South West DAMA

DAMA Overview

Designated Area Migration Agreements are a formal arrangement between the Commonwealth of Australia and a Designated Area Representative (DAR).

A DAR may be a state/territory government or regional body such as the local government (The South West DAR is the Shire of Dardanup).

Under the terms of a DAMA, the designated area may be able to access a broader range of overseas workers that is not available through the standard skilled visa programs.

This allows variations to standard occupations and skills lists and/or negotiable concessions to visa requirements.

DAMA Labour Agreements are between the Australian Government and endorsed employers operating within the relevant region. They are generally in effect for five years and use the Temporary Skills Shortage and Employer Nominated Scheme visa programs.

The South West DAMA Labour Agreement was established in December, 2021 (read Media Release) and is accessible for businesses operating within the entire South West region covering 12 local government areas that are unable to source skilled workers locally and require the skilled worker to be sourced from overseas. Employers who have an interest in accessing the DAMA are required to first submit an application to the DAR (Shire of Dardanup) to access the South West DAMA Labour Agreement.

Only businesses operating within the following local government areas will be eligible to apply for DAR endorsement and access the South West DAMA Labour Agreement:

  • City of Bunbury
  • City of Busselton
  • Shire of Augusta Margaret River
  • Shire of Boyup Brook
  • Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes
  • Shire of Capel
  • Shire of Collie
  • Shire of Dardanup
  • Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup
  • Shire of Harvey
  • Shire of Manjimup
  • Shire of Nannup

The majority of DAMA agreements include occupations available under the standard TSS 482 visa or regional 494 visa program. However, the South West DAMA provides additional concessions to the English Language and Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) requirements. Where Concession is requested, support data will be required to support the request for the concession. Scroll down to read more information on Concessions available.


Why DAMA?

Different business sectors within the South West region have been finding it challenging to hire skilled labour.

Some business find local employees are not applying for the skilled job whereas some businesses are experiencing a high labour turnover.

Such prevailing factors are forcing businesses to look for potential candidates from overseas. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA) conducted a Business Confidence Survey to find out the concerns towards the growth of Western Australian (WA) businesses. Skill shortages was the greatest concern for most of WA businesses.

As reported by the CCIWA, three out of every 10 (31%) businesses identified skilled labour shortages as one of the largest barriers towards the growth of the business over the coming years.

Skill shortages outweighed other issues as the top barrier to growth.


Occupations in demand

The South West DAMA Labour Agreement may only be used to sponsor the following occupations and only after thorough evidence has been provided to the Department of Home Affairs to show the business made concerted attempts to recruit Australian workers.

If vacancies still exist in the occupations below, you may seek to enter into a South West DAMA Labour Agreement.

Carers, Health & Welfare Workers

Aged or Disabled Worker
Child Care Worker
Community Worker
Disabilities Services Officer
Enrolled Nurse
Family Support Worker
Nursing Support Worker
Residential Care Officer
Welfare Worker
Youth Worker

Hospitality, Accommodation, Tourism, and Retail Sector

Accommodation and Hospitality Manager nec
Baker
Bar Attendant (Supervisor)
Café or Restaurant Manager
Cook
Hospitality Workers
Hospitality, Retail and Service Manager nec
Hotel or Motel Manager
Hotel Service Manager
Pastrycook
Retail Supervisor
Waiter
Waiter Supervisor

Construction Industry & Engineers

Construction Project Manager
Civil Engineer
Concreter
Driller
Production or Plant Engineer
Steel Fixer
Transport Engineer

Agricultural Industry

Fruit or Nut Farm Worker
Fruit or Nut Picker
Mushroom Picker
Vegetable Farm Worker
Vegetable Picker
Vineyard Worker

Dairy Industry

Dairy Cattle Farm Worker
Dairy Product Maker

Mechanical Industry

Automotive Electrician
Diesel Motor Mechanic
Motorcycle Mechanic
Motor Mechanic (General)
Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General)
Panelbeater
Sand blaster
Tyre Fitter

Medical

Sonographer
General Practitioner

Plant Operators

Backhoe Operator
Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)
Excavator Operator
Loader Operator

Technology

ICT project Manager

Timber Industry

Logging Plant Operator
Truck Driver (General)
Sawmill or Timber Yard Worker
Steel Fixer

Click to access full Occupation List with ANZSCO 6 digit codes and Skill Level.


Concessions available

In some instances, the South West DAMA provides for concessions to the English Language and Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) requirements for some occupations, these occupations are listed in the table below.

TSMIT Concession Occupation List

Agricultural Industry

Fruit or Nut Farm Worker
Fruit or Nut Picker
Mushroom Picker
Vegetable Farm Worker
Vegetable Picker
Vineyard Worker

Carers, Health & Welfare Workers

Aged or Disabled Worker
Child Care Worker
Community Worker
Disabilities Services Officer
Enrolled Nurse
Family Support Worker
Nursing Support Worker
Residential Care Officer
Welfare Worker
Youth Worker

Construction Industry & Engineers

Concreter

Dairy Industry

Dairy Cattle Farm Worker
Dairy Products Maker

Hospitality, Accommodation, Tourism & Retail Sector

Accommodation & Hospitality Managers nec
Baker
Bar Attendant (Supervisor)
Cafe or Restaurant Manager
Cook
Hospitality Workers nec
Hospitality, Retail & Service Managers nec
Hotel or Motel Manager
Hotel Service Manager
Pastrycook
Retail Supervisor
Waiter
Waiter (Supervisor)

Mechanical Industry

Automotive Electrician
Diesel Motor Mechanic
Motor Mechanic (General)
Motor Vehicle Parts & Accessories Fitter (General)
Motorcycle Mechanic
Panelbeater
Tyre Fitter
Sand Blaster

Plant Operators

Backhoe Operator

Technology Industry

ICT Project Manager

Timber Industry

Logging Plant Operator
Sawmill or Timber Yard Worker
Steel Fixer
Truck Driver (General)

Click to access full DAMA TSMIT Concession Occupation List with ANZSCO 6 digit codes and Skill Level.

English Language Concession Occupation List

Agricultural Industry

Fruit or Nut Farm Worker
Fruit or Nut Picker
Mushroom Picker
Vegetable Farm Worker
Vegetable Picker
Vineyard Worker

Carers, Health & Welfare Workers

Aged or Disabled Worker
Nursing Support Worker
Residential Care Officer

Construction Industry & Engineers

Concreter
Driller

Dairy Industry

Dairy Cattle Farm Worker
Dairy Products Maker

Hospitality, Accommodation, Tourism & Retail Sector

Baker
Cook
Hospitality Workers nec
Pastrycook
Waiter

Mechanical Industry

Automotive Electrician
Diesel Motor Mechanic
Motor Mechanic (General)
Motor Vehicle Parts & Accessories Fitter (General)
Motorcycle Mechanic
Panelbeater
Sand Blaster
Tyre Fitter

Plant Operators

Backhoe Operator
Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)
Excavator Operator
Loader Operator

Timber Industry

Logging Plant Operator
Sawmill or Timber Yard Worker
Steel Fixer
Truck Driver (General)

Click to access full DAMA English Language Concession Occupation List with ANZSCO 6 digit codes and Skill Level.


How to apply!

Applications for the South West Designated Area Migration Agreement are now open.

If you would like to stay informed on further updates related to the DAMA please request to join our mailing list by emailing dama@dardanup.wa.gov.au

Enquiries can also be emailed to dama@dardanup.wa.gov.au


Information Session

The Department of Home Affairs is presenting a free information session on the new South West DAMA on Wednesday, 9 February, 2022.

View the flier for information and registration details.


Quick Links

Department of Home Affairs – Labour Agreements
Department of Home Affairs – Labour Market Testing
Department of Home Affairs – Market Salary and TSMIT