DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement)

Designated area migration agreements

Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) provides flexibility for states, territories or regions to respond to their unique economic and labour market conditions through an agreement-based framework.

Under the DAMA framework, employers in designated areas experiencing skills and labour shortages can sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers.

DAMAs are designed to ensure employers take on Australians citizens and permanent residents as a first priority and prioritise initiatives and strategies to facilitate the recruitment and retention of such workers.

Note: The DAMA is an employer-sponsored visa program and individual workers cannot apply for a visa independently.


There are no charges for:

  • endorsement by Migration to access the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement
  • labour agreement – Australian Government
  • skills verification for selected occupations – Northern Territory Government.

There are fees, which change over time, for:

  • Cost to request a labour agreement- $420
  • nomination application – Australian Government – $330
  • worker visa application – Australian Government –
    • Primary applicant – $2,645
    • Secondary applicant >18 – $2,645
    • Secondary applicant <18 – $660
  • Skilling Australians Fund levy – Australian Government.

Contact us today for a commitment free briefing with our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne to find more about your visa options.