DAMA Skills Assessment

The following information provides employers an understanding of the skills, qualifications, experience and employment background requirements as part of the nomination/visa application process.

Occupations on the combined eligible list of skilled occupations    

For the occupations on the eligible lists of skilled occupations (known as the Short-term Skilled Occupation List, Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List or Regional Occupation List) any nomination for these occupations or any application for a TSS or ENS visa connected with these occupations must satisfy the skills, qualifications, experience and employment background required under ANZSCO and under the standard TSS and ENS visa programs.

Other occupations not on eligible skills lists             

For the occupations, which are listed under the SA DAMA but not on the combined eligible list of skilled occupations, the skills, qualifications, experience and employment background criteria will apply to any nomination for these occupations or any application for a TSS or ENS visa made under the Migration Legislation.

Read more on the role descriptions for DAMA occupations not listed in ANZSCO here.

A skills assessment is required for all occupations listed in the ‘not on eligible skills list’. Refer to the DAMA occupations not on eligible skills list fact sheet.

DAMA Concessions

Concessions vary from DAMA agreement and by occupationand can include:
 

Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT)

In relation to the nomination of occupations for TSS visas and ENS visas, employers must meet the following additional requirements. These requirements will be included in the Labour Agreements associated with DAMA. Individual Labour Agreements will specify which occupations are concessional occupations (if any) and which TSMIT concessions (if any) will apply.

For both concessional and non-concessional occupations:

  • ‘Annual Market Salary Rate’ has the same meaning as in the Migration Regulations
  • ‘Annual Earnings’ means an Overseas Worker’s Earnings calculated on an annual basis.

Non-concessional occupations

In relation to an Overseas Worker who is nominated for a non-concessional occupation in relation to a TSS visa, the nominating employer must meet the legislative requirements relating to TSMIT, Annual Market Salary Rate and Annual Earnings which would apply if the Overseas Worker were nominated in relation to the Short-term stream or Medium-term stream in the standard TSS visa program.

In relation to an Overseas Worker who is identified for a non-concessional occupation in relation to an ENS visa, the nominating employer must meet the legislative requirements relating to TSMIT, Annual Market Salary Rate and Annual Earnings which would apply if the Overseas Worker were identified in relation to the Temporary Residence Transition stream or the Direct Entry stream in the standard ENS visa program.

Concessional occupations

In relation to an Overseas Worker who is nominated/identified for a concessional occupation in relation to a TSS visa or an ENS visa, in accordance with the applicable concession type set out below, the nominating employer must provide the Overseas Worker with an amount of Annual Earnings which is equal to or greater than the Annual Market Salary Rate, and Reduced TSMIT.

‘Reduced TSMIT’ means 90% of TSMIT.

The Designated Area Representative will specify in the attachment to their endorsement letter, the TSMIT Concession type applicable to each endorsed concessional occupation, as supported by an employer ‘s evidence-based case for the concession to apply.

TSMIT concession types

Employers may seek endorsement from the Designated Area Representative for one of the following concession types to apply to a concessional occupation.

 

Type 1

Type 2

Type 3

Monetary Earnings

At least Reduced TSMIT

At least Reduced TSMIT less non- monetary earnings (other)

At least Reduced TSMIT less non- monetary earnings (food & board)

Non-monetary earnings (food & board)

Nil

Nil

Cannot exceed published SA homestay rates

Non-monetary earnings (other)

Nil

No more than 10% of Reduced TSMIT

Nil

Total Annual Earnings

At least Reduced TSMIT

At least Reduced TSMIT

At least Reduced TSMIT


Concession Type 1: Reduced TSMIT, and Earnings to include Guaranteed Overtime

‘Reduced TSMIT’ applies.

‘Earnings’ has the same meaning as in the Migration Regulations except that it also includes: Guaranteed overtime where:

  • The guaranteed overtime is consistent with standard industry practice within the sector;
  • There are equivalent Australians performing equivalent work in the nominated employer's workplace at the same location and whose arrangements have been guaranteed in an industrial arrangement for those workers; and
  • At the time of nomination the employer provides evidence that the hours are guaranteed within the employment contract for the Overseas Worker, and confirms the hours are consistent with the National Employment Standards; and
  • Application of the concession is subject to the Earnings being in line with applicable Industrial Awards or Enterprise Agreements and not below levels for Australian employees in comparable roles; and

When calculating an Overseas Worker’s Annual Earnings, the value of the annual monetary earnings cannot be less than Reduced TSMIT.

Concession Type 2: Reduced TSMIT, and Earnings to include Guaranteed Overtime and certain Non-Monetary and Monetary Benefits

Up to a 10% concession to the TSMIT, and the inclusion of non-monetary earnings (excluding food and board). Businesses must demonstrate that the annual earnings provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT. These annual earnings can be comprised of 'non-monetary earnings (excluding food and board) to the value of up to 10% of the Reduced TSMIT. Non- monetary earnings (excluding food and board) refers to benefits such as phone, laptop, vehicle, and flights etc.

‘Earnings’ has the same meaning as in the Migration Regulations except that it also includes:

1. Guaranteed overtime where:

  • The guaranteed overtime is consistent with standard industry practice within the sector;
  • There are equivalent Australians performing equivalent work in the employer's workplace at the same location and whose arrangements have been guaranteed in an industrial arrangement for those workers; and
  • At the time of nomination the employer provides evidence that the hours are guaranteed within the employment contract for the Overseas Worker, and confirms the hours are consistent with the National Employment Standards; and
  • Application of the concession is subject to the Earnings being in line with applicable Industrial Awards or Enterprise Agreements and not below levels for Australian employees in comparable roles; and

2. Monetary and non-monetary benefits (excluding food and board), where:

  • The benefits support the living costs of the Overseas Worker;
  • The Overseas Worker would have incurred that cost had it not been provided by the Third Party;
  • The benefits are quantifiable;
  • The benefits are consistent with the terms and conditions provided to existing Australians employed in a similar position;
  • The benefits are guaranteed in the employment contract; and
  • The benefits exclude contingent payments such as overtime (other than guaranteed overtime) bonuses and commissions.

Concession Type 3: Reduced TSMIT, and Earnings to include Guaranteed Overtime and certain Non-Monetary and Monetary Benefits

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. 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 SA. For more information on homestay rates go to the Government of South Australia website. Concession type 3 is designed for use in remote areas where accommodation and food options are limited. The DAR will determine the eligibility for employers seeking all concession types.

‘Earnings’ has the same meaning as in the Migration Regulations except that it also includes:

1. Guaranteed overtime where:

  • The guaranteed overtime is consistent with standard industry practice within the sector;
  • There are equivalent Australians performing equivalent work in the Third Party’s workplace at the same location and whose arrangements have been guaranteed in an industrial arrangement for those workers; and
  • At the time of nomination the Third Party provides evidence that the hours are guaranteed within the employment contract for the Overseas Worker, and confirms the hours are consistent with the National Employment Standards; and
  • Application of the concession is subject to the Earnings being in line with applicable Industrial Awards or Enterprise Agreements and not below levels for Australian employees in comparable roles; and

2. Monetary and non-monetary benefits (food and board), where:

  • The benefits support the living costs of the Overseas Worker;
  • The Overseas Worker would have incurred that cost had it not been provided by the Third Party;
  • The benefits are quantifiable;
  • The benefits are consistent with the terms and conditions provided to existing Australians employed in a similar position;
  • The benefits are guaranteed in the employment contract; and
  • The benefits exclude contingent payments such as overtime (other than guaranteed overtime) bonuses and commissions.

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English language

IELTS means the International English Language Testing System or the equivalent in another accepted English language test.

 Other accepted English language tests are:

  • Occupational English Test (OET);
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT);
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic test; or
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test.

The English language requirements may be met if a visa applicant would be regarded as an ‘exempt applicant’ for the purpose of the legislative instruments applicable to TSS and ENS visas.

  • TSS concession: overall score of IELTS 4.5 with no less than IELTS 4.0 in any of the four test components.
  • ENS concession: no concession. The minimum standard English language requirements applicable to the ENS non-labour agreement visa streams under the Migration Regulations apply.

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Permanent Residence Pathway and Age

SA Regional Workforce Agreement:

A permanent residence pathway for Overseas Workers may be available through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 visa program.
 
The following conditions will ordinarily be included in a Labour Agreement and will apply to any nomination for an ENS visa (in addition to the ENS requirements outlined in the Migration Legislation).
  • The Overseas Worker, at the time of an application for approval of the nomination in relation to an ENS visa (‘the ENS nomination’), holds a TSS visa granted in connection with this Agreement; and
  • The employer’s ENS nomination identifies an Occupation that was the subject of the most recently approved TSS visa for the Overseas Worker; and
  • The ENS nominated Occupation is not an ANZSCO skill level 5; and
  • The Overseas Worker has been employed on a full-time basis for a period of at least 3 years before the ENS nomination is made, by one or more employer who were all endorsed under this Agreement, in the ENS nominated occupation or an Occupation in the same ANZSCO 4 digit level; and 
  • For the whole time that the Overseas Worker was employed
    • he or she must have held a TSS visa granted in connection with this Agreement; and
    • he or she must have worked in the Designated Area in South Australia; and
  • An Overseas Worker may be nominated for an ENS visa only if they have not turned 50 years of age at the time of the employer’s ENS nomination; and
  • The Overseas Worker identified in the ENS nomination will be employed on a full-time basis in the position for at least 2 years; and
  • The terms and conditions of employment of the Overseas Worker will not include an express exclusion of the possibility of extending the period of employment. 
Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement:
 
A permanent residence pathway for Overseas Workers may be available through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 visa program.
 
Age concessions may be applicable for Overseas Workers at the time of the ENS nomination. Concessions are outlined against each occupation on the DAMA Occupation Lists.
 
The following conditions will ordinarily be included in a Labour Agreement and will apply to any nomination for an ENS visa (in addition to the ENS requirements outlined in the Migration Legislation).
  • The Overseas Worker, at the time of an application for approval of the nomination in relation to an ENS visa (‘the ENS nomination’), holds a TSS visa granted in connection with this Agreement; and
  • The Third Party’s ENS nomination identifies an Occupation that was the subject of the most recently approved TSS visa for the Overseas Worker; and
  • The Overseas Worker has been employed on a full-time basis for a period of at least 3 years before the ENS nomination is made, by one or more employers who were all endorsed under this Agreement, in the ENS nominated occupation or an Occupation that is in the same ANZSCO 4 digit level; and
  • For the whole time that the Overseas Worker was employed in accordance with the above paragraph
    • he or she must have held a TSS visa granted in connection with this Agreement; and
    • he or she must have worked in the Designated Area in South Australia; and
  • The Overseas Worker identified in the ENS nomination will be employed on a full-time basis in the position for at least 2 years; and
  • The terms and conditions of employment of the Overseas Worker will not include an express exclusion of the possibility of extending the period of employment.

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