Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is to encourage economies in regional Australia by providing job opportunities to Skilled and Semi Skilled workers. Regional Australia has been experiencing both labour and skills shortage, with the DAMA in place employers in designated areas experiencing labour shortages can sponsor overseas workers.DAMA falls within the type of labour agreement stream provided by Home Affairs. The DAMA is a two-tier agreement:
- the first tier consists of an overarching three-year deed of agreement with a designated area representative setting out occupations, ceilings and concessions; and
- the second tier comprising individual labour agreements with direct employers.
- are viable and have been operating for at least 12 months
- have no history of not meeting its obligations to employees
- are looking to employ overseas workers to fill full-time positions with duties that align with one of the occupations on the State Specific DAMA list
- can demonstrate they cannot fill the position locally with Australian citizens or permanent residents
- can provide terms and conditions of employment to overseas workers that are in accordance with those offered to Australian workers employed in the region.