South Australia Dama Occupations List
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DAMA Occupations List For South Australia Announced

South Australia has announced the list of approved occupations for sponsorship under the state’s Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) with the federal government.

DAMAs assist employers in filling skilled and semi-skilled positions which are facing a labour shortage in a designated area.

A DAMA offers greater access to occupations and concessions on other criteria when compared to the standard Temporary Skill Shortage subclass 482 visa. Applications under the SA DAMA are also afforded priority visa processing with the Department of Home Affairs.

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.

SA DAMA summary

The SA DAMA will come under two separate agreements, the Adelaide Innovation and Technology Agreement and the South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement. Each DAMA Agreement contains its own list of eligible occupations and concessions available with each list being linked to either the Adelaide metropolitan area or Regional South Australia.

Of note to people who do not currently have an occupation listed on one of the more mainstream Australian Occupation Lists, There are also a number of occupations included in the South Australian DAMA that are not on any other skilled occupation list. Below are some examples listed by the industry they will directly benefit:


Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers nec (841999)
Fishing Hand (899212)
Meat Process Worker (831311)
Production Horticulturalist *
Senior Production Horticulturalist *
Slaughterer (831212)


Aged or Disabled Carer (423111)
Nursing Support Worker (423312)
Personal Care Assistant (423313)
Therapy Aide (423314)

Mining and Construction

Driller (712211)
Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) (721211)
Loader Operator (721216)
Miner (712212)
Sand Blaster (711913)
Scaffolder (821712)
Shot Firer (712213)
Truck Driver (General (733111)

Film and Gaming

Digital Artist *
Senior Digital Artist *

Hospitality and Tourism

Passenger Coach Driver (731213)
Gaming Worker (431311)
Hotel or Motel Receptionist (542113)
Waiter (431511)

Note: * denotes that the occupation is not listed in ANZSCO and has been identified by the SA government.

We’ll cover each of the DAMA lists in more detail below.

Adelaide Innovation and Technology Agreement

  • 60 occupations are eligible
  • Restricted to employers in the Adelaide Metropolitan region (Greater Adelaide)
  • Age concessions to facilitate a permanent residency pathway
  • All occupations have a pathway to permanent residency via the Employer Nomination Scheme subclass 186 visa.

Adelaide Innovation and Technology Agreement Occupations (Adelaide Metropolitan region only)

Occupation ANZSCO or 6 digit code ANZSCO skill level Age concession
Biochemist 234513 1 Under 55
Biotechnologist 234514 1 Under 55
Botanist 234515 1 Under 55
Chemist 234211 1 Under 55
Chief Executive or Managing Director 111111 1 Under 55
Chief Information Officer 135111 1 Under 55
Construction Project Manager 133111 1 Under 55
Corporate General Manager 111211 1 Under 55
Digital Artist 070499* 2 Under 50
Electrical Engineer 233311 1 Under 55
Electronics Engineer 233411 1 Under 55
Engineering Manager 133211 1 Under 55
Engineering Technologist 233914 1 Under 55
Environmental Research Scientist 234313 1 Under 55
Environmental Scientists (nec) 234399 1 Under 55
Film and Video Editor 212314 1 Under 50
Fitter (General) 323211 3 Under 50
Fitter and Turner 323212 3 Under 50
Fitter-Welder 323213 3 Under 50
Geophysicist 234412 1 Under 55
Graphic Designer 232411 1 Under 50
Hydrogeologist 234413 1 Under 55
ICT Project Manager 135112 1 Under 55
Illustrator 232412 1 Under 50
Importer or Exporter 133311 1 Under 50
Industrial Engineer 233511 1 Under 55
Laboratory Manager 139913 1 Under 55
Life Scientist (General) 234511 1 Under 55
Life Scientists (nec) 234599 1 Under 55
Manufacturer 133411 1 Under 55
Marine Biologist 234516 1 Under 55
Mathematician 224112 1 Under 55
Mechanical Engineer 233512 1 Under 55
Metal Fabricator 322311 3 Under 50
Metal Fitters and Machinists (nec) 323299 3 Under 50
Metal Machinist (First Class) 323214 3 Under 50
Meteorologist 234913 1 Under 55
Microbiologist 234517 1 Under 55
Multimedia Designer 232413 1 Under 50
Multimedia Specialist 261211 1 Under 50
Natural and Physical Science Professionals (nec) 234999 1 Under 55
Naval Architect 233916 1 Under 55
Other Spatial Scientist 232214 1 Under 55
Physicist 234914 1 Under 55
Plastics Technician 399916 3 Under 50
Pressure Welder 322312 3 Under 50
Procurement Manager 133612 1 Under 55
Production Manager (Manufacturing) 133512 1 Under 55
Production or Plant Engineer 233513 1 Under 55
Quality Assurance Manager 139914 1 Under 55
Research and Development Manager 132511 1 Under 55
Senior Digital Artist 070499* 1 Under 50
Sheetmetal Trades Worker 322211 3 Under 50
Specialist Managers (nec) 139999 1 Under 50
Supply and Distribution Manager 133611 1 Under 55
Training and Development Professional 223311 1 Under 50
Web Designer 232414 1 Under 50
Web Developer 261212 1 Under 50
Welder (First Class) 322313 3 Under 50
Zoologist 234518 1 Under 50
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South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement

  • 114 occupations are eligible;
    • 78 occupations eligible for employers in the whole of South Australia.
    • 36 occupations eligible for employers in the postcode range 5110 to 5734 (non-metropolitan SA)
  • Concessions vary per occupation and include:
    • Skills and experience;
    • Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT);
    • English;
    • and age concessions to facilitate a permanent residency pathway
  • Only certain occupations have a pathway to permanent residency via the Employer Nomination Scheme subclass 186 visa.

South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement Occupations (All of SA)

Please note: This is quite a wide table so dependent on your screen resolution, you may need to use the scroll bar at the bottom of the table to view all columns, or simply drag with your fingers if using a mobile device ;-) 

Occupation ANZSCO code ANZSCO skill level Skills and experience concessions TSMIT concessions English concessions Age concessions Permanent pathway
Accommodation and Hospitality Managers (nec) 141999 2  
Aged or disabled carer 423111 4    
Audiologist 252711 1          
Automotive Electrician 321111 3        
Backhoe Operator 721212 4      
Baker 351111 3  
Bar Attendant 431111 4    
Bulldozer Operator 721213 4      
Cafe or Restaurant Manager 141111 2  
Chef 351311 2      
Chiropractor 252111 1          
Clinical Psychologist 272311 1          
Community Arts Worker 272611 1          
Community Worker 411711 2        
Construction Rigger 821711 4      
Cook 351411 3  
Counsellors (nec) 272199 1      
Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator 712111 4      
Dental assistant 423211 4    
Dental Specialist 252311 1      
Dentist 252312 1      
Diesel Motor Mechanic 321212 3        
Dietitian 251111 1      
Disabilities Services Officer 411712 2    
Diversional Therapist 411311 3      
Driller 712211 4      
Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) 721211 4      
Educational Psychologist 272312 1          
Enrolled Nurse 411411 2    
Excavator Operator 721214 4      
Exercise Physiologist 234915 1      
Family Support Worker 411713 2    
Gaming Worker 431311 4    
Grader Operator 721215 4      
Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals (nec) 251999 1      
Hotel or Motel Manager 141311 2  
Hotel or Motel Receptionist 542113 4    
Hotel Service Manager 431411 3      
Interpreter 272412 1      
Loader Operator 721216 4      
Miner 712212 4      
Motor Mechanic (General) 321211 3        
Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General) 899411 4
Motorcycle Mechanic 321213 3        
Nursing support worker 423312 4    
Occupational Therapist 252411 1          
Optometrist 251411 1          
Organisational Psychologist 272313 1          
Orthoptist 251412 1      
Orthotist or Prosthetist 251912 1          
Osteopath 252112 1          
Panelbeater 324111 3      
Passenger Coach Driver 731213 4    
Pastrycook 351112 3  
Personal care assistant 423313 4    
Physiotherapist 252511 1          
Podiatrist 252611 1          
Psychologists (nec) 272399 1          
Psychotherapist 272314 1      
Rehabilitation Counsellor 272114 1      
Residential Care Officer 411715 2    
Sand Blaster 711913 4      
Scaffolder 821712 4      
Shot Firer 712213 4      
Social Worker 272511 1          
Sonographer 251214 1          
Special Education Teachers (nec) 241599 1          
Special Needs Teacher 241511 1          
Speech Pathologist 252712 1          
Steel Fixer 821713 4      
Structural Steel Erector 821714 4      
Teacher of the Hearing Impaired 241512 1          
Teacher of the Sight Impaired 241513 1          
Therapy Aide 423314 4    
Vehicle Painter 324311 3      
Vehicle Trimmer 324212 3      
Waiter 431511 4    
Youth Worker 411716 2    
Mid-year update to South Australias Occupation Lists

DAMA Concessions explained

It is important to note that not all concessions apply to every occupation. You will need to check your individual occupation on the list to see which apply.

There are also several occupations listed that have no concessions available and are already eligible for the standard subclass 482 visa. In these cases it may not be necessary to apply under the DAMA, however, priority processing will still be an advantage over the standard subclass 482 visa.

Is the South Australian DAMA going to open new opportunities for you?

Applications under the SA DAMA will commence from 1 July 2019. Will this open up new opportunities for you? Let us know in our comments below.

Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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  1. Hi Mark,

    Hope you are doing good.

    Do you have any predictions about July 2019 invites for 189? Does the non prorata occupation points will come down to 75 points? Will they increase the number of invites? Will be there any update of occupation list in July?

    Awaiting for your reply.


    • Hi Riya, I expect to see a larger number of invitations in July (numbers have been very low the past two rounds), I also expect an update to the occupations list. Your question around pro-rata points is a slightly more tricky one to answer so we’ll need to wait and see.

    • Hi Mark,

      Thank you for your reply. I was asking about non-prorata points will come down to 75?

      I am wondering is there any chance to remove 312211 from 189 occupation list?

      Do you know the list of caveat occupation?

      Awaiting for your reply.


      • Possibly regarding 75 points but I’m only making this assessment based on the likelihood of more invitations being issued in the early rounds.

        There is always a chance that occupations will be removed though there is a lot of construction work in the pipeline in Australia so the requirement for engineers may remain high.

        For then occupations with caviates, scroll the last table to the right to view the caveats associated with each occupation.



  2. Hi Mark,

    is skill assessment mandatory prior to applying under occupation 261212 (Web developer)? I have around 14 years of experience, mainly in web development.

    I am assuming that DAMA has a different occupation list than a normal list, which may not require any skill assessment.


  3. Hi mark my wife has been baking since 2009 till date with a diploma certificate in baking and she will be 36 by September 2019 what is the best visa part way to toll please healp.

  4. Hello Mark, there is no any chance for a computer network engineer anzsco.263111
    Plus I have a friend qualified too as a Mechanical engineer
    What he have to do now for him finish English test, assessment his certifications and waiting for links you will updates in first of July…right. Thank’s

    • Hi Laura, he may well qualify however please remember that the list of occupations is for sponsored visas only. If an employer looking for excavators advertises a role that your husband applies for, the employer will be able to sponsor your husband to move to Australia. Your husband will not be able to apply for a visa in isolation of this however, as a sponsor would be required to support his application.

  5. Hi Mark, This looks like it might open up opportunities, my wife has worked in the Hotel Industry for over 10 years(Reception, Front Office, Manager), she has her qualifications too. Will you be providing the links on the 1 July? If my wife is successful, will me and my son be able to go with her as dependents, my son is in his 3rd year of high school. Its a shame the analyst roles are not on this SA DAMA list. Thanks for the newsletter.

    • Hi mate. The DAMAs will enable South Australian employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local workers so the application process is very much initiated by the employer.We will of course post more information in the space once the South Austraian government makes this information available.

      Should your wife be the primary applicant. yourself and your children would be able to join her on the visa as dependents.

      Hope this helps?


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