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.

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) PDF (78.1 KB)
Bar attendant (supervisor) DOCX (26.6 KB)

Waiter (supervisor) PDF (78.6 KB)
Waiter (supervisor) DOCX (27.7 KB)

Cook (specialist ethnic cuisine) PDF (68.4 KB)
Cook (specialist ethnic cuisine) DOCX (25.6 KB)

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.

English language concessions available to overseas workers
IELTS bandStandard 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 go to the Department of Home Affairs website.

All workers employed under the NT DAMA must be employed under Australian employment conditions and be renumerated no less than an equivalent skilled and experienced Australian worker performing the same job in the same location.

In addition to the above, in order to sponsor workers under visa programs such as the NT DAMA, the identified market salary must be at least the temporary skilled migration income threshold (TSMIT). This is currently $53,900.

There are four types of TSMIT concessions available for employers under the NT DAMA.

Please check occupations included in the agreement to find out eligible occupations for TSMIT concession.

Concession type 1 - monetary earnings of at least $48,510

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 - monetary earnings and non-monetary earnings (other) of at least $48,510

Businesses must demonstrate that the total package of benefits provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT, ie no less than $48,510.

The total package can be comprised of:

  • monetary earnings (eg, salary) and
  • non-monetary earnings (other than food and board, for example, phone, vehicle, flights). Such non-monetary earnings cannot exceed the value of $4,851.

Concession type 3 - monetary earnings and non-monetary earnings (food and board) of at least $48,510

Businesses must demonstrate that the total package of benefits provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT, ie no less than $48,510.

The total package can be comprised of:

  • monetary earnings (eg, salary) and
  • 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.

Concession type 4 - monetary earnings and non-monetary earnings (food and board and other) of at least $48,510

Businesses must demonstrate that the total package of benefits provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT, ie no less than $48,510.

The total package can be comprised of:

  • monetary earnings (eg, salary) and
  • non-monetary earnings (other than food and board, for example, phone, vehicle, flights). Such non-monetary earnings cannot exceed the value of $4,851, and
  • 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.

Important:

Employers that seek concessions based on non-monetary benefits provided to overseas workers must ensure that 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 employer, and
  • benefits are quantifiable, and
  • benefits are consistent with the 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.

Last updated: 09 November 2021

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