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.
Subclass 482 TSS concession:
IELTS (general) overall 5.0 Speaking 4.0 Listening 4.0 Reading, no minimum Writing, no minimum
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.
NT DAMA 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.
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.
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.