About the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement
The Northern Territory (NT) DAMA is an employer-sponsored visa program.
NT employers can use the program to sponsor overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local workers.
This is the second version of the NT DAMA and applies to the whole of the NT. It is tailored to address current and emerging labour market shortages.
The NT DAMA enables NT employers to sponsor workers for the:
- 4-year Temporary Skill Shortage subclass 482 visa or
- 5-year Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) subclass 494 visa.
Both of these have a permanent residence pathway.
Through the NT DAMA, employers can sponsor workers in occupations that are not available in standard national visa programs and access concessions to some criteria.
An individual worker cannot apply for a visa independently under the NT DAMA. They should look for a job with an NT business who will sponsor them. Go to The Territory website for jobs in the NT.
Businesses can access the NT DAMA if they are actively operating in the NT, and:
- are viable and have been operating for at least 12 months
- have no history of not meeting its obligations to employees
- are looking to employ overseas workers to fill full-time positions with duties that align with one of the occupations on the NT DAMA list
- can demonstrate they cannot fill the position locally with Australian citizens or permanent residents
- can provide terms and conditions of employment to overseas workers that are in accordance with those offered to Australian workers employed in the region.
To use the NT DAMA program, businesses must first be endorsed by MigrationNT and enter into a 5-year labour agreement with the
Department of Home Affairs. The labour agreement will outline the number of workers you can nominate each year in specified occupations and the available concessions.
For information on how to apply, see the step by step guide for employers.
Last updated: 25 March 2022
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