Concessions available

The Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) provides eligible businesses access to occupations not available through the standard stream. Go the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website and view:

It also provides for English language, age, skill and Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) concessions.

Read the occupation included in the agreement for the concessions that are available for each occupation. Not all occupations are eligible for concessions.

The SESR visa normally requires workers to be under 45 years of age.

Under the NT DAMA, worker nominated for skill level 1 to 4 occupations have a higher age limit of under 55 years.

Similarly, those are transitioning from a TSS visa to permanent residency through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 also have a higher age limit of under 55 years.

SESR and ENS visa applicants may be nominated if they have not turned 55 years of age at the time of SESR or ENS nomination.

Age concessions only apply to skill level 1 to 4 occupations.

The NT DAMA is unique in that it provides access to some occupations not in the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation (ANZSCO).

These are:

  • bar attendant (supervisor)
  • waiter (supervisor)
  • cook (specialist ethnic cuisine)
  • high access maintenance and cleaning technician
  • skilled horticultural worker
  • aquaculture supervisor.

For the purposes of the NT DAMA these occupations have been given the code 070499.

For these occupations, applicants need to demonstrate that their tasks, skills, qualifications and experience align with the following sample position descriptions:

Aquaculture supervisor PDF (77.0 KB)
Aquaculture supervisor DOCX (17.8 KB)

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

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

High access maintenance and cleaning technician PDF (78.1 KB)
High access maintenance and cleaning technician DOCX (18.1 KB)

Skilled horticultural worker PDF (75.9 KB)
Skilled horticultural worker DOCX (17.8 KB)

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

Check the NT DAMA list of occupations to see if your occupation has an English concession.

If English concessions are available for your nominated occupation, worker must meet the following:

English requirements for occupations other than engineers

  • TSS/ SESR concession: overall score of IELTS 4.5 (or equivalent), with a minimum IELTS score of 4.0 (or equivalent) in each band.
  • ENS concession: overall score of IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent), with a minimum IELTS score of 4.0 (or equivalent) in each band.

English requirements for Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics and Mechanical) and Ship’s Engineer

  • TSS/ SESR concession: overall score of IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent), with no minimum for reading and writing and no less than IELTS score 4.0 (or equivalent) in speaking and listening bands.
  • ENS concession: overall score of IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent), with a minimum IELTS score of 4.5 (or equivalent) in each band.

Applicants holding passports from UK, US, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand do not need to undertake an English test.

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 4 types of TSMIT concessions available for employers under the NT DAMA.

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: 25 March 2022

Give feedback about this page.

Share this page:

URL copied!