The Government of South Australia is currently finalising the details of two Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) with the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

South Australia’s DAMAs are the:

  • Adelaide Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement – which focuses on Adelaide’s high-tech growth industries including defence, space, technology and advanced manufacturing industries.
  • South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement – which focuses on the South Australia’s regional high growth industries including agribusiness, forestry, health and social services, tourism and hospitality, construction and mining. 

The DAMAs will enable South Australian employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local workers. The DAMAs will provide access to additional occupations and concessions to the standard migration program. 

Immigration SA will collaborate with the Department of Home Affairs to undertake the Designated Area Representative (DAR) role, which is responsible for endorsing employers seeking to access overseas workers through the Agreements.

Immigration SA will be responsible for ensuring employers satisfy requirements of becoming an approved employer and are able to meet ongoing obligations as set out under the Agreements.

South Australia’s DAMAs will utilise the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482). Businesses will enter into a labour agreement with the Australian Government and workers will then be granted a subclass 482 visa. As the Agreements are an employer-sponsored visa program, individual workers cannot apply for a visa independently.

  • Read the joint media release by Minister from Immigration Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs and the South Australian Minister for Innovation and Skills here.

Further details on the DAMA application process for employers and the occupations available (and associated concessions to standard 482 visa requirements) will be provided in the coming months. Keep up to date by subscribing to Immigration SA’s news releases.