Changes Made to DAMA Occupation List for Those Looking to Move to South Australia
South Australia is looking to attract more skilled migrants and has issued significant changes to the Designated Area Migration Agreement Occupation list (DAMA).
A DAMA refers to an agreement set up between the Australian Government, represented by the Department of Home Affairs and the South Australian Government, Department for Innovation and Skills. The agreement is used to enable South Australian employers, who are looking to recruit, to sponsor skilled overseas workers to widen the talent pool from which they are recruiting.
To this effect there are two DAMAs; the Adelaide Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement and the South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement. The former is to support Adelaide’s high tech growth industries and covers such areas as space, defence, advanced manufacturing and technology. Australia have added 63 occupations into this list in recent changes. The latter covers the entirety of South Australia and targets regional high growth industries e.g. tourism/hospitality, construction, mining, agribusiness and health and social services. Under the recent changes, 137 occupations have been added into this list.
Furthermore, alongside the additional occupations added to these lists, there have also been DAMA concessions added for ‘temporary skilled migration income threshold’, English language and permanent residence pathway and age.
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