South-West DAMA

DAMA Overview

The South-West region has entered in to a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) with the Commonwealth as a way to address the current skills shortages affecting the region.

The South West DAMA was signed in December 2021 (read Media Release) and took effect from January 2022. It is accessible for businesses operating within the designated South-West region that have advertised but been unable to source skilled workers locally to fill nominated positions within their workforce. Under the terms of a DAMA, businesses operating within the South-West area may be able to access a broader range of occupations as well as concessions not generally available through the standard skilled visa programs.

Employers who have an interest in accessing the DAMA are required to first submit an application to the Shire of Dardanup, who are the appointed Designated Area Representative (DAR) for the South-West DAMA. A positive endorsement then allows you to apply for a Labour Agreement with the Department of Home Affairs.

Businesses operating within the following local government areas will be eligible to apply for endorsement to access the DAMA and apply for a South-West DAMA Labour Agreement with the Department of Home Affairs:

  • 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

Why DAMA?

While priority will always be offered to Australian workers first, there is currently a skills shortage being experienced in the South West region and employer-sponsored workers from overseas can be an avenue to addressing these shortages.

The South-West DAMA exists to provide businesses in South-West region with a mechanism to address its current workforce shortages and to support future workforce planning. It allows employers to access a wider range of occupations, as well as concessions for those employers who are unable to find a suitably qualified Australian to fill a role within their company. As the overseas worker is being sponsored through a Labour Agreement, it ensures the terms and conditions a prospective applicant receives are no less favourable than those provided to Australian workers, providing protection for both employers and employees.

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. Skills shortages was the greatest concern for most of WA businesses.

As reported by the CCIWA, 31% of businesses identified skilled labour shortages as one of the largest barriers towards the growth of the business over the coming years. Skills shortages outweighed other issues as the top barrier to growth.

Furthermore, the promotion and training of Australians by employers entering into a Labour Agreement is sustained by the inclusion of the Skilling Australians Fund levy.

Occupations in demand

Please find below the following occupations that have been recognised as in demand within the South-West. Only the below occupations can be nominated in an application for endorsement under the South-West DAMA.

Please note that thorough evidence of your advertising attempts to recruit a suitably-qualified Australian must be accompanied by any application for endorsement, as well as provided to the Department of Home Affairs in the Labour Agreement and Nomination stages.

For further details on Labour Market Testing requirements, see Department of Home Affairs: Labour Market Testing - Department of Home Affairs

Carers, Health and Welfare Workers

Aged or Disabled Carer

ANZSCO: 423111
Skill level: 4
English concession: Yes
TSMIT concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Child Care Worker

ANZSCO: 421111
Skill level: 2 (Group Leaders)/3 (Non-Group Leaders)
English concession: No
TSMIT concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: ACECQA

Community Worker

ANZSCO: 411711
Skill level: 2
English concession: No
TSMIT concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: ACWA

Disabilities Services Officer

ANZSCO: 411712
Skill level: 2
English concession: No
TSMIT concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: ACWA

Enrolled Nurse

ANZSCO: 411411
Skill level: 2
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: ANMAC

Family Support Worker

ANZSCO: 411713
Skill level: 2
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: ACWA

Nursing Support Worker

ANZSCO: 423312
Skill level: 4
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Residential Care Officer

ANZSCO: 411715
Skill level: 2
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: ACWA

Welfare Worker

ANZSCO: 272613
Skill level: 1
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: ACWA

Youth Worker

ANZSCO: 411716
Skill level: 2
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: ACWA

Hospitality, Accommodation, Tourism and Retail

Accommodation and Hospitality Manager nec

ANZSCO: 141999
Skill level: 2
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Baker

ANZSCO: 351111
Skill level: 3
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: TRA

Bar Attendant (Supervisor)

6-digit code: 070499
Skill level: 4
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Cafe or Restaurant Manager

ANZSCO: 141111
Skill level: 2
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Cook

ANZSCO: 351411
Skill level: 3
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: TRA

Hospitality Workers nec

ANZSCO: 431999
Skill level: 5
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 50
Permanent residency pathway: Yes (conditional for ENS)
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Hospitality, Retail and Service Manager nec

ANZSCO: 149999
Skill level: 2
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Hotel or Motel Manager

ANZSCO: 141311
Skill level: 2
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Hotel Service Manager

ANZSCO: 431411
Skill level: 3
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Pastrycook

ANZSCO: 351112
Skill level: 3
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: TRA

Retail Supervisor

ANZSCO: 621511
Skill level: 4
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Waiter

ANZSCO: 431511
Skill level: 4
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Waiter Supervisor

6-digit code: 070499
Skill level: 4
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Construction and Engineering

Construction Project Manager

ANZSCO Code: 133111
Skill level: 1
English concession: No
TSMIT concession: No
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Civil Engineer

ANZSCO Code: 233211
Skill level: 1
English concession: No
TSMIT concession: No
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: Engineers Australia

Concreter

ANZSCO Code: 821211
Skill level: 5
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 50
Permanent residency pathway: Yes (conditional for ENS)
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Driller

ANZSCO Code: 712211
Skill level: 4
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: No
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Production or Plant Engineer

ANZSCO Code: 233513
Skill level: 1
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: No
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: Engineers Australia

Steel Fixer

ANZSCO Code: 821713
Skill level: 4
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Transport Engineer

ANZSCO Code: 233215
Skill level: 1
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: No
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: Engineers Australia

Agricultural Industry

Fruit or Nut Farm Worker

ANZSCO Code: 841211
Skill level: 5
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 50
Permanent residency pathway: Yes (conditional for ENS)
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Fruit or Nut Picker

ANZSCO Code: 841212
Skill level: 5
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 50
Permanent residency pathway: Yes (conditional for ENS)
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Mushroom Picker

ANZSCO Code: 841217
Skill level: 5
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 50
Permanent residency pathway: Yes (conditional for ENS)
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Vegetable Farm Worker

ANZSCO Code: 841214
Skill level: 5
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 50
Permanent residency pathway: Yes (conditional for ENS)
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Vegetable Picker

ANZSCO Code: 841215
Skill level: 5
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 50
Permanent residency pathway: Yes (conditional for ENS)
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Vineyard Worker

ANZSCO Code: 841216
Skill level: 5
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 50
Permanent residency pathway: Yes (conditional for ENS)
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Dairy Industry

Dairy Cattle Farm Worker

ANZSCO Code: 841512
Skill level: 5
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 50
Permanent residency pathway: Yes (conditional for ENS)
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Dairy Products Maker

ANZSCO Code: 831114
Skill level: 5
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 50
Permanent residency pathway: Yes (conditional for ENS)
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Mechanical Industry

Automotive Electrician

ANZSCO Code: 321111
Skill level: 3
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: TRA

Diesel Motor Mechanic

ANZSCO Code: 321212
Skill level: 3
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: TRA

Motorcycle Mechanic

ANZSCO Code: 321213
Skill level: 3
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: TRA

Motor Mechanic (General)

ANZSCO Code: 321211
Skill level: 3
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: TRA

Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General)

ANZSCO Code: 899411
Skill level: 4
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Panelbeater

ANZSCO Code: 324111
Skill level: 3
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: TRA

Sand Blaster

ANZSCO Code: 711913
Skill level: 4
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Tyre Fitter

ANZSCO Code: 899415
Skill level: 4
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Medical

General Practitioner

ANZSCO Code: 253111
Skill level: 1
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: No
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: MedBA

Sonographer

ANZSCO Code: 251214
Skill level: 1
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: No
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: MedBA

Plant Operators

Backhoe Operator

ANZSCO Code: 721212
Skill level: 4
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)

ANZSCO Code: 721211
Skill level: 4
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: No
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Excavator Operator

ANZSCO Code: 721214
Skill level: 4
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: No
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Loader Operator

ANZSCO Code: 721216
Skill level: 4
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: No
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Technology

ICT Project Manager

ANZSCO Code: 135112
Skill level: 1
English concession: No
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: ACS

Timber Industry

Logging Plant Operator

ANZSCO Code: 721112
Skill level: 4
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Truck Driver (General)

ANZSCO Code: 733111
Skill level: 4
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 55
Permanent residency pathway: Yes
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Sawmill or Timber Yard Worker

ANZSCO Code: 839412
Skill level: 5
English concession: Yes
TSMIT Concession: Yes
Age concession: 50
Permanent residency pathway: Yes (conditional for ENS)
Skills assessing authority: VETASSESS

Click to download the full South-West DAMA Occupation List


Concessions available

See below for an overview of concessions available with a Labour Agreement under the South-West DAMA:

Age Concession

An age concession is available for all occupations for a SESR (subclass 494) or ENS (subclass 186) visa, if at the time of the approved sponsor's nomination, the applicant has not yet turned;

  • 55 years for overseas workers in skill level 1-4 occupations; and
  • 50 years for overseas workers in skill level 5 occupations

English Language Requirement

For some occupations, a concession to the minimum standard English requirements may apply.

  • TSS, SESR: average score of IELTS 5.0 with no minimum component score (unless registration or licensing requires a higher level of English)
  • ENS: The minimum standard English language requirements applicable to the ENS non-labour agreement visa streams under the Migration Regulations apply

Click to access the list of eligible occupations: DAMA English Language Concession Occupation List 

IELTS means the International English Language Testing System or the equivalent in another accepted English language test. For more details on English language requirements, see the Department of Home Affairs: Meeting our Requirements - English

TSMIT (Salary)

For some occupations, a reduction in the current Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) may apply. Where a business case can be made for the reduction, there are two concession types available:

  • Type 1: Reduced TSMIT - at least 90% of the current TSMIT
  • Type 2: At least reduced TSMIT and included non-monetary earnings (such as food and board) equal to no more than 10% of TSMIT

Click to access the list of eligible occupations: DAMA TSMIT Concession Occupation List

For more details on salary requirements, see the Department of Home Affairs: Market Salary and TSMIT

Skills and Qualifications

The following skills, qualifications, experience and employment background requirements apply to the occupations in the below attachment in relation to a subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) and subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (SESR) visas and where eligible, under the permanent residence pathway, subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visas.

Click to access the list of eligible occupations: DAMA Skills and Qualifications

For job descriptions and requirements for the included occupations not included in ANZSCO, see attached: Non-ANZSCO Occupations

Permanent Residency Pathway

All of the occupations contained within the South-West DAMA have a pathway to permanent residency. As follows:

Skill level 1-4 occupations may be eligible for permanent residency pathway after three years holding a TSS or SESR visa
Skill level 5 occupations may be eligible for permanent residency pathway after four years, with at least two years of this period at a skill level 4 occupation.

Apply Now!

If you have any further queries or would like to stay informed of updates relating to the DAMA, please contact the DAMA Officer on 08 9724 0000 or by email: dama@dardanup.wa.gov.au

Quick Links

Form 232 - Endorsement Application Form 

Employers Guide to Accessing a Labour Agreement

Checklist for Sponsors

DAMA FAQ

DAMA Glossary

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