Designated Area Migration Agreement

From 1 July 2019, employers across South Australia who are experiencing skills and labour shortages can sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers under the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA). 

Employers who can demonstrate that they are experiencing skills and labour shortages will apply for endorsement from the South Australian government to enter into a DAMA labour agreement. This will enable local businesses to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers with more flexible requirements than are available via the standard skilled visa programs.

The occupations included in the DAMA program were determined through consultation with industry associations and key employers throughout the state, alongside data on skills shortages in our key industries.  For our region, employers can nominate occupations included on two lists, which include skilled occupations across a wide range of industries including in the meat industry, agriculture and forestry, hospitality and healthcare. Some eligible occupations included in the lists for the Limestone Coast are cooks, diesel mechanics, forestry workers, meat boner and slicer, sawmilling operator and waiters. 

In the first of a series of publications, RDALC have produced a frequently asked questions document to assist business operators to understand how this agreement will work: DAMA FAQ’s for Employers

RDALC want to best support the needs of our local industries and will continue to consult with local businesses to identify future demands and how these can be met through the DAMA process.

Information is also available through Immigration SA

To discuss the DAMA, local businesses can contact Rachael Ashman, Manager Business and Workforce Development on 87231057 or email