Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA)

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), 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 raise a family, visits unlimited number of great beaches, has 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 does in a positive way  and the buyers property market giving you that extra step forward in 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.


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