Expansion of Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs)

As mentioned before, Designated Area Migration Agreement, usually shortened as DAMA, allows employers to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers that cannot be filled by local workers. (Click here to read ‘DAMA info’)

The expansion of Designated Area Migration Agreements will get the right skills into the right regions, to support regional business and make sure local communities thrive.

DAMAs are formal agreements between the Australian Government and a specific regional area. They enable participating regions to access overseas workers for vacant occupations that cannot be filled by Australian workers from the local labour market.

The Northern Territory DAMA has been operating successfully since 2015 and a further five-year agreement commenced in December 2018. Currently, DAMAs have been expanded in additional regional locations:

  • Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia (Goldfields)

  • Regional South Australia

  • Adelaide City

  • Great South Coast, Victoria

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