CHANGES TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA DAMA

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Skilled & Business Migration South Australia recently announced significant changes to South Australia’s two Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).

These changes include:

  1. 1. DAMA Occupation List

    South Australia has secured a range of new occupations under the DAMAs with a focus on health care, manufacturing, high-tech sectors, agribusiness and food production. The full occupation list can be viewed here https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/occupation-lists/dama-occupation-list

  2. 2. Concessions and PR Pathways

  • South Australia now has additional English language and age concessions. These concessions are available at the first Temporary Residence visa stage and now also at the second Permanent Residence stage. 
  • There are also changes to the “work experience” requirements for several occupations that will make it easier for qualified international graduates to be eligible to apply. 
  • All DAMA occupations listed will now offer a permanent residency pathway either through the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa or the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) visa (subclass 494). 
  1. 3. Skills Assessing Authority

    The South Australian Government has been approved to act as a skills assessing authority for occupations that require a skills assessment that currently has no alternative skills assessment authority. This will allow previously ineligible occupations to now be available for skilled migration.

What is the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)?

A Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is a formal agreement between the Australian Government, represented by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and a regional, state or territory authority.

The South Australian Government has entered into two DAMAs with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA): 

  1. 1. Adelaide Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement

    This agreement focuses on Adelaide’s high-tech growth industries including defence, space, technology and advanced manufacturing industries. The Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement is the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) covering metropolitan Adelaide.

  2. 2. South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement

    This agreement focuses on the South Australia’s regional high growth industries including agribusiness, forestry, health and social services, tourism and hospitality, construction and mining. The South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement is the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) covering the entire state of South Australia.

DAMA labour agreements are:

  • – generally in effect for five years; and
  • – use the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) (Subclass 482) and Employer Nominated Scheme (Subclass 494) visa programs.

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 before accessing a DAMA.

DAMA Concessions 

Concessions vary from DAMA agreement and by occupation and can include: 
Concessions
Details

Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT)

Some occupations will be able to access a discount of up to 10% on the Temporary Skill Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) where it is demonstrated that equivalent Australian workers do not receive annual earnings of $53,900

English language 

Eligible occupations can access the following concessions to the English requirements.

TSS and SESR concession:

●       IELTS score of 5.0 overall (or equivalent), and minimum of IELTS score 4.0 (or equivalent) for individual bands, where specified in the DAMA occupation list

●       IELTS score 4.5 overall (or equivalent), and minimum of IELTS score 4.0 (or equivalent) for individual bands, where specified in the DAMA occupation list for occupations in outer regional South Australia.

ENS concession:

●       IELTS score 5.0 overall (or equivalent), and minimum of IELTS score 4.5 (or equivalent) for individual bands, where specified in the DAMA occupation list.

Permanent Residence Pathway 

For Overseas Workers on a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa, a permanent residence pathway may be available through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 visa program. 

For Overseas Workers on a Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) subclass 494 visa, a permanent residence pathway may be available through the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) subclass 191 visa.

Age

Age concessions are outlined against each occupation on the DAMA Occupation List. Overseas workers can be up to 50 years of age when they apply for an ENS or SESR visa.

Eligible occupations

Eligible occupations are those listed on the combined eligible list of skilled occupations (known as the Short-term Skilled Occupation List, Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List or Regional Occupation List) OR only available under the DAMA.

For more information about DAMA approved occupations in South Australia please visit https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/occupation-lists/dama-occupation-list

Skills and work experience

The skills, qualifications and work experience requirements will vary depending on the occupation.

Skills assessment

For most occupations, you will need to refer to the Department of Home Affairs’ skills assessment requirement for the TSS 482 visa.

For specific occupations listed as “skills verification required from South Australia”, the DAR (Government of South Australia) will be undertaking the skills assessment. 

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