The following three Designated Area Migration Agreements are in effect in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia:
- Orana Designated Area Migration Agreement
- South Australian Regional Designated Migration Agreement
- Pilbara Designated Migration Agreement
Orana Designated Area Migration Agreement
The Orana Designated Area Migration Agreement is between the Australian Government and Regional Development Australia Orana (RDA Orana) in New South Wales. RDA Orana has negotiated an agreement for the Orana region that includes specific occupations and conditions that address the most acute labour shortages for the region.
The Orana DAMA is an employer-sponsored visa program so individual workers are unable to apply for the visa independently.
Following endorsement from RDA Orana, businesses apply for and enter into a labour agreement with the department of Home Affairs. Endorsed employers can then lodge a nomination for the position required which workers can then apply for and be granted a Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (Subclass 482) or an Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (Subclass 186).
Essential elements of the Orana DAMA:
- It’s a five-year agreement
- It has a pathway to permanent residency
- It caters for a broad range of occupations that reflect skilled and semi-skilled shortages in the Orana
- It offers English language concessions for some occupations
- It offers salary concessions that reflect the Orana region’s market rates, ensuring that local worker terms and conditions of employment are not eroded
- It incorporates a range of risk and integrity actions to ensure the protection of rights for employees and employers
South Australian Regional Designated Area Migration Agreement
The South Australian Regional DAMA focuses on South Australia’s regional high growth industries which include agribusiness, forestry, health and social services, tourism and hospitality, construction and mining.
In order for an employer to take part in the South Australian Designated Area Migration Agreement, they must seek endorsement from the Designated Area Representative. Once an employer has been endorsed, they may employ skilled migrants under the Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (subclass 482) or the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Provisional Visa (subclass 494).
The Pilbara Designated Area Migration Agreement
The Pilbara DAMA is a five-year labour agreement between the Federal Government and Regional Development Australia Pilbara (RDA Pilbara). It aims to provide businesses in the City of Karratha and the Town of Port Hedland in Western Australia the opportunity to employ overseas workers under a Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (Subclass 482), a Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional Visa (Subclass 494) or the Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186).
The DAMA includes 66 occupations across multiple industries that are significant to the Pilbara region. These include childcare workers, hospitality supervisors and aged or disabled carers.
If you have any questions or would like to employ overseas workers under a Designated Area Migration Agreement, contact the team at Visa Solutions Australia on 1800 828 008 or send us an email.