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Australian Designated Area Migration Agreement 

What Is a DAMA?

A Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) provides flexibility for states, territories or regions to respond to their unique economic and labour market conditions through an agreement-based framework.

DAMA or the DAMA visa, is designed to assist employers operating in a certain areas by sponsoring skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local Australian workers.

The DAMA is an agreement for a specific area that can provide access to a larger amount of occupations and may have lower requirements. The DAMA labour agreement enables employers to be approved to sponsor workers through the TSS 482 and the 186 visa streams. Skilled and semi-skilled workers in occupations which are not on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) may be eligible for the DAMA program.

Once a business is approved to be a sponsor under the DAMA, the business will be opened up to a wider range of potential skilled occupations to sponsor.

The Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) is the only DAMA which (at the time of posting) has published their DAMA requirements.

The concessions available under the NT DAMA include:

  1. English requirement concessions (IELTS overall 5 with a minimum of 5.6 in speaking and listening only, NO minimum requirement for writing and reading)
  2. Skills concessions for certain occupations
  3. Broader occupation lists compared to the TSS short-term and medium-term lists. These are more adapted to the local needs of NT businesses.
  4. Employment conditions are better aligned with local conditions – more flexibility in employment contracts compared to the rigid requirements for short-term and medium-term stream TSS.

The criteria for the DAMA is based around lowering the requirements for the 482 visa and 186 visa.

Some lower requirements include:

  • English Concessions
  • TSMIT Concessions
  • Lower Minimum Pay

Please contact Easy Migration Services if you require advice and assistance.

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