South Australia Governments New DAMA Occupations and Visa Concessions
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South Australia Government New Occupations and Visa Concessions

Today, the South Australia Government announced that they have agreed to several significant changes to South Australia’s two Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA’s).

Included in the changes are a range of new occupations (with a focus on healthcare, manufacturing, tech, agribusiness and food production) and several new concessions and Permanent Residence (PR) pathways.

In what may be the biggest news, All DAMA occupations listed will now offer a permanent residency pathway either through the Temporary Skill Shortage visa or the Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional visa.

What are DAMAs?

A Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) 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. DAMAs operate under an agreement-based framework, providing flexibility for regions to respond to their unique economic and labour market conditions. All Australian States have them, and you can find links to their respective lists on our DAMA Occupations Lists page.

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Full Announcement from the South Australian Government below

Skilled & Business Migration would like to advise that following the first annual review, the Australian Government has agreed to significant changes to South Australia’s two Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).

DAMA Occupation List
South Australia has secured a range of new occupations under the DAMAs with a focus on health care, manufacturing, high-tech sectors, agribusiness and food production.
View the full DAMA Occupation List here.

Concessions and PR Pathways
South Australia has secured additional English language and age concessions, which will now carry over to the permanent visa. The changes to work experience requirements for a number of occupations will make it easier for qualified international graduates to be eligible to apply. All DAMA occupations listed will now offer a permanent residency pathway either through the Temporary Skill Shortage visa or the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa.

Skills Assessing Authority
The South Australian Government has been approved to act as a skills assessing authority for occupations that require a skills assessment that currently has no alternative skills assessment authority. This will allow previously ineligible occupations to now be available for skilled migration, ensuring workers filling those positions are appropriately skilled.

Skilled & Business Migration remains committed to working with South Australian employers to ensure they are able to fill skills shortages in their businesses.

This will be great news as the changes should (theoretically) make it that little bit easier to migrate to South Australia. For those looking for more information, you can check out the local businesses section of the South Australian Government website here.

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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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