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Dama Agreements

Dama Agreements
  1. What are the DAMA Agreements?

A DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement) is a formal agreement between a regional state or territory and the Australian government which allows employers to sponsor overseas workers to fill in roles that are in high demand. They are usually in effect for 5 years and allow businesses to sponsor employees for occupations that aren’t listed on 482 (temporary skill shortage list) and 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional List).

  1. Why are they beneficial?

There are a number of benefits that a DAMA agreement can offer:

  1. Leads to permanent residency

For applicants who are trying to obtain permanent residency, DAMA agreements are an efficient visa pathway, unlike standard 482 employer sponsored visas. DAMA agreements generally require 1 year of work experience to apply for employee sponsored visas and 3 years of experience to apply for permanent residency (PR).

  1. Flexibility

Employers are given flexibility to negotiate and enter into a Labour agreement with the Australian government based on the specific needs of their region. By tailoring the agreement according to the economic and market conditions of the region, employers are able to attract the right candidates appropriately for their needs.

  1. Lower entry requirements through concessions

DAMA visas present applicants who are too old to apply for PR through the conventional visa pathways, an opportunity to potentially be granted PR. Applicants who generally have lower English skills, lower salaries, and semi-skilled are also advantaged by DAMA visas, especially if their occupation will not allow them to obtain PR through standard visa pathways.

  1. Addresses labour shortages

Employers are able to nominate and sponsor skilled or semi-skilled employees to fill in roles that have a shortage in skills and labour supply. This allows applicants to have more opportunity and scope with their visas and employment prospects. 

  1. Stimulates economic growth

By filling roles that are in shortage of skills and labour supply, economic growth is stimulated in regional areas, rendering increased job opportunities, business activities and lower unemployment rate.

  1. Which areas have a DAMA agreement?

Currently, 12 DAMAs are in effect.

  • Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement, SA: Skilled & Business Migration
  • East Kimberley, WA: East Kimberley Chamber of Commerce and Industry​
  • Far North Queensland, QLD: Cairns Chamber of Commerce,
  • Goulburn Valley, VIC: Goulburn Valley​
  • Great South Coast, VIC: Warrnambool City Council​
  • Northern Territory, NT: Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement
  • Orana, NSW: Regional Development Australia – Orana, NSW
  • Pilbara, WA: RDA Pilb​ara​
  • South Australia Regional, SA: Skilled & Business Migration
  • South West, WA: Shire of Dardanup
  • The Goldfields, WA: City of Kalgoorlie Boulder​​​​​
  • Townsville, QLD: Townsville Enterprise Limited​

Examples

Production Manager occupation is available in:

  • Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement, SA: Skilled & Business Migration

The criteria for all 3 Project Manager roles are the same as the Food Technologist Adelaide requirements. So, refer to the tables below:

Food technologist occupation is available in:

Skill level1
TSMIT ConcessionN
English ConcessionN
Age concession55
Permanent ResidencyY

Skill level1*
AvailabilityEntire South Australia
Work experienceWithin the last 5 years, the applicant must have gained full time (or part time pro rata) relevant work experience of: TSS (482)*: at least 1 year, where the relevant AQF qualification was undertaken in Australia, or at least 2 years where the relevant qualification was undertaken overseas. SESR (494)*: At least 1 year, where the relevant AQF qualification was undertaken in Australia, or at least 2 years where the relevant qualification was undertaken overseas ENS (186)*: At least 3 years
Skills Assessment RequirementsSkills assessment is only required for applicants who apply through the standard visa pathways of Migration law such as SESR, TSS or ENS programs
ConcessionsEnglish concession Type 1 - TSS (482) and SESR (494): Overall score of IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent) for each individual brand   English concession Type 3 - ENS (186): Overall score of IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of IELTS 4.5 (or equivalent) for each individual band.   Age concession: SESR (494): You must be under 55 years of age at the time of the approved sponsor's nomination.TSS (482):There is no age limit, however to transition to permanent residency, you must be under 55 years of age when applying for the ENS (186) visa, as set out below.ENS (186): You must be under 55 years of age at the time of the approved sponsor's nomination.

*Skill level 1, as defined in ANZCO requires a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In substitution, 5 years of relevant experience, within the last 8 years also is accepted. Some jobs require relevant experience or additional training along with the formal qualification)

*Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS) enables employers to address labour shortages of Australian workers by sponsoring skilled workers. 4:

 DescriptionStayCost
Short-term stream  Occupation will be on the short term-skilled occupations listCan stay for up to 2 years or up to 4 years if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies.   Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years.From $1455
Medium-term streamOccupation is on either Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSS) or Regional Occupation List (ROL).Up to 4 years. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years.  From $3035
Labour Agreement StreamThis visa is for skilled workers who have been nominated by employers with Labour Agreements.   Labour agreements are generally developed between Australian Government and employers. This visa permits you to live and work in Australia temporarily.Up to a maximum of 4 years, depending on the terms in the labour agreement. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years  From $3035
Subsequent entrantThis visa permits family members of subclass 482/457 and TSS visa holders to join the primary subclass 482/457 or TSS visa holder in AustraliaStay is permitted for as long as the visa is validFrom $1455

*Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visas enable regional employers to address labour shortages of Australian workers by sponsoring skilled workers. There are 3  :

 DescriptionStayCost
Employer Sponsored StreamApplicants can live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia   Applicants can apply for PR 3 years after time of visa being granted5 yearsFrom $4640
Labour Agreement StreamEmployer must have a labour agreement with the Australian government5 yearsFrom $4640
Subsequent EntrantThis visa applies for members of the family unit of SESR visa holders who wish to join their primary SESR visa holder in AustraliaUp to 5 yearsFrom $4640

*Employer Nomination Scheme Visas allow skilled workers who are nominated by their employer, live and work in Australia permanently. There are 3  :

 DescriptionStayCost
Direct Entry StreamApplicant must be nominated by employer   Occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations   Competent englishpermanentFrom $4640
Labour Agreement StreamEmployer must have a labour agreementpermanentFrom $4640
Temporary Residence Transition StreamApplicant must hold a 457, TSS or related bridging visa A, B or C   Applicant must have worked for employer full time for at least 3 years   Applicant must be nominated by employerpermanentFrom $4640

https://gscdama.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/approved-occupations

https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/occupation-lists/dama-occupation-list

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-skill-shortage-482

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/skilled-employer-sponsored-regional-494

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/employer-nomination-scheme-186v

For more information, please email: help@comandinimigration.com.au

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