What is DAMA?
- Dama stands for Designated Area Migration Agreement
- DAMA provides a framework for employers, in a designated area, experiencing skills and labour shortages to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled Overseas Workers.
- Utilises the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482).
- DAMA program is an employer-sponsored program and individual workers cannot apply independently.
- Provides a pathway to permanent residency (for skill level 1 to 4 occupations)
According to the factsheet published in Warrnambool City Council’s website, the GSC region’s DAMA is currently available for 27 approved occupations, mainly in agriculture and hospitality sectors.
GSC region includes the municipalities of Glenelg, Moyne, Warrnambool, Corangamite, Colac Otway and Southern Grampians.
From livestock farmers, agricultural technicians, variety of farm workers, slaughterer and meat process workers to hotel, motel and restaurant managers, cook, chef, mechanics and truck drivers are included in the 27 occupations list.
13 occupations included in the list offer English language and Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) concessions. View the full list below.
Warrnambool, Victoria DAMA Occupation List
Warrnambool, Victoria DAMA Occupation List with concessions
DAMA uses the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa stream (subclass 482) to offer a pathway to permanent residency for workers and help businesses to address their labour shortages.
Businesses located in the designated area that faces labour shortages and are not able to fill the positions with local Australian workers can sponsor foreign workers under the agreement.
And, sponsored workers can apply for Australian permanent residency after three years work for their sponsors.
Does this open doors previously considered closed?
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