New Sponsorship Agreement – South Australia

The South Australian Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is an sponsorship agreement between the Australian Government, represented by the Department of Home Affairs and the South Australian Government, Department for Innovation and Skills and valid in South Australia.

The Government of South Australia has signed two DAMAS agreements:

  1. Adelaide Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement focuses on Adelaide’s high-tech industries including defence, space, technology and advanced manufacturing industries. The Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement is the DAMA that covers the metropolitan area of ​​Adelaide.
  2. South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement focuses on South Australia’s fast-growing industries including agribusiness, forestry, health and social services, tourism and catering, construction and mining.  The South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement is the DAMA covering which covers the entire state of South Australia.

DAMAs enable South Australian employers to sponsor workers from overseas for positions they fail to fill with local workers. Employers who are experiencing a shortage of labor can apply for adherence to a DAMA employment contract. This allows the employer to sponsor qualified and semi-qualified personnel from abroad with more flexible requirements than those that are available for standard qualified visa programs.

Concessions available with the DAMA program

The concessions available vary according to the chosen DAMA program and the chosen occupation. Check the DAMA occupation list and see which concessions apply to your occupation. In general, the concessions concern:

  • Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT)

Certain eligible occupations may access a Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) grant (check the DAMA occupation list). If this concession applies to your employment, the employer must provide the foreign worker with an annual salary that is equal to or greater than the Annual Market Salary Rate (see Migration Regulations) and a reduced TSMIT (90% of the TSMIT). If an employment is unable to access the grant for TSMIT, the employer must meet the TSMIT, Annual Market Salary Rate and Annual Earnings requirements that would apply if the foreign worker were nominated for that visa (TSS, SESR or ENS Visa).

If your occupation qualifies for a TSMIT concession, your employer may request the approval of the Designated Area Representative (DAR) to access one of the following concessions.

Type 1 Type 2 Type 3
Monetary remuneration At least a reduction in TSMIT At least one TSMIT reduction minus non-monetary gains (more) At least one reduction in TSMIT At least Reduced TSMIT less non-monetary earnings (room and board)
Non-monetary earnings (room and board) Nil Nil It cannot exceed the homestay rates published by the SA
Non-monetary earnings (other) Nil No more than a 10% reduction in TSMIT. Nil
Total annual earnings At least a reduction in TSMIT At least a reduction in TSMIT At least a reduction in TSMIT
  • English Language

Certain eligible occupations are eligible for an English language qualification grant. Check the DAMA occupation list to see which concessions apply to your occupation and verify if you can consider the new sponsorship agreement for South Australia. In general the following concessions are available:

  1. TSS and SESR concession:
    • IELTS score of 5.0 overall (or equivalent) and a minimum IELTS score 4.0 (or equivalent) for individual bands for certain occupations;
    • IELTS score of 4.5 overall (or equivalent) and a minimum IELTS score of 4.0 (or equivalent) for individual bands, for certain occupations in certain external regional areas of South Australia
  2. ENS concessions:
    • Overall score 5.0 (or equivalent) and a minimum score of 4.0 (or equivalent) for individual bands for certain occupations.
  • Age Concessions

Foreign workers in possession of a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa, could access permanent residence through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 visa. The 482 visa has no age limit but the foreign worker who is doing applying for permanent residency in the future will have to meet the age requirements at the time of appointment through the ENS subclass 186 visa.

Age concessions may be applicable for foreign workers for certain occupations on the DAMA occupation list when applying for a Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) or ENS nomination visa. Check the DAMA occupation list to see which concessions apply to your occupation.

  • Skills and work experience

Experience, qualifications, and work experience vary depending on whether your occupation is on the combined eligible list of skilled occupations (known as Short-term Skilled Occupation List, Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List or Regional Occupation List) or if it is only available through the DAMA occupation list. Check the DAMA occupation list to see which concessions apply to your occupation.

  • Requirements for skill assessment

The DAR (Government of South Australia) will carry out the assessment of skills assessments for certain occupations which are listed as “skills verification required from South Australia”.If this situation applies to your occupation, you can request more information at the following link.For more information regarding the requirements for obtaining a skill assessment for your occupation, consult the DAMA occupation list.


Case Study

Occupation: Cook (Ethnic Cuisine) (Equivalent to ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

Available: throughout South Australia to.

a. Skills and work experience requirements:

  1. Possess a Certificate III (or higher) and have at least one year of recent and relevant work experience in the field of “ethno-specific gastronomy”;
  2. Alternatively, three years of relevant work experience in the field

b. Skill assessment requirements: Skill assessment will be issued by the DAR – South Australia.

c. Concessions for English:

  1. For 482 and 494 visas – IELTS score of 5.0 overall (or equivalent) and a minimum IELTS score 4.0 (or equivalent) in each band.
  2. For 482 and 494 visas if you are in an external regional area – IELTS score of 4.5 overall (or equivalent) and a minimum IELTS score of 4.0 (or equivalent) in each band
  3. For visa 186 – IELTS score of 5.0 overall (or equivalent) and a minimum IELTS score 4.0 (or equivalent) in each band.

d. Age concessions: For visas 494 and 186 – You must be under 50 years old.

e. Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) Grants: This occupation qualifies for a TSMIT grant.

 Lawyer and Immigration Agent Alessia Comandini (MARN 1684766)


Contact the Team

If you are interested in learning more about the new sponsorship agreement for South Australia, do not hesitate to contact our team by calling 0499600707 or by sending an email to comandinimigration@gmail.com


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