DAMA for Goldfields

The region of Goldfields in Western Australia has entered into a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA), to address skills shortages in its region. This region aggregates Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Shires of Coolgardie, Dundas, Esperance, Leonora, Menzies and Ravensthorpe. The Goldfields DAMA provides increased flexibility for skilled migrants compared to the standard employer sponsored immigration programs. The key benefits of the Goldfields DAMA include:s.

  1. Multiple visa options available: Subclass 482 TSS186 ENS494 SESR leading to 191 PESR.
  2. Offering permanent visa pathways for 125 occupations in the Goldfields DAMA Occupation list.
  3. Concessions on the English language proficiency and Income Threshold.

 

DAMA Concessions

Age Concession

Among the 125 occupations specified in the Goldfields DAMA Occupation list, an age concession is applicable to individuals up to the age of 55 for 59 occupations, while for the remaining 67 occupations, the age concession is set at 50.

 

English Language Concession

English language concessions generally do not apply, except the 43 occupations as written below:

Aged or Disabled CarerCustomer Service
Manager
Fitter and TurnerMetal Machinist (First
Class)
Shearer
Agricultural and
Horticultural Mobile Plant
Operator
Diesel Motor MechanicFitter-WelderMixed Crop and Livestock
Farmer
Slaughterer
Asphalt TechnicianDrillerGreenkeeperMobile Plant Operator
nec
Sound and Light Technician
Automotive ElectricianDriller’s AssistantHairdresserNursing support workerSound Technician
Beef Cattle FarmerElectrician (General)Industrial SpraypainterPersonal AssistantSports Development
Officer
CarpenterElectrician (Special
Class)
Light TechnicianPersonal Care AssistantVehicle Body Builder
Carpenter and JoinerElectronic Instrument
Trades Worker (Special
Class) [Precision Farming
Specialist]
LocksmithRope Access TechnicianWelder (First Class)
ChefFitness Centre ManagerMeat Boner and SlicerRubber Production
Machine Operator (Belt
Splicer)
Concrete Batching Plant
Operators
Fitter (General)Metal FabricatorSales and Marketing
Manager

482 TSS and 494 SESR Applicants:

  • For the occupations listed above as recipients of the English concession, an IELTS score of 5.0 overall (or its equivalent) is required. The minimum band score requirements are as follows:
    (1) Medium term stream: with no component allowed to fall below IELTS 5.0 or its equivalent.
    (2) Short term stream: with no component allowed to fall below IELTS 4.5 or its equivalent.

186 ENS Applicants:

  • An IELTS score of 5.0 overall (or its equivalent) is required, with no component allowed to fall below IELTS 4.5 or its equivalent.

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 ten (10) occupations covered under the Goldfield DAMA, this amount is reduced to $63,000.

Here are two (2) 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

The ten (10) occupations shown in the below table are eligible for the minimum income concessions.

Aged or Disabled CarerMeat Boner and Slicer
Agriculture and Horticultural Mobile Plant OperatorNursing Support Worker
Beef Cattle FarmerPersonal Care Assistant
Child Care WorkerShearer
Family Day Care EducatorSlaughterer

 

Pathway to Permanent Visa

The occupations in the Goldfield DAMA Occupation List offer access to a specific permanent visa pathway with the exception of the Driller’s Assistant. A TSS visa holder granted under the Goldfield DAMA may also become eligible for an ENS visa after three (3) years. Similarly, a SESR visa holder granted under the Goldfield DAMA may become eligible for a 191 visa after three (3) years.

 

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