Step by step guide for employers
There are several steps in the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) process.
Before you apply
- Check whether the position you need to fill is on the NT DAMA occupations list.
- Check your business’ eligibility for the NT DAMA.
- Determine your workforce demand: how many overseas workers will you need to nominate under the program each year?
- You can request annual nomination ceilings over a 5 year period.
- Determine the visa subclass that you wish to nominate against. You can nominate workers under the 4-year TSS visa or the 5-year SESR visa. Each of these have different requirements as to the worker’s skills and age.
Your business needs to apply to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade for endorsement.
Fill the form below and submit with the supporting documentation in the checklist.
If your business is eligible to access NT DAMA, a letter of endorsement and copies of the supporting documents will be sent to the Australian Government and your business.
Checklist for supporting documents
|1.||Request for endorsement under the NT DAMA form.|
|2.||Form 956 (if a registered migration agent is assisting this application).|
|3.||Business registration documents:|
Business profile, may include:
Evidence of the business is operating in the Northern Territory (NT). May include:
|6.||Job descriptions for each requested position.|
Organisation chart less than 6 months old. Highlight the positions requested for endorsement; and provide the following information for all the staff:
Audited financial statement for the mostly recently concluded financial year and business activity statement for each quarter of the current financial year.
If the information is not available, provide a letter from an accountant detailing the business net profit and financial capability to sponsor workers in the requested positions.
Statutory declaration about adverse information, attach evidence of outcome (if any).
For more information on adverse information go to the Department of Home Affairs website.
Evidence of domestic recruitment efforts for each requested position including:
Evidence to prove the nominee receives terms and conditions no less favourable than those provided to an Australian citizen or permanent resident:
Provide this evidence for each requested position.
Provide above evidence for each requested position.
Evidence supporting application for Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) concession (if applicable):
Read TSMIT concessions available.
Submit your electronic application with above supporting documents clearly labelled in separate PDF files to
Or mail a hardcopy to:
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
GPO Box 3200
Darwin NT 0801
Your business identifies an overseas worker that is suitably skilled and experienced for the occupation that has NT DAMA approval. You must provide each worker with a settlement package (which will be provided to you) before the worker lodges their visa application.
Some occupations require skills verifications from the department. Read more about qualifications and experience.
When the verification is completed the department will issue a skills verification letter to be included with the overseas workers visa application.
If your nominated occupation requires a skills assessment from MigrationNT, please complete and submit the skills assessment application form together with supporting documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get the MigrationNT skills assessment application .
When the skills assessment is completed, MigrationNT will issue a skills verification letter to be included with the overseas worker’s visa application.
Your overseas worker can then apply for a visa.
Last updated: 29 March 2022
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