Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)

Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)

A Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is a labour agreement which allows employers to sponsor overseas workers. A DAMA is designed to fill Australia’s skill shortages, while also protecting jobs for locals.

Key points:

  • The DAMA is employer sponsored – an independent individual cannot apply
  • The employer must be endorsed before they can sponsor overseas workers
  • Employers must evidence a genuine attempt to recruit Australians prior to accessing a DAMA

DAMAs provide access to additional occupations and concessions to standard migration programs under the:

  • Temporary Skill Shortage visa (Subclass 482)
  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa (Subclass 494)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)

Active DAMAs

At the time of writing there are seven DAMA lists in place:

You can refer to the Department website  for the latest DAMA lists.

You can speak with a Migration Agent by booking a consultation.

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