Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)

Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) (Subclass 482 to Subclass 186)

Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) (Subclass 482 to Subclass 186)

The Northern Territory Government and Federal Government have implemented a new employer sponsorship pathway through the new Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA).

DAMA permits Northern Territory employers to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local workers. It applies to the whole of the NT and is custom-made to address current and growing labour market shortages and local terms and conditions of employment.

DAMA relies on the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) (Subclass 482). Sponsors will enter into a labour agreement with the Australian Government and workers are then granted a Subclass 482 visa.

There is the possibility for this visa (if approved) to lead to Permanent Residency after a specified time of employment on the Subclass 482 visa.

The Key elements as provided by the NT Government are:

  • pathways to permanent residency for DAMA visa holders;
  • a broad range of occupations that reflect NT skilled and semi-skilled shortages, with no caveats to apply (see below occupations in Table “A”);
  • English language concessions for some occupations;
  • salary concessions that reflect NT market rates, ensuring that worker terms and conditions of employment are not eroded, and NT businesses and consumers are not subjected to inflationary costs;
  • a range of risk and integrity actions to ensure that the rights of both employees and employers are protected;
  • age concessions;
  • a five-year agreement to reduce red tape etc.

Occupations Available

The table below (Table “A”) provides the occupations that are eligible for sponsorship under DAMA.  It also shows the concessions that may be applied.

Concessions

There are several concessions that apply to certain occupations in Table “A” below. These include salary, work experience, English concessions etc. Please contact us to discuss these concessions if you are an employer looking to sponsor under DAMA or are a prospective visa applicant who has a NT sponsor.

Evidence of Qualifications and/or Experience

If a sponsor is endorsed to access an occupation on the Australian Government’s the short-term skilled occupation list, medium and long-term strategic skills list or regional occupation list, then the visa applicant is to demonstrate the same level of qualifications and experience as the standard Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) and Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa programs, however many have access to certain concessions.

Though, a skill Level 1 to 3 visa applicant filling any DAMA occupation that is not on the Australian Government’s short-term skilled occupation list, medium and long-term strategic skills list or regional occupation list must:

  • undergo a skills verification regional area nominated registered training organisation or the NT Department of Trade, Business and Innovation; and
  • meet the skill level as defined in ANZSCO; and
  • have at least two years post qualification experience.

For specific skill Level 4 visa applicant seeking to be nominated to fill occupations listed in Table “B” below, must have at least a relevant Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma or equivalent or higher-level qualification and at least one year (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience.

For all other skill Level 4 visa applicant seeking to be nominated to fill any other skill Level 4 occupations eligible for the DAMA must have:

  • an AQF Certificate II or equivalent and at least one and a half years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualifications experience; or
  • at least a relevant AQF Certificate III or equivalent and at least one year (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience; or
  • at least two years (38 hours plus per week) relevant experience.

Eligibility

There are strict policy guidelines with both the Department of Home Affairs and the Northern Territory Government. These include assessment as to (among other things):

  • the general sponsorship and nomination requirements of the Subclass 482 as applied to all three stream of the Subclass 482;
  • ensuring the nominated occupation must be specified in the relevant labour agreement as an occupation that the party to the labour agreement may nominate;
  • if the labour agreement specifies requirements that must be met by the party to the labour agreement, the Department of Home Affairs must be satisfied that the requirements of the labour agreement have been met; and
  • the number of nominations approved for the nominated occupation must be less than the number of approved nominations under the labour agreement in that year.
Table “A” – Occupations Available
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 Aeroplane 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 organiser 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 Linemarker 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 linesworker 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 Waste water 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
Table “B” – Specific Skill Level 4 Requirements
ANZSCO code Occupation ANZSCO skill level
423111 Aged or disabled carer 4
421111 Child care worker 4
423211 Dental assistant 4
421112 Family day care worker 4
423312 Nursing support worker 4
421114 Out of school hours care worker 4
423313 Personal care assistant 4
423314 Therapy aide 4

Source – Department of Home Affairs and the Northern Territory Government

Please contact our office for us to assess if the sponsor and/or the visa applicant may be eligible for DAMA and the Subclass 482 Labour Agreement pathway. You may Contact us via our enquire now page or call our Queensland office on (07) 5592 0755.