Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)
DAMA劳动协议：是澳洲政府与在相关区域内经营并获得许可的雇主签订的，有效期5年，适用于Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS)和Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS)签证。
The Designated Area Representative (DAR) is the signatory to the DAMA and is responsible for overseeing the Agreement, including endorsing employers seeking to access overseas workers through the DAMA.
Northern Territory（北领地）: Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement
The Goldfields, WA（西澳大利亚州-金矿-斯佩兰斯区）: City of Kalgoorlie Boulder
Great South Coast, VIC（维多利亚州-Great South Coast）: Warrnambool City Council
Orana, NSW（新南威尔士州-Orana）: Regional Development Australia - Orana, NSW
Far North Queensland（昆士兰州-北部地区）: Cairns Chamber of Commerce DAMA – Cairns Chamber of Commerce, FNQ
Designated area migration agreements
A Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is a formal agreement between the Australian Government and a regional, state or territory authority. It provides access to more overseas workers than the standard skilled migration program. DAMAs operate under an agreement-based framework, providing flexibility for regions to respond to their unique economic and labour market conditions.
A DAMA is a two-tier framework covering a defined regional area. The first tier is an overarching five-year deed of agreement (head agreement) with the region’s representative. The second tier comprises individual labour agreements with employers under the settings of the head agreement for that region.
DAMA labour agreements are between the Australian Government and endorsed employers operating within the relevant region. They are:
- generally in effect for five years and
- use the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) and Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) visa programs.
Employers must seek and gain endorsement from the Designated Area Representative before lodging a labour agreement request.
Under the DAMA framework, employers in designated areas experiencing skills and labour shortages can sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers. Individuals cannot directly access a DAMA. Individuals need to be sponsored:
- by an employer operating in a designated region
- for an occupation that is specified in the head agreement.
DAMAs ensure employers recruit Australian citizens and permanent residents as a first priority. Among other things, employers must demonstrate a genuine attempt to recruit Australians prior to getting access to a DAMA.
If your region is interested in a DAMA, email[email protected]
For information about labour agreements or other options for regional areas, the following resources are available:
We currently have seven DAMAs in place:
- Northern Territory: Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement
- The Goldfields, WA: City of Kalgoorlie Boulder
- Great South Coast, VIC: Warrnambool City Council
- Adelaide City and Regional SA: Immigration South Australia
- Orana, NSW: Regional Development Australia - Orana, NSW
- Far North Queensland: Cairns Chamber of Commerce DAMA – Cairns Chamber of Commerce, FNQ