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New employer sponsored visa Agreements for Regional Areas in Australia - News and Commentary

New employer sponsored  visa Agreements for Regional Areas in Australia - News and Commentary


New employer sponsored  visa Agreements for Regional Areas in Australia - News and Commentary

Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA)  guidelines finalised:

The Assistant Minister of Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash, has announced the finalisation of guidelines for Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).

A DAMA will:

·  allow employers in the designated area who are unable to recruit Australian workers to employ overseas workers

·  have a salary concession of up to 10% for the TSMIT (the minimum wage could be $48,510)

·  not undercut Australian workers wages

·  require employers to meet Subclass 457 sponsorship obligations, including meeting training benchmarks

·  allow for skill and English language concessions

·  allow for some semi-skilled occupations

A pilot agreement has been finalised with the Northern Territory Government.

Media responses on the DAMAs:

Here is a media report on some speculation as to the effect of the DAMAs:

Commentary by Chris Johnston:

The DAMA appears to fall within the area of Labour Agreements. 

Labour Agreements have in the past taken considerable time and patience on behalf of the relevant employer to be approved.   Base on previous records, the DAMAs are unlikely to lead to a flood of cheap foreign workers.


Migration Institute of Australia

News release by Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash:

News Media:

Warning -This information is accurate on the 31 Aug 2014.  

DIBP will change visa requirements in an ongoing manner and all current requirements must be established prior to lodging an application. 

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