DAMA for Great South Coast

The region of Great South Coast in Victoria has entered into a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA), to address skills shortages in its region. The GSC DAMA provides increased flexibility for skilled migrants compared to the standard employer sponsored immigration programs. The key benefits of the GSC DAMA include:

  1. Broader occupations available pursuant to the GSC DAMA Occupations, encompassing:
    • Locally specific occupations that are not found in the ANZSCO.
  2. Multiple visa options available: Subclass 482 TSS186 ENS494 SESR leading to 191 PESR.
  3. Offering permanent visa pathways for all 37 occupations in the GSC DAMA Occupation list.
  4. Concessions on the Age, English language proficiency and Income Threshold.

 

DAMA Concessions

 

Age Concession

For 35 out of the 37 occupations specified in the GSC DAMA Occupation list, the age concession applies to allow individuals up to the age of 55 to transition to the permanent visas. For two (2) occupations listed below, the age concession is 50.

  • Meat Process Worker
  • Seafood Process Worker

 

English Language Concession

English language concessions generally do not apply, except the 11 occupations as written below:

Agricultural & Horticultural Mobile Plant OperatorCookFitter & TurnerMotor Mechanic (general)
Aquaculture SupervisorDairy Cattle Farm OperatorMeat Boners & SlicersSlaughterer
ChefDiesel Motor MechanicMetal Fabricator

482 TSS and 494 SESR Applicants:

  • 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.

186 ENS Applicants:

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

 

Minimum Income Concession

As of July 1, 2023, the TSMIT increased from $53,900 to $70,000. However, for 20 out of the 37 occupations covered under GSC 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
Total Annual EarningsAt least Reduced TSMITAt least TSMIT

 

The 20 occupations shown in the table are eligible for the minimum income concessions.

Aged or Disabled CarersChefFitter & TurnerMetal FabricatorPersonal Care Assistant
Agricultural & Horticultural Mobile Plant OperatorCookIndustrial Spray painterMotor Mechanic – generalSeafood Process Worker
Aquaculture SupervisorDairy Cattle Farm OperatorMeat Boners & SlicersNursing Support WorkerSeafood Process Worker
Automotive ElectricianDiesel Motor MechanicMeat Process WorkerPanel BeaterTruck Driver – General

 

Pathway to Permanent Visa

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

*Please note that Skill level 5 occupations may be eligible for permanent residency pathway after four years, with at least two (2) years of this period at a skill level 4 occupation.

 

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