Australia entered into two DAMA agreements
Recently South Australia had entered into two DAMA agreement, providing South Australian
employers to fill the labour shortages by sponsoring the overseas skilled migrants. Both the
agreement has the separate occupation list and the type of industries
1. Adelaide Technology And Innovation Advancement Agreement- this is for the high- tech
industries, and it covers the Adelaide Metropolitan regions only.
2. South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement- This is for the high growth industries
including the agribusiness, forestry, health, tourism, construction and so on and it covers the
entire state of South Australia.
Immigration SA will undertake the role of Designated Area Representative (DAR), which is
responsible for endorsing employers seeking to access overseas workers through the Designated
Area Migration Agreements
Employers who are facing the skills shortages, the first step will be to apply for the DAR
endorsement. DAR undertakes the assessment and issue the Letter of Endorsement to the employer
and notifies the Department of Home Affairs.
The employer then can request for the DAMA Labour Agreement with the Department of Home
Affairs. If the department approved the agreement, the employer could proceed to lodge the
nomination and visa application with Home Affairs.