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DAMA – Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement


What is DAMA?

DAMA – Designated Area Migration Agreement, is an employer sponsored Australian Visa program. Individuals cannot apply for the Visa under DAMA independently. Applicants must have a job offer from an employer based in Northern Territory. The Employer must meet specific requirements in order to sponsor an overseas worker.

DAMA main features:

A broad range of occupations available for sponsorship not available under the standard Employer Sponsored Visa

– Concessions available for English language and TSMIT salary levels *(conditions apply)

– Pathways to permanent residency *(might need to be sponsored by the employer

– Five year agreement for employers

– No age limit *( Permanent residency Visa age limit applies)

Occupations on the DAMA list:

Note: each occupation has specific requirements in terms of qualifications level and required years of work experience to apply under DAMA:

Occupation English concession may be available TSMIT concession may be available
Accountant – general
Accounts clerk
Aged or disabled carer
Agricultural and horticultural mobile plant operator
Aeroplane pilot^
Airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic^
Aircraft maintenance engineer – avionics^  ✓
Aircraft maintenance engineer – mechanical^  ✓
Aquaculture farmer
Automotive electrician
Bar attendant – supervisor^
Beauty therapist
Beef cattle farmer
Bus driver^
Butcher or smallgoods maker
Cabler – data and telecommunications
Café or restaurant manager  ✓
Chief executive or managing director
Childcare worker^
Childcare centre manager^
Civil engineering technician
Community worker
Conference and event organiser  ✓
Cook – specialist ethnic cuisine
Customer service manager  ✓
Crowd controller^
Dental assistant
Diesel motor mechanic
Disabilities services officer
Early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher^
Earthmoving plant operator – general
Earth science technician  ✓
Electrical linesworker^
Electronic instrument trades worker – general
Excavator operator
Facilities manager
Family day care worker^
Family support worker
Fitter – general
Fitter and turner
Floor finisher
Flying instructor^
Forklift driver
Fruit or nut grower
Gaming worker
Hair or beauty salon manager
Hardware technician
Hotel or motel manager
Hotel or motel receptionist
Hotel service manager
ICT customer support officer  ✓
ICT support technicians nec  ✓
Landscape gardener
Licensed club manager
Management accountant
Marketing specialist
Metal fabricator
Mixed crop and livestock farmer
Mixed crop farmer
Mixed livestock farmer
Motor mechanic – general
Motor vehicle parts and accessories fitter – general
Motor vehicle or caravan salesperson
Motor vehicle parts interpreter
Motorcycle mechanic
Nursing support worker
Office manager
Out of school hours care worker^
Personal care assistant
Pharmacy technician
Plumber – general^
Pressure welder
Program or project administrator
Property manager
Recreation officer
Residential care worker
Retail manager – general
Retail supervisor
Sales and marketing manager
Sheetmetal trades worker
Ship’s engineer
Ship’s master^
Small engine mechanic
Sound technician
Supply and distribution manager
Taxation accountant
Telecommunications cable jointer
Telecommunications linesworker
Telecommunications technician
Therapy aide
Tour guide
Truck driver – general^
Vegetable grower
Vehicle painter
Veterinary nurse  ✓
Waiter supervisor
Waste water or water plant operator
Web administrator
Web designer
Welder – first class
Welfare worker
Youth worker


What it TSMIT?

Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) is a minimum salary level employers must pay to sponsored workers. The current base rate is AUD$53,900 per annum. In addition to TSMIT, a market salary rate is taken into consideration. The market salary rate depends on occupation, job location, job requirements, salaries of others working in similar jobs with similar skills. For example, an employer based in Sydney offering salary of $53,900 to a qualified accountant with 10+ years of work experience might not be approved by the Immigration Department as local salary levels for similar positions in the same locations are higher. In turn, employers based in NT regional area may sponsor applications on lower salaries if concessions are available under the DAMA program.

 How to find employers in Northern Territory:
  • Search online on recruitment websites, such as:

  • Contact Requirement agencies in NT, for example:


Do you have a job offer? We can speak to your prospective employer and assist with the sponsorship process as well as handle your Visa application.

Contact us on 0207 427 5290 or email us: [email protected]

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