March 10, 2024

Update on the NT DAMA Visa (Designated Area Migration Agreement)

The DAMA Visa is for skilled and semi-skilled workers from overseas. It is an employer sponsored Visa. Currently, there are 135 occupations available under DAMA NT.

The head agreement between the Northern Territory and the Commonwealth that governs NT DAMA II has been extended by one year, ensuring its continuity through 13 December 2024.

The extension has some important changes to make it easier for NT employers to access the program. These changes are now in effect and are outlined below:

1. New occupations

The following 11 new occupations have been added to the NT DAMA eligibility list, bringing the total number of eligible occupations to 135:

New Occupation

View the full occupation list here

2. New Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) concession

  • TSMIT concession for certain occupations changed from a 10% reduction to a fixed amount of $55,000 (excluding superannuation and non-monetary benefits).
  • Sponsored workers now require a minimum monetary salary of $55,000.
  • Previous concession types allowing non-monetary benefits no longer apply.
  • Employers must ensure that salaries for overseas workers match or exceed those of equivalent Australian or permanent resident workers (market salary).
  • Sponsored workers with a TSMIT concession must be paid at least $55,000 or the market salary, whichever is higher.
  • For occupations without a TSMIT concession, the sponsored worker must receive a minimum market salary of at least $70,000.

3. Simplified Path to Permanent Residency

          – Must work in an occupation on the NT DAMA eligibility list.

– Need 2 years of full-time work in the NT in the ENS-nominated or closely related occupation.

          – Comply with visa conditions.

          – Subclass 494 visa holders through NT DAMA can access subclass 191 after 3 years in the NT.

  • Existing concessions for English language and age requirements continue to apply
  • The application process for NT DAMA II remains the same


The changes outlined above will apply to labour agreement requests made to the Department of Home Affairs after 2 November 2023. Migration NT will also apply these changes to existing and new endorsement applications.

We assist both, employers and applicants. If you are interested in the DAMA Visa, book your consultation appointment here

There are currently 12 DAMAs in place:

1) South Australia: Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement
2) South Australia Regional: SA
3) Western Australia: East Kimberley
4) Western Australia: Pilbara
5) Western Australia: South West
6) Western Australia: The Goldfields
7) Far North Queensland: QLD
8) Queensland: Townsville
9) Victoria: Goulburn Valley
10) Victoria: Great South Coast
11) Northern Territory: NT
12) New South Wales: Orana

We work with all 12 DAMAs. Read more about the DAMA Visa here

6 Replies to “Update on the NT DAMA Visa (Designated Area Migration Agreement)”

  1. Tess Green says: March 16, 2024 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Auspire Immigration!
    Thanks for sharing this update. I’m in Darwin holding a student visa. My employer wants to sponsor me. I think DAMA Visa could be a good option.
    Can I add my boyfriend to the visa application, or does he have to apply separately? We are both from the UK.

    1. Auspire Immigration says: March 18, 2024 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Tess.
      That’s great your employer is offering sponsorship!
      Yes, definitely. You can add family members to your visa, e.g. spouse and children.
      The next step is to book a consultation so we can assess your visa eligibility and provide you with a personalised immigration strategy.
      Book your appointment here
      Speak soon!

  2. Daniel Muran says: March 17, 2024 at 9:47 pm

    Hello Auspire Immigration.
    I work in a restaurant. How many years work experience do I need for the DAMA Visa?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: March 18, 2024 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Daniel,
      What is your occupation/position in the restaurant? Every role has its own requirements. For example cook, chef, restaurant manager, bar supervisor, cafe manager – and many more!
      Hospitality workers are in high demand in Australia!
      Best you book a consultation with our Team of Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents – book here
      Speak soon!

  3. Angeline says: April 12, 2024 at 6:01 pm

    Hi Auspire Immigrationa, I am working as personal care assistant in age care facility since October 2022.i am interested in applying for Dama sponsorship visa. Kindly please advice me more information in this matter.Thank you

    1. Auspire Immigration says: April 16, 2024 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Angeline,
      That is great! Health care workers including personal care assistant are in demand in Australia.
      To start with you require a personalised assessment of your visa options, including DAMA Visa. Book your appointment here

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