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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.
- 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)
At the time of writing there are seven DAMA lists in place:
- The Orana region DAMA
- The Northern Territory DAMA II
- The Far North Queensland DAMA
- The Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement DAMA (Metro)
- The South Australian Regional Workforce DAMA (Regional)
- The Victoria’s Great South Coast DAMA
- The Goldfields DAMA
You can refer to the Department website for the latest DAMA lists.
You can speak with a Migration Agent by booking a consultation.