Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA)

What are Designated Area Migration Agreements

Today we have some more great news for migration to Regional States in Australia.

Today’s blog will cover DAMA agreement for Adelaide City (South Australia).

This is GREAT news for South Australian employers in the engineering, pharmaceutical, trade (fitter, welder, etc), Information Technology industry and many more.

Now before I go into the finer details and the technical requirements for the South Australia DAMA agreement, let me first tell you this. 

I can say that from first-hand experience (after living in Adelaide as an immigrant myself) that Adelaide, South Australia is a great place to live, work and raise a family. It has fantastic beaches, a great relaxing vibe and am not being biased but is very multicultural so you will never be short of amazing food, culture and great Barista coffee. Not to mention, the salaries don’t differ too much from Melbourne and Sydney but the rental accommodation is generally much more affordable. If you’re looking to buy, the average house price is also lower in Adelaide giving you that extra step forward towards purchasing your new home.

What is DAMA?

(DAMA) Designated Area Migration Agreement 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. Its an agreement-based framework, providing flexibility for regions to respond to their unique economic and labour market conditions.

DAMA skills assessments are for skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers who intend to migrate to Australia under the DAMA program. The following states/ territories currently have DAMA agreements in place.

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.

Who can sponsor a skilled worker?

A registered business in South Australia experiencing skills shortages for any of the below occupations. All of the below occupations have age concessions ranging from under 55 years of age and other under 50 years of age, that provide a permanent visa pathway to the skilled workers.


070499 Digital Artist
070499 Senior Digital Artist
111111 Chief Executive or Managing Director
111211 Corporate General Manager
132511 Research and Development Manager
133111 Construction Project Manager
133211 Engineering Manager
133311 Importer or Exporter
133411 Manufacturer
133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing)
133611 Supply and Distribution Manager
133612 Procurement Manager
135111 Chief Information Officer
135112 ICT Project Manager
139913 Laboratory Manager
139914 Quality Assurance Manager
139999 Specialist Managers nec
212314 Film and Video Editor
223311 Training and Development Professional
224112 Mathematician
232214 Other Spatial Scientist
232411 Graphic Designer
232412 Illustrator
232413 Multimedia Designer
232414 Web Designer
233311 Electrical Engineer
233411 Electronics Engineer
233511 Industrial Engineer
233512 Mechanical Engineer
233513 Production or Plant Engineer
233914 Engineering Technologist
233916 Naval Architect
234211 Chemist
234313 Environmental Research Scientist
234399 Environmental Scientists nec
234412 Geophysicist
234413 Hydrogeologist
234511 Life Scientist (General)
234513 Biochemist
234514 Biotechnologist
234515 Botanist
234516 Marine Biologist
234517 Microbiologist
234518 Zoologist
234599 Life Scientists nec
234913 Meteorologist
234914 Physicist (Medical Physicist Only)
234999 Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec
261211 Multimedia Specialist
261212 Web Developer
322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker
322311 Metal Fabricator
322312 Pressure Welder
322313 Welder (First Class)
323211 Fitter (General)
323212 Fitter and Turner
323213 Fitter-Welder
323214 Metal Machinist (First Class)
323299 Metal Fitters and Machinists nec
399916 Plastics Technician


Want to know how you can sponsor an overseas skilled worker? Contact us today to find out more.

Call 1300 015 592 


This blog does not constitute legal advice in any way or form, it general information regarding DAMA.

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