DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement)

Designated area migration agreements

A Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) provides flexibility for states, territories or regions to respond to their unique economic and labour market conditions through an agreement-based framework.

Under the DAMA framework, employers in designated areas experiencing skills and labour shortages can sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers.

DAMAs are designed to ensure employers take on Australians citizens and permanent residents as a first priority and prioritise initiatives and strategies to facilitate the recruitment and retention of such workers.

Note: The DAMA is an employer-sponsored visa program and individual workers cannot apply for a visa independently.


There are no charges for:

  • endorsement by Migration to access the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement
  • labour agreement – Australian Government
  • skills verification for selected occupations – Northern Territory Government.

There are fees, which change over time, for:

  • Cost to request a labour agreement- $420
  • nomination application – Australian Government – $330
  • worker visa application – Australian Government –
    • Primary applicant – $2,645
    • Secondary applicant >18 – $2,645
    • Secondary applicant <18 – $660
  • Skilling Australians Fund levy – Australian Government.

Contact us today for a commitment free briefing with our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne to find more about your visa options.