Concessions available

The Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) provides eligible businesses access to occupations not available through the standard stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) visa. It also provides for English language and Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) concessions.

View the occupation included in the agreement for the concessions that are available for each occupation. Not all occupations are eligible for concessions.

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Additional occupations not in ANZSCO

The NT DAMA is unique in that it provides access to three occupations not in the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation (ANZSCO).

These are:

  • bar attendant (supervisor)
  • waiter (supervisor)
  • cook (specialist ethnic cuisine)

For the purposes of the NT DAMA these occupations have been given the code 070499.

For these occupations, applicants need to demonstrate that skills, qualifications and experience align to the following sample position descriptions:

Bar attendant (supervisor) (78.1 kb)
Bar attendant (supervisor) (26.6 kb)

Waiter (supervisor) (78.6 kb)
Waiter (supervisor) (27.7 kb)

Cook (specialist ethnic cuisine) (68.4 kb)
Cook (specialist ethnic cuisine) (25.6 kb)

English language concessions

The English language concessions are available to overseas workers applying for a temporary TSS visa, and those transitioning to Australian permanent residency through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) labour agreement pathway.

IELTS bandStandard TSS concession ENS concession
Overall Medium term stream - 5.0
Short term stream - 5.0 
5.0 5.0
Speaking Medium term stream - 5.0
Short term stream - 4.5
4.0 4.5
Listening Medium term stream - 5.0
Short term stream - 4.5
4.0 4.5
Reading Medium term stream - 5.0
Short term stream - 4.5
No minimum 4.5
Writing Medium term stream - 5.0
Short term stream - 4.5
No minimum 4.5

Some applicants do not need to undertake an English test. For further information go to the Department of Home Affairs website.

Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold concessions

All workers employed under the DAMA must be employed under Australian employment conditions and receive no less than what an Australian would to undertake the same job in the same location.

Many employer sponsored visa programs, including the standard TSS program, have a minimum threshold that can be paid. The TSMIT which currently sits at $53,900 also applies.

The TSMIT concessions available for employers are:

Concession type 1 - up to a 10% concession to the TSMIT

Businesses must demonstrate the annual monetary earnings provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT, ie no less than $48,510.

Concession type 2 - up to a 10% concession to the TSMIT, and the inclusion of non-monetary earnings (other)

Businesses must demonstrate that the annual earnings provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT, ie no less than $48,510.

These annual earnings can be comprised of 'non-monetary earnings (other)' to the value of up to $4,851. Non-monetary earnings (other) refers to benefits other than food and board (eg, phone, vehicle, flights).

Concession type 3 - up to a 10% concession to the TSMIT less non-monetary earnings (food and board)

Businesses must demonstrate that the annual earnings provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT, ie no less than $48,510.

These annual earnings can be comprised of 'non-monetary earnings (food and board)'. This refers to accommodation and meals benefits and cannot exceed published homestay accommodation rates for the NT. For more information on homestay rates go to the Northern Territory Government website.

Concession type 4 - up to a 10% concession to the TSMIT less non-monetary earnings (all)

Businesses must demonstrate that the annual earnings provided will be no less than 90% of the TSMIT, ie no less than $48,510.

These annual earnings can be comprised of 'non-monetary earnings (food and board)' and 'non-monetary earnings (other)'. Non-monetary earnings (food and board) refers to accommodation and meals benefits and cannot exceed published homestay accommodation rates for the NT.

Non-monetary earnings (other) refers to benefits other than food and board (eg, phone, vehicle, flights) and is capped at $4,851.

Important:

Employers that seek concessions based on non-monetary benefits provided to overseas workers must ensure the:

  • benefits support the living costs of the overseas worker, and
  • overseas worker would have incurred that cost had it not been provided by the approved sponsor, and
  • benefits are quantifiable, and
  • benefits are consistent with terms and conditions provided to existing Australians employed in a similar position, and
  • benefits are guaranteed in the employment contract, and
  • benefits exclude contingent payments such as overtime (other than guaranteed overtime), bonuses and commissions.

Last updated: 08 May 2019