DAMA for East Kimberley

The region of East Kimberley (EK) in Western Australia has entered into a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA), to address skills shortages in its region. The EK DAMA provides increased flexibility for skilled migrants compared to the standard employer sponsored immigration programs. The key benefits of the EK DAMA include:

  1. Multiple visa options available: Subclass 482 TSS186 ENS494 SESR leading to 191 PESR.
  2. A five-year EK DAMA labor agreement can be modified as needed, allowing for the addition of new occupations, positions, or further concessions at any time.
  3. Offering permanent visa pathways for all 109 occupations in the EK DAMA Occupation list.
  4. Concessions on the Age, English language proficiency and Income Threshold.

 

DAMA Concessions

Age Concession

For 101 out of the 109 occupations specified in the EK DAMA Occupation list, the age concession applies to allow individuals up to the age of 55 to transition to the permanent visas. For eight (8) occupations listed below, the age concession is 50.

  • Commercial Cleaner
  • Commercial Housekeeper
  • Crop Farm Workers (nec)
  • Food Trades Assistants (nec)
  • Handyperson (includes Yardperson)
  • Mixed Production Farm Workers (nec)
  • Other Hospitality Workers nec
  • Sales Assistant (general)

 

English Language Concession

English language concessions generally do not apply, except the 36 occupations as written below:

Agricultural Plant OperatorCommercial CleanerCrop Farm Workers (nec)Forklift DriverMetal Fitters and Machinists (nec)Plasterer
Automotive ElectricianCommercial Cleaner (Supervisor)Diesel Motor Mechanic (also Automotive Heavy Mechanic)Grain, Oilseed, Pulse and Pasture Farm WorkerMetal Machinist (First Class)Senior Aquaculture, Crop and Forestry Workers (nec)
BakerCommercial HousekeeperEarthmoving Plant Operator (General)Handyperson (includes Yardperson)Mixed Production Farm Workers (nec)Senior Broadacre Crop Farm Worker
CarpenterCommercial Housekeeper (Supervisor)Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (inclSecurity Technician)Horticultural Supervisor or SpecialistMobile Plant Operators (nec)Truck Driver (general)
Carpenter and JoinerCookExcavator OperatorLoader OperatorMotor Mechanic (General)Wall and Floor Tiler
ChefCotton Farm WorkerFitter-WelderMetal Fabricator (includes Boilermaker)PastrycookWelder

TSS and SESR concession:

  • An IELTS score of 5.0 overall (or its equivalent) is required, with no minimum score in each band, unless registration or licensing requires a higher level of English.

ENS concession:

  • An IELTS score of 5.0 overall (or its equivalent) is required, with no component allowed to fall below IELTS 4.0 or its equivalent, except in cases where registration or licensing stipulates a higher level of English proficiency.

Other accepted English language tests are:

  • Occupational English Test (OET);
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT);
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic test; or
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test.

 

TSMIT Concession

Effective July 1, 2023, the TSMIT increased from $53,900 to $70,000. However, for 71 occupations covered under EK DAMA, this amount is reduced to $63,000.

Here are two types of TSMIT concessions.

Type 1Type 2
Monetary EarningsAt least Reduced TSMITAt least Reduced TSMIT
Non-monetary earnings
(Food and Board)
No more than 10% of
TSMIT
Total Annual EarningsAt least Reduced TSMITAt least TSMIT

 

Pathway to Permanent Visa

All occupations in the EK DAMA Occupation List offer access to a specific permanent visa pathway. A TSS visa holder granted under an EK DAMA may also become eligible for an ENS visa after three (3) years. Similarly, a SESR visa holder granted under an EK DAMA may become eligible for a 191 visa after three (3) years.

*Please note that access to the ENS for Skill Level 5 occupations, as outlined below, is conditional when the applicant holds a TSS visa (refer to section 1.13).

 

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