DAMA II: Pathway to PR in Northern Territory


DAMA II: Pathway to PR in Northern Territory

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Northern Territory has just opened up a new pathway to permanent residency. In their most recent bilateral migration agreement with the Federal Government, known as DAMA II, it’s now possible for migrants to get a PR after 3 years of working in the Northern Territory. DAMA II also offers 36 more occupations compared to the first groundbreaking agreement.

The second Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA II) between the NT Government and the Federal Government identifies 117 shortage occupations where employers can recruit skilled migrants if they are unable to fill positions locally.

According to the media release, NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the addition of the pathway to permanent residency in DAMA II gave skilled migrants a big incentive to move to the NT and stay long-term.

You can find the 117 occupations list here (Docx file).

The full text of the joint media release run as follows:


An additional 36 occupations are now available to overseas nationals in the Northern Territory, after a new bilateral migration agreement took effect yesterday.

The second Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA II) between the NT Government and the Federal Government identifies 117 shortage occupations where employers can recruit skilled migrants if they are unable to fill positions locally.

Unlike the first groundbreaking agreement between the two jurisdictions, DAMA II Visa holders can now apply for permanent residency after working in the Territory for at least three years.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the addition of the pathway to permanent residency in DAMA II gave skilled migrants a big incentive to move to the NT and stay long-term.

“The Territory Labor Government’s number one priority is jobs for Territorians but we know access to, and retention of, a suitably skilled workforce is a key issue for many employers and there is a need for additional workers, Mr Gunner said.

“We also know that more people moving to the Territory equals more jobs.

“The Territory Labor Government fought hard for the inclusion of the pathway to permanent residency in this new five year agreement, which we expect to significantly increase the number of skilled migrants moving to the Territory.

“The NT has a long and proud history of migration of overseas nationals and they have been a key contributor to economic growth, population growth and social diversity. This new agreement will help that continue.”

Federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said DAMA II is an example of the Government using Australia’s migration program to benefit specific locations.

“The Government is working to improve our immigration program to better match the needs of our states, territories and regional areas,” Mr Coleman said.

“Our first priority is always to fill jobs with Australians, but the immigration system can play an important role in helping to address regional skills gaps.

“The NT has seen first-hand the benefits of using a DAMA to respond to their unique workforce shortages.

“I am pleased that we can continue to partner with the NT Government to support the skills needs of local businesses where Australian workers are not available to fill those jobs.”

Under DAMA II, employers must seek to hire Australian workers through conducting labour market testing before any overseas workers can be recruited.

Mr Gunner said the new agreement complements the Territory Labor Government’s recently released population strategy, a comprehensive plan to attract people to live and work in the NT.

“Every Territorian benefits when we attract more people to the Territory,” Mr Gunner said.

“More people means more jobs and a stronger economy, which means better schools, better hospitals and more police.”

The first DAMA between the Federal and NT Governments was the first in Australia where a broader range of shortage occupations was available than those identified in standard skilled migration programs.

Is This Your Chance?

Absolutely. Concessions are available under the DAMA II, and that probably is the break you’ve been waiting all these years. Contact us if you want to know more about DAMA II and your pathway to PR, generally. Give us a call on +61 (08) 9447 2226 to schedule a consultation with our team.

Occupations included in the agreement

The table shows occupations that are eligible for sponsorship under the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA).

It also shows the concessions that may be applied.

Your business can seek a Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) concession. However, there must be a strong business case provided to support a TSMIT concession.

Your business has to show that the salary offered to a prospective overseas worker is at least what an Australian citizen or permanent resident could expect doing the same job in the same location.

ANZSCO codeOccupationANZSCO skill levelEnglish concession may be availableTSMIT concession may be available
221111Accountant – general1
551111Accounts clerk4
423111Aged or disabled carer4
721111Agricultural and horticultural mobile plant operator4
231111Aeroplane pilot^1
342111Airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic^3
323111Aircraft maintenance engineer – avionics^3 ✓
323112Aircraft maintenance engineer – mechanical^3 ✓
121111Aquaculture farmer1
321111Automotive electrician3
070499#Bar attendant – supervisor^4
451111Beauty therapist4
121312Beef cattle farmer1
731211Bus driver^4
351211Butcher or smallgoods maker3
342411Cabler – data and telecommunications3
141111Café or restaurant manager2 ✓
111111Chief executive or managing director1
421111Childcare worker^4
134111Childcare centre manager^1
312212Civil engineering technician2
411711Community worker2
149311Conference and event organiser2 ✓
070499#Cook – specialist ethnic cuisine3
149212Customer service manager2 ✓
442213Crowd controller^4
423211Dental assistant4
321212Diesel motor mechanic3
411712Disabilities services officer2
241111Early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher^1
721211Earthmoving plant operator – general4
311412Earth science technician2 ✓
342211Electrical linesworker^3
342314Electronic instrument trades worker – general3
721214Excavator operator4
149913Facilities manager2
421112Family day care worker^4
411713Family support worker2
323211Fitter – general3
323212Fitter and turner3
332111Floor finisher3
231113Flying instructor^1
721311Forklift driver4
121213Fruit or nut grower1
431311Gaming worker4
142114Hair or beauty salon manager2
313111Hardware technician2
141311Hotel or motel manager2
542113Hotel or motel receptionist4
431411Hotel service manager3
313112ICT customer support officer2 ✓
313199ICT support technicians nec2 ✓
362213Landscape gardener3
141411Licensed club manager2
221112Management accountant1
225113Marketing specialist1
322311Metal fabricator3
121411Mixed crop and livestock farmer1
121216Mixed crop farmer1
121317Mixed livestock farmer1
321211Motor mechanic – general3
899411Motor vehicle parts and accessories fitter – general4
621311Motor vehicle or caravan salesperson4
621312Motor vehicle parts interpreter4
321213Motorcycle mechanic3
423312Nursing support worker4
512111Office manager2
421114Out of school hours care worker^4
423313Personal care assistant4
311215Pharmacy technician2
334111Plumber – general^3
322312Pressure welder3
511112Program or project administrator2
612112Property manager3
272612Recreation officer1
411715Residential care worker2
142111Retail manager – general2
621511Retail supervisor4
131112Sales and marketing manager1
322211Sheetmetal trades worker3
231212Ship’s engineer1
231213Ship’s master^1
321214Small engine mechanic3
399516Sound technician3
133611Supply and distribution manager1
221113Taxation accountant1
342412Telecommunications cable jointer3
342413Telecommunications linesworker3
342414Telecommunications technician3
423314Therapy aide4
451412Tour guide4
733111Truck driver – general^4
121221Vegetable grower1
324311Vehicle painter3
361311Veterinary nurse3 ✓
070499#Waiter supervisor4
712921Waste water or water plant operator4
313113Web administrator2
232414Web designer1
322313Welder – first class3
272613Welfare worker1
411716Youth worker2

# occupations not listed in ANZSCO
^ applicants must meet occupational licensing or registration requirements.

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