In order to enter into a DAMA Labour Agreement with the Australian Government, South Australian employers are required to be endorsed by the Designated Area Representative (DAR) this is the South Australian Department of Innovation and Skills - Immigration SA.

Who can access the South Australian DAMA?

Businesses which are actively operating in South Australia and:
  • Are financially viable and have been actively and lawfully operating for at least 12 months
  • Have no adverse history of not meeting their obligations to employees
  • Are looking to employ overseas workers to fill full-time positions with duties that align with occupations on the Agreements occupation lists
  • Can demonstrate they cannot fill the position locally with Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • Can provide conditions of employment to overseas workers that are in accordance with those offered to Australian workers employed in the region.

Labour Hire companies are excluded from accessing endorsement under the SA DAMA.

Key Elements

The South Australian DAMA:
  • Provides a framework for local employers experiencing skillls and labour shortages to sponsor overseas workers in skilled and semi-skilled positions. 174 occupations have been approved offering a ceiling of 1,050 positions in the first year
  • Concessions such as English language, salary, occupations not included in the standard skilled occupation lists and age to facilitate pathways to permanent residency are available 
  • Employers will need to be endorsed by the DAR in order to enter into a DAMA Labour Agreement with the Australian Government
  • Employers will need to meet a range of risk and integrity requirements to ensure that the rights of the worker and employer are protected
  • Uses the employer-sponsored visa program, labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skills Shortage visa (subclass 482)
  • Individual workers cannot apply for a visa independently.

South Australian employers will be required to provide the DAR with evidence that the following criteria have been fulfilled: 

  1. Specify which agreement and request the number of positions they need to fill in one year, detailing the occupation(s) and concession(s) they seek
  2. Show they are based in South Australia and are lawfully operating that business for more than 12 months
  3. Are financially viable
  4. Demonstrate the position(s) they seek to fill is genuine and there is a genuine vacancy
  5. Demonstrate they cannot fill the position locally with Australians citizens or permanent residents
  6. Show employment terms and conditions are in accordance with those offered to Australian workers employed in the region
  7. Provide detail on any recent changes to workforce composition in the last 6 months
  8. Show that requested occupations and concessions are reasonable with regard to current labour market conditions in the region
  9. Declare there is no adverse information about the employer
  10. Show that concessions will not undermine Overseas Worker’s ability to support themselves or lead to exploitation
Before you apply, please ensure you read the DAMA application terms and conditions and DAMA application assessment criteria

How to Apply

Applications for endorsement must be submitted electronically on the Immigration SA Apply website.

If you do not have an account, you will need to log onto Immigration SA Apply website and create an account.

  1. Choose registration type from the drop down menu: South Australian Employer
  2. Complete your contact details on the 'Register here' section then click on the 'register now' button.

If you are already registered as a South Australian Employer, login to your account and select to apply for Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) - 482.

The following diagram outlines the end-to-end process and parties responsible for each process stage.
  1. Employer applies for DAR endorsement via the Immigration SA Apply website
  2. DAR undertakes assessment for endorsement
  3. DAR issues a Letter of Endorsement to the employer and notifies Department of Home Affairs
  4. Employer requests DAMA Labour Agreement with the Department of Home Affairs 
  5. Department of Home Affairs assesses Labour Agreement application and notifies employer of outcome
  6. Employer proceeds to lodge nomination and visa application with Department of Home Affairs.      
There are no fees and charges applicable for the following:
  • Endorsement by the DAR to access South Australia’s DAMAs
  • Entering into a labour agreement with the Australian Government
Please note that there will be fees and charges applicable for:
  • Nomination application - Australian Government
  • Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy - Australian Government
  • Worker visa application - Australian Government
  • Fees associated with professional services and evidence gathering.

More information

DAMA Occupation Lists