Designated Area Migration Agreement or DAMA in Warrnambool
The DAMA will:
- assist key agriculture, hospitality and other businesses on the Great South Coast to fill critical employment gaps by providing access to a broader range of overseas workers than is available through the standard skilled migration programs;
- be accessible to employers in Glenelg, Moyne, Warrnambool, Corangamite, Colac Otway and Southern Grampians municipalities;
- not supplant locally available workers. For a DAMA to be approved by the Commonwealth, regions must demonstrate efforts to recruit Australians first and clearly identify labour market conditions and gaps. They must also demonstrate local support available to migrant workers; and,
- ensure the terms and conditions of employment are consistent with local remuneration practices for that occupation and meet Australian workplace laws.
In line with the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman’s joint press release back in December 2018, Victoria will join Northern Territory by having a Designated Area Migration Agreement.
The DAMA will provide opportunity for the Great South Coast businesses to apply for individual labour agreements under which they can sponsor skilled workers.
The Great South Coast employers and municipalities have recognised more people are needed to grow the region’s economy by increasing production and exports.
What does DAMA in Warrnambool mean for you?
More than 25 eligible occupations will be available under the Great South Coast DAMA. A full list of of these occupations will be made available in June, 2019.So make sure you check back with us in June.
Let’s clear the confusion from the start.
DAMA is not a new visa. It is basically a 482 Visa. In other words, you’re going to need an employer-sponsor before you can apply for the visa.