Northern Territory DAMA

DAMA for Northern Territory

The new Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) lets the Northern Territory (NT) employers sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local workers. It is the second version of the NT DAMA and applies to the whole of the NT and is tailored to address current and emerging labour market shortages and local terms and conditions of employment.

NT DAMA utilises the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482), businesses enter into a labour agreement with the Australian Government and workers are then granted a subclass 482 visa.

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

The key elements of NT DAMA are:

  • pathways to permanent residency for NT DAMA visa holders (including transitional arrangements for existing visa holders)
  • a broad range of occupations that reflect NT skilled and semi-skilled shortages, with no caveats to apply
  • English language concessions for some occupations
  • salary concessions that reflect NT market rates, ensuring that worker terms and conditions of employment are not eroded, and NT businesses and consumers are not subjected to inflationary costs
  • a range of risk and integrity actions to ensure that the rights of both employees and employers are protected
  • a five year agreement to reduce red tape.
Users of the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement

Businesses can access the NT DAMA if they are actively operating in the NT and:

  • 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 NT 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.
Occupations included in the agreement

The table shows occupations that are eligible for sponsorship under the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA).

It also shows the concessions that may be applied.

Your business can seek a Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) concession. However, there must be a strong business case provided to support a TSMIT concession.

Your business has to show that the salary offered to a prospective overseas worker is at least what an Australian citizen or permanent resident could expect doing the same job in the same location.

ANZSCO code Occupation ANZSCO skill level English concession may be available TSMIT concession may be available
221111 Accountant – general 1
551111 Accounts clerk 4
423111 Aged or disabled carer 4
721111 Agricultural and horticultural mobile plant operator 4
231111 Aeroplane pilot^ 1
342111 Airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic^ 3
323111 Aircraft maintenance engineer – avionics^ 3  ✓
323112 Aircraft maintenance engineer – mechanical^ 3  ✓
121111 Aquaculture farmer 1
362212 Arborist 3
321111 Automotive electrician 3
351111 Baker 3
070499# Bar attendant – supervisor^ 4
431112 Barista 4
451111 Beauty therapist 4
121312 Beef cattle farmer 1
551211 Bookkeeper 4
731211 Bus driver^ 4
351211 Butcher or smallgoods maker 3
394111 Cabinetmaker 3
342411 Cabler – data and telecommunications 3
141111 Café or restaurant manager 2  ✓
331212 Carpenter 3
351311 Chef 2
111111 Chief executive or managing director 1
421111 Childcare worker^ 4
134111 Childcare centre manager^ 1
312212 Civil engineering technician 2
411711 Community worker 2
149311 Conference and event organiser 2  ✓
351411 Cook 3
070499# Cook – specialist ethnic cuisine 3
149212 Customer service manager 2  ✓
442213 Crowd controller^ 4
899211 Deckhand^ 4
423211 Dental assistant 4
321212 Diesel motor mechanic 3
411712 Disabilities services officer 2
399911 Diver 3
241111 Early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher^ 1
721211 Earthmoving plant operator – general 4
311412 Earth science technician 2  ✓
342211 Electrical linesworker^ 3
342314 Electronic instrument trades worker – general 3
721214 Excavator operator 4
149913 Facilities manager 2
421112 Family day care worker^ 4
411713 Family support worker 2
323211 Fitter – general 3
323212 Fitter and turner 3
323213 Fitter-welder 3
332111 Floor finisher 3
231113 Flying instructor^ 1
721311 Forklift driver 4
121213 Fruit or nut grower 1
431311 Gaming worker 4
142114 Hair or beauty salon manager 2
391111 Hairdresser 3
313111 Hardware technician 2
141311 Hotel or motel manager 2
542113 Hotel or motel receptionist 4
431411 Hotel service manager 3
313112 ICT customer support officer 2  ✓
313199 ICT support technicians nec 2  ✓
272412 Interpreter^ 1
362213 Landscape gardener 3
141411 Licensed club manager 2
721912 Linemarker 4
221112 Management accountant 1
225113 Marketing specialist 1
322311 Metal fabricator 3
121411 Mixed crop and livestock farmer 1
121216 Mixed crop farmer 1
121317 Mixed livestock farmer 1
321211 Motor mechanic – general 3
899411 Motor vehicle parts and accessories fitter – general 4
621311 Motor vehicle or caravan salesperson 4
621312 Motor vehicle parts interpreter 4
321213 Motorcycle mechanic 3
423312 Nursing support worker 4
512111 Office manager 2
421114 Out of school hours care worker^ 4
324111 Panelbeater 3
423313 Personal care assistant 4
311215 Pharmacy technician 2
334111 Plumber – general^ 3
322312 Pressure welder 3
511112 Program or project administrator 2
612112 Property manager 3
272612 Recreation officer 1
411715 Residential care worker 2
142111 Retail manager – general 2
621511 Retail supervisor 4
131112 Sales and marketing manager 1
322211 Sheetmetal trades worker 3
231212 Ship’s engineer 1
231213 Ship’s master^ 1
321214 Small engine mechanic 3
399516 Sound technician 3
133611 Supply and distribution manager 1
221113 Taxation accountant 1
342412 Telecommunications cable jointer 3
342413 Telecommunications linesworker 3
342414 Telecommunications technician 3
423314 Therapy aide 4
451412 Tour guide 4
733111 Truck driver – general^ 4
121221 Vegetable grower 1
324311 Vehicle painter 3
361311 Veterinary nurse 3  ✓
070499# Waiter supervisor 4
712921 Waste water or water plant operator 4
313113 Web administrator 2
232414 Web designer 1
322313 Welder – first class 3
272613 Welfare worker 1
411716 Youth worker 2

# occupations not listed in ANZSCO
^ applicants must meet occupational licensing or registration requirements.

Concessions available

The Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) provides eligible businesses access to occupations not available through the standard stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) visa. It also provides for English language and Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) concessions.

View the occupation included in the agreement for the concessions that are available for each occupation. Not all occupations are eligible for concessions.

Additional occupations not in ANZSCO

The NT DAMA is unique in that it provides access to three occupations not in the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation (ANZSCO).

These are:

  • bar attendant (supervisor)
  • waiter (supervisor)
  • cook (specialist ethnic cuisine)

For the purposes of the NT DAMA these occupations have been given the code 070499.

For these occupations, applicants need to demonstrate that skills, qualifications and experience align to the following sample position descriptions:

  • Bar attendant (supervisor)
    Bar attendant (supervisor)
  • Waiter (supervisor)
    Waiter (supervisor)
  • Cook (specialist ethnic cuisine)
    Cook (specialist ethnic cuisine)
English language concessions

The English language concessions are available to overseas workers applying for a temporary TSS visa, and those transitioning to Australian permanent residency through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) labour agreement pathway.

IELTS band Standard TSS concession ENS concession
Overall Medium term stream – 5.0
Short term stream – 5.0
5.0 5.0
Speaking Medium term stream – 5.0
Short term stream – 4.5
4.0 4.5
Listening Medium term stream – 5.0
Short term stream – 4.5
4.0 4.5
Reading Medium term stream – 5.0
Short term stream – 4.5
No minimum 4.5
Writing Medium term stream – 5.0
Short term stream – 4.5
No minimum 4.5

Some applicants do not need to undertake an English test. For further information contact us.

Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold concessions

All workers employed under the DAMA must be employed under Australian employment conditions and receive no less than what an Australian would to undertake the same job in the same location.

Many employer sponsored visa programs, including the standard TSS program, have a minimum threshold that can be paid. The TSMIT which currently sits at $53,900 also applies.

The TSMIT concessions available for employers are:

Concession type 1 – up to a 10% concession to the TSMIT

Businesses must demonstrate the annual monetary earnings provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT, ie no less than $48,510.

Concession type 2 – up to a 10% concession to the TSMIT, and the inclusion of non-monetary earnings (other)
Businesses must demonstrate that the annual earnings provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT, ie no less than $48,510.

These annual earnings can be comprised of ‘non-monetary earnings (other)’ to the value of up to $4,851. Non-monetary earnings (other) refers to benefits other than food and board (eg, phone, vehicle, flights).

Concession type 3 – up to a 10% concession to the TSMIT less non-monetary earnings (food and board)
Businesses must demonstrate that the annual earnings provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT, ie no less than $48,510.

These annual earnings can be comprised of ‘non-monetary earnings (food and board)’. This refers to accommodation and meals benefits and cannot exceed published homestay accommodation rates for the NT. For more information on homestay rates go to the Northern Territory Government website.

Non-monetary earnings (other) refers to benefits other than food and board (eg, phone, vehicle, flights) and is capped at $4,851.

Concession type 4 – up to a 10% concession to the TSMIT less non-monetary earnings (all)
Businesses must demonstrate that the annual earnings provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT, ie no less than $48,510.

These annual earnings can be comprised of ‘non-monetary earnings (food and board)’ and ‘non-monetary earnings (other)’. Non-monetary earnings (food and board) refers to accommodation and meals benefits and cannot exceed published homestay accommodation rates for the NT.

Important:
Employers that seek concessions based on non-monetary benefits provided to overseas workers must ensure the:
  • benefits support the living costs of the overseas worker, and
  • overseas worker would have incurred that cost had it not been provided by the approved sponsor, and
  • benefits are quantifiable, and
  • benefits are consistent with terms and conditions provided to existing Australians employed in a similar position, and
  • benefits are guaranteed in the employment contract, and
  • benefits exclude contingent payments such as overtime (other than guaranteed overtime), bonuses and commissions.

Expansion of Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs)

The expansion of Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) will get the right skills into the right regions, to support regional businesses and make sure local communities thrive.

These tailored agreements are a formal agreement between the Australian Government and a specific regional area. They enable participating regions to respond to their unique workforce shortages by accessing experienced overseas workers for vacant skilled or semi-skilled occupations that cannot be filled by Australian workers from the local labour market.

The Northern Territory DAMA has been operating successfully since 2015 and a further five-year agreement commenced in December 2018. The Minister has also agreed to establish DAMAs in additional regional locations:

  • Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia (Goldfields)
  • Regional South Australia
  • Adelaide City
  • Great South Coast, Victoria (which was announced late last year).

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