Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA)

The Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) supplements the workforce strategies of States, Territories and regions, to support employers in designated areas and help them adjust to changing economic conditions. This Agreement provides flexibility to such employers based on their specific economic and labour market conditions.

McKkr’s supports Migration Agents and Lawyers to assist their clients have a DAMA in place Contact Us to discuss your clients’ options.

DAMA is a two-tier framework:

  • Deed of Agreement (Head Agreement) between the Australian Government and the defined regional area’s representative;
  • Individual labour agreements with employers operating in designated areas.

DAMA Northern Territory, Victoria & South Australia

Currently there are seven Head agreements in place in defined regions of Northern Territory, The Goldfields WA, Great South Coast VIC, Adelaide City and Regional SA, Orana, NSW and Far North Queensland.

Do not let your clients suffer with skill-shortages as they may have serious repercussions on their business in these areas. McKkr’s will assist you and your clients to ensure a hassle-free process to execute a DAMA. Depend on our experts to get endorsement from the Designated Area Representative and conduct negotiations with the Government as it requires submission of strong evidence to support request to access DAMA to bring more overseas workers than standard employer sponsored visa options such as Subclass 482 or 186. We can include the concessions to standard visa requirements in the agreement such as the English language requirement and salary, if your client wants. To know more, Discuss your Case with us.

Once executed, individual DAMAs are generally in effect for five years and allows your clients to bring overseas skilled and semi-skilled workers to work for them. McKkr’s is the pioneer in Labour Market Test reports and Training Benchmark-B services and we are also industry leaders in many other migration support services. We are able to test the labour market and prove the genuine need for the agreement. We can also help your clients demonstrate that they have a satisfactory record of and an ongoing commitment to, the training of Australians.

We can further assist you and your clients in consultations with relevant Industry stakeholders to include in the request for DAMA. Talk to our friendly coordinator at +61 2 4626 1002 to know more about the program or fill this Form and we will get back to you shortly.