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.
The table below (Table “A”) provides the occupations that are eligible for sponsorship under DAMA. It also shows the concessions that may be applied.
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.
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.
|ANZSCO code||Occupation||ANZSCO skill level||English concession may be available||TSMIT concession may be available|
|221111||Accountant – general||1|
|423111||Aged or disabled carer||4||✓|
|721111||Agricultural and horticultural mobile plant operator||4||✓||✓|
|342111||Airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic^||3||✓|
|323111||Aircraft maintenance engineer – avionics^||3||✓|
|323112||Aircraft maintenance engineer – mechanical^||3||✓|
|070499#||Bar attendant – supervisor^||4||✓||✓|
|121312||Beef cattle farmer||1||✓||✓|
|351211||Butcher or smallgoods maker||3||✓||✓|
|342411||Cabler – data and telecommunications||3||✓|
|141111||Café or restaurant manager||2||✓|
|111111||Chief executive or managing director||1|
|134111||Childcare centre manager^||1|
|312212||Civil engineering technician||2||✓|
|149311||Conference and event organiser||2||✓|
|070499#||Cook – specialist ethnic cuisine||3||✓||✓|
|149212||Customer service manager||2||✓|
|321212||Diesel motor mechanic||3||✓|
|411712||Disabilities services officer||2||✓|
|241111||Early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher^||1|
|721211||Earthmoving plant operator – general||4||✓||✓|
|311412||Earth science technician||2||✓|
|342314||Electronic instrument trades worker – general||3||✓|
|421112||Family day care worker^||4||✓|
|411713||Family support worker||2||✓|
|323211||Fitter – general||3||✓|
|323212||Fitter and turner||3||✓|
|121213||Fruit or nut grower||1||✓||✓|
|142114||Hair or beauty salon manager||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||✓|
|141411||Licensed club manager||2||✓|
|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||✓||✓|
|423312||Nursing support worker||4||✓|
|421114||Out of school hours care worker^||4||✓|
|423313||Personal care assistant||4||✓|
|334111||Plumber – general^||3||✓|
|511112||Program or project administrator||2|
|411715||Residential care worker||2||✓|
|142111||Retail manager – general||2||✓|
|131112||Sales and marketing manager||1|
|322211||Sheetmetal trades worker||3||✓||✓|
|321214||Small engine mechanic||3||✓|
|133611||Supply and distribution manager||1||✓|
|342412||Telecommunications cable jointer||3||✓|
|733111||Truck driver – general^||4||✓||✓|
|712921||Waste water or water plant operator||4|
|322313||Welder – first class||3||✓|
|ANZSCO code||Occupation||ANZSCO skill level|
|423111||Aged or disabled carer||4|
|421111||Child care worker||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|
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.