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A DAMA addresses workforce shortages for which Australian workers are not available, by harnessing experienced, skilled or semi-skilled overseas workers. A DAMA allows employers in a defined geographic region to sponsor overseas workers in a broader range of occupations than are available through the standard skilled migration program. Entity Solutions helps eligible organisations apply for their own DAMA by establishing a business case and managing the entire application process.


  • Employers in designated areas experiencing skills and labour shortages can sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers
  • The scheme is already available in NT, SA (Adelaide City and Regional), Orana (NSW), the Goldfields (WA), Great South Coast (VIC) and Far North QLD
  • DAMAs are granted for 5 years. Once in place, it allows employers to enter into individual labour agreements under the conditions of the DAMA
  • Allows employers wider access to a broader range of overseas workers than available through the standard subclass 482 visa program

Business Benefits

  • Priority processing arrangements will be expanded to include all visa applications sponsored by regional employers as well as other visa appli­cants who will live and work in regional Australia.
  • Retention incentive such as pathways to perma­nent residency for DAMA visa holders (including transitional arrangements for existing visa holders)
  • Five additional points for regional nomination or sponsorship provide an extra incentive for potential migrants to consider settling in regional Australia
  • Supplements the workforce strategies of states, territories and regions, to support economic per­formance and help them adjust to economic change)


There are currently seven DAMAs in place.

  • South Australia: the SA Regional Workforce Agreement which covers the entire state of SA and The Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement which covers the Adelaide Metropolitan region.
  • Northern Territory: one agreement to cover the entire Territory
  • Western Australia: covering the Goldfields region and including the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Shires of Coolgardie, Leonora and Menzies
  • Victoria: The Great South Coast Agreement, which covers the Glenelg, Moyne, Southern Grampians, Warrnambool, Corangamite and Colac-Otway municipalities.
  • New South Wales: The Orana Region agreement, covering 12 local government areas from Mudgee up to the QLD border past Bourke and Lightning Ridge and west to Cobar
  • Queensland: one agreement covering the entire far North QLD region

The eligible occupations offered by the DAMAs are determined in consultation with industry associations and key employers, together with data on skills shortages in key industries directly relevant to the State or Territory. Each area has their own occupation list and these are determined by industry demand.

Yes, there are English language concessions and variations to skills and work experience requirements that differ by region. Please contact Entity Solutions for an initial assessment in respect to occupation requirements under your specific regional area.

No. The DAMA scheme accesses the existing Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa via the labour agreement pathway. Access to Permanent Residence is provided through the existing Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 visa programs.

Yes, dependant family unit members such as partners and children under the age of 18 years can be included on the application. Dependants aged 18 to 23 years can be included provided they are substantially dependant for their basic needs, such as full time students.

All persons included in the application are required to be of good health and will need to undergo a health assessment. All applicants need to be of good character. Those aged 16 years and over will need to provide police clearance certificates.

Yes, you can access Permanent Residence through existing streams such as the Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 visa program.

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