DAMA for Northern Territory

The Northern Territory (NT) DAMA provides more flexibility for both employers and workers compared to the standard skilled migration program at the federal level. The key benefits of the NT DAMA include:

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

 

Concessions Criteria

Age Concession

117 occupations are classified as Skill Levels 1-4 in the NT DAMA occupation list, out of 124 occupations. For these occupations, the age concession applies to allow individuals up to the age of 55 to transition to the permanent visas. The age concession does not apply to the seven (7) occupations listed below, meaning the standard age limit of 45 is in place.

  • Aquaculture worker
  • Crop farm workers nec
  • Fruit or nut farm worker
  • Mixed crop and livestock farm worker
  • Mixed livestock farm worker
  • Seafood process worker
  • Vegetable farm work

 

English Language Concession

English language concessions apply to 80 occupations, and the other 44 occupations do not enjoy this concession. The English concession applies in two (2) forms based on the occupations concerned.

English requirements for Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics and Mechanical) and Ship’s Engineer

482 TSS and 494 SESR Applicants:

    • An IELTS score of 5.0 overall (or its equivalent) is required, with no minimum for reading and writing, and no less than IELTS score 4.0 (or equivalent) in speaking and listening.

186 ENS Applicants:

    • An IELTS score of 5.0 overall (or its equivalent) is required, with a minimum band score of 4.5 (or equivalent).

English requirements for occupations other than engineers

482 TSS and 494 SESR Applicants:

    • An IELTS score of 4.5 overall (or its equivalent) is required, with a minimum score of 4.0 (or equivalent) in each band.

186 ENS Applicants:

    • An IELTS score of 5.0 overall (or its equivalent) is required, with a minimum score of 4.0 (or equivalent) in each band.

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

Effective July 1, 2023, the TSMIT increased from $53,900 to $70,000. However, for 83 occupations covered under the NT DAMA, this amount is reduced to $63,000.

Here are four (4) types of TSMIT concessions.

Concession Type 1 – Minimum Monetary Earnings of $63,000

Businesses are required to demonstrate that the annual monetary earnings provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT ( $63,000).

Concession Type 2 – Minimum Monetary and Non-Monetary Earnings (Other) of $63,000

Businesses must provide evidence that the total benefits package offered will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT ($63,000). The total package can include:

    • Monetary earnings (e.g., salary), and
    • Non-monetary earnings (excluding food and board, such as phone, vehicle, flights). These non-monetary benefits cannot exceed a value of $6,300.

Concession type 3 – Minimum Monetary and Non-Monetary Earnings (Food and Board) of $63,000

Businesses need to demonstrate that the total benefits package provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT ($63,000). The total package can include:

    • Monetary earnings (e.g., salary), and
    • Non-monetary earnings (specifically food and board), referring to accommodation and meals benefits. These benefits should not exceed the published homestay accommodation rates for the Northern Territory.

Concession type 4 – monetary earnings and non-monetary earnings (food and board and other) of at least $63,000

Businesses are required to demonstrate that the total benefits package provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT ($63,000). The total package can include:

  • Monetary earnings (e.g., salary), and
  • Non-monetary earnings (excluding food and board, such as phone, vehicle, flights), which should not exceed a value of $6,300, and
  • Non-monetary earnings (specifically food and board), referring to accommodation and meals benefits. These benefits should not exceed the published homestay accommodation rates for the Northern Territory.

 

Pathway to Permanent Visa

A pathway to permanent residence is available for all occupations in the NT DAMA Occupations List through the ENS visa, after having lived and worked in the NT region for three (3) years on a TSS visa granted under the NT DAMA.  Similarly, a SESR visa holder granted under an NT DAMA labor agreement may become eligible for a 191 visa after three (3) years.

 

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