)

234599

1

Under 55

Manufacturer

133411

1

Under 55

Marine Biologist

234516

1

Under 55

Mathematician

224112

1

Under 55

Mechanical Engineer

233512

1

Under 55

Metal Fabricator

322311

3

Under 50

Metal Fitters and Machinists (nec)

323299

3

Under 50

Metal Machinist (First Class)

323214

3

Under 50

Meteorologist

234913

1

Under 55

Microbiologist

234517

1

Under 55

Multimedia Designer

232413

1

Under 50

Multimedia Specialist

261211

1

Under 50

Natural and Physical Science Professionals (nec)

234999

1

Under 55

Naval Architect

233916

1

Under 55

Other Spatial Scientist

232214

1

Under 55

Physicist

234914

1

Under 55

Plastics Technician

399916

3

Under 50

Pressure Welder

322312

3

Under 50

Procurement Manager

133612

1

Under 55

Production Manager (Manufacturing)

133512

1

Under 55

Production or Plant Engineer

233513

1

Under 55

Quality Assurance Manager

139914

1

Under 55

Research and Development Manager

132511

1

Under 55

Senior Digital Artist

070499*

1

Under 50

Sheetmetal Trades Worker

322211

3

Under 50

Specialist Managers (nec)

139999

1

Under 50

Supply and Distribution Manager

133611

1

Under 55

Training and Development Professional

223311

1

Under 50

Web Designer

232414

1

Under 50

Web Developer

261212

1

Under 50

Welder (First Class)

322313

3

Under 50

Zoologist

234518

1

Under 50

South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement (All of SA)

Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO skill level

Skills and experience concessions

TSMIT concessions

English concessions

Age concessions

Permanent pathway

Accommodation and Hospitality Managers (nec)

141999

2

 

Aged or disabled carer

423111

4

 

 

Audiologist

252711

1

 

 

 

 

 

Automotive Electrician

321111

3

 

 

 

 

Backhoe Operator

721212

4

 

 

 

Baker

351111

3

 

Bar Attendant

431111

4

 

 

Bulldozer Operator

721213

4

 

 

 

Cafe or Restaurant Manager

141111

2

 

Chef

351311

2

 

 

 

Chiropractor

252111

1

 

 

 

 

 

Clinical Psychologist

272311

1

 

 

 

 

 

Community Arts Worker

272611

1

 

 

 

 

 

Community Worker

411711

2

 

 

 

 

Construction Rigger

821711

4

 

 

 

Cook

351411

3

 

Counsellors (nec)

272199

1

 

 

 

Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator

712111

4

 

 

 

Dental assistant

423211

4

 

 

Dental Specialist

252311

1

 

 

 

Dentist

252312

1

 

 

 

Diesel Motor Mechanic

321212

3

 

 

 

 

Dietitian

251111

1

 

 

 

Disabilities Services Officer

411712

2

 

 

Diversional Therapist

411311

3

 

 

 

Driller

712211

4

 

 

 

Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)

721211

4

 

 

 

Educational Psychologist

272312

1

 

 

 

 

 

Enrolled Nurse

411411

2

 

 

Excavator Operator

721214

4

 

 

 

Exercise Physiologist

234915

1

 

 

 

Family Support Worker

411713

2

 

 

Gaming Worker

431311

4

 

 

Grader Operator

721215

4

 

 

 

Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals (nec)

251999

1

 

 

 

Hotel or Motel Manager

141311

2

 

Hotel or Motel Receptionist

542113

4

 

 

Hotel Service Manager

431411

3

 

 

 

Interpreter

272412

1

 

 

 

Loader Operator

721216

4

 

 

 

Miner

712212

4

 

 

 

Motor Mechanic (General)

321211

3

 

 

 

 

Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General)

899411

4

Motorcycle Mechanic

321213

3

 

 

 

 

Nursing support worker

423312

4

 

 

Occupational Therapist

252411

1

 

 

 

 

 

Optometrist

251411

1

 

 

 

 

 

Organisational Psychologist

272313

1

 

 

 

 

 

Orthoptist

251412

1

 

 

 

Orthotist or Prosthetist

251912

1

 

 

 

 

 

Osteopath

252112

1

 

 

 

 

 

Panelbeater

324111

3

 

 

 

Passenger Coach Driver

731213

4

 

 

Pastrycook

351112

3

 

Personal care assistant

423313

4

 

 

Physiotherapist

252511

1

 

 

 

 

 

Podiatrist

252611

1

 

 

 

 

 

Psychologists (nec)

272399

1

 

 

 

 

 

Psychotherapist

272314

1

 

 

 

Rehabilitation Counsellor

272114

1

 

 

 

Residential Care Officer

411715

2

 

 

Sand Blaster

711913

4

 

 

 

Scaffolder

821712

4

 

 

 

Shot Firer

712213

4

 

 

 

Social Worker

272511

1

 

 

 

 

 

Sonographer

251214

1

 

 

 

 

 

Special Education Teachers (nec)

241599

1

 

 

 

 

 

Special Needs Teacher

241511

1

 

 

 

 

 

Speech Pathologist

252712

1

 

 

 

 

 

Steel Fixer

821713

4

 

 

 

Structural Steel Erector

821714

4

 

 

 

Teacher of the Hearing Impaired

241512

1

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher of the Sight Impaired

241513

1

 

 

 

 

 

Therapy Aide

423314

4

 

 

Vehicle Painter

324311

3

 

 

 

Vehicle Trimmer

324212

3

 

 

 

Waiter

431511

4

 

 

Youth Worker

411716

2

 

 

South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement (Postcode range 5110 to 5734)

Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO skill level

Skills and experience concessions

TSMIT concessions

English concessions

Age concessions

Permanent pathway

Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator

721111

4

 

Agricultural Consultant

234111

1

 

 

 

 

 

Agricultural Scientist

234112

1

 

 

 

 

 

Agricultural Technician

311111

2

 

 

 

Aquaculture Farmer

121111

1

 

 

Beef Cattle Farmer

121312

1

 

Dairy Cattle Farmer

121313

1

 

Facilities Manager

149913

1

 

 

 

Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers (nec) (Irrigationist)

841999

5

 

 

 

 

Fishing Hand

899212

4

 

Food Technologist

234212

1

 

 

 

 

 

Forester

234113

1

 

 

 

 

 

Forestry Worker

841311

4

 

Fruit or Nut Grower

121213

1

 

Grape Grower

121215

1

 

Logging Assistant

841312

4

 

Logging Plant Operator

721112

4

 

Meat Boner and Slicer

831211

4

 

Meat Inspector

311312

2

 

 

 

Meat Process Worker

831311

5

 

 

 

Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer

121411

1

 

Mixed Crop Farmer

121216

1

 

Mixed Livestock Farmer

121317

1

 

Nurseryperson

362411

3

 

Pig Farmer

121318

1

 

Poultry Farmer

121321

1

 

Primary Products Inspectors (nec)

311399

2

 

 

 

Production Horticulturalist

070499*

3

 

Production Manager (Forestry)

133511

1

 

 

 

Saw Doctor

323315

3

 

 

Sawmilling Operator

711313

4

 

Senior Production Horticulturalist

070499*

2

 

 

Slaughterer

831212

4

 

Tree Faller

841313

4

 

Truck Driver (General)

733111

4

Vegetable Grower

121221

1

 


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