Nominee to demonstrate qualifications and experience in semi-skilled occupations

How you demonstrate you meet the skill requirements

You need to demonstrate you have the skills and experience that meet the mandated standards in the occupation for which you have been nominated for under the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA).

For the following occupations, which are not on the Australian Government’s current  list of eligible skilled occupations, you must have the qualifications and work experience outlined in the next table.

Your qualifications can be assessed by a registered training organisation or by the NT Government.

They must be at least equivalent to the relevant Australian Qualifications Framework (AFQ) qualification shown in the next table. 

A NT Government verification must be certified as being in accordance with the arrangements agreed with the Australian Government.

Your work experience has to be verified by the NT Government as being genuine and relevant to the nominated occupation.

The NT employer has to provide a statutory declaration stating that they have interviewed you and you confirmed that:

  • your work experience and qualifications meet the requirements
  • they are satisfied you have the skills to undertake the position for which you are being nominated under NT DAMA.

Where necessary approved sponsors must also state that you will meet any relevant licensing or registration requirements before starting work.

Overseas workers granted a Subclass 457 visa offshore must start work within 90 days of arriving in Australia.

Overseas workers nominated under NT DAMA have to meet the relevant health and other public interest criteria.

Occupation Qualification and / or experience required Registration or licencing
Accounts clerk​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​
N/A​
Aged or disabled carer At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Diploma or higher level qualification with at least one years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience. N/A
Bar attendant - supervisor At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
Applicant's experience must be in line with the bar attendant - supervisor job description below.
N/A​
Barista​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years, full time (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
Applicant's experience must be in line with the occupation.
N/A​
Beauty therapist​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​
N/A​
Boiler or engine operator or earthmoving plant operator (general) or agricultural and horticultural mobile plant operator​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​​
Registration or licensing may be required​
Bus driver​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​​​
Registration or licensing required​​
Butcher or smallgoods maker At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with at least two years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one year (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
N/A
Childcare worker At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Diploma or higher level qualification with at least one years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience. Registration or licencing is required
Crowd controller or security consultant At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience;
or
At least four years, full time (no less than 38 hrs per week) relevant experience.
Applicants’ experience must be in line with the occupation.  
Must meet all mandatory licensing requirements.
Registration or  licencing is required 
Deckhand ​At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​​​​​​
​N/A
Delivery driver​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​​​​
Registration or licensing required​​​
Dental assistant At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with at least two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
N/A
​Dental therapist ​At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Diploma or higher level qualification with at least one years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience. ​Registration or licencing is required
​Family day care worker or personal care assistant or therapy aide ​At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with at least two years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one year (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
​N/A
Gaming worker​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years, full time (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
Applicants experience must be in line with the occupation.​
N/A​
Hotel service manager or office manager or retail manager - general or hospitality, retail and services managers nec  At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Diploma or higher level qualification with at least one years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years, full time (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​
N/A​
​Master fisher ​At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Degree or higher level qualification with at least one years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience. ​Registration or licencing is required
Motor vehicle parts interpreter​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​
N/A​
​Nursery person ​At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with at least two years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one year (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
​N/A
Nursing support worker or nursing assistant At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Diploma or higher level qualification with at least one years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience. N/A
​Pressure welder ​At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with at least two years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one year (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
​N/A
Retail supervisor​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​
N/A​
Scaffolder​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​​​​​​
Registration or licensing may be required​​​​​
Storeperson​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​​​​​
Registration or licensing may be required​​​​
​Telecommunications technician or telecommunications cable jointer ​At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with at least two years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one year (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
​N/A
Tour guide​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​
N/A​
Truck driver - general^ ​At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
​Applicants must have a Heavy Rigid or higher level licence.^
Tyre fitter​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​​​​​​​​
N/A​
​Vehicle painter ​At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with at least two years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one year (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
​N/A
Waiter - supervisor At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience 
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
Applicant's experience must be in line with the food and beverage - supervisor job description below.​
N/A​

Cook - specialist ethnic cuisine

Although this occupation is not on the Australian Government’s current list of eligible skilled occupations a formal skills assessment is required for citizens of some countries.

This occupation is limited to high quality dining establishments specialising in authentic ethnic cuisine only.

To qualify as a high quality dining establishments specialising in authentic ethnic cuisine the restaurant must:

  • specialise in authentic ethnic cuisine
  • provide an a la carte menu
  • have a quality website, featuring photos of the establishment and / or its food
  • serve visually appealing food at above average prices.

For the occupation of cook of specialist ethnic cuisine an English language concession requires:

  • you achieve an overall IELTS band score of 5.0 or an equivalent level on another English language testing system accepted by the Australian Government
  • no minimum individual IELTS test component score for reading, writing, speaking and listening or equivalent in another eligible English testing system.

Employers nominating this occupation have to provide you with accredited English language training during work time. This is until you achieve:

  • an average IELTS score of 5.0 with no individual IELTS test component being less than 4.0 or equivalent in another eligible English testing system
  • or the equivalent level on another English testing system accepted by the Australian Government.

Truck driver - general^

For the occupation of truck driver - general you must demonstrate to the NT Motor Vehicle Registry that you meet the NT Heavy Rigid (HR) licensing requirements.

To meet the requirements you must:

  • be an NT resident
  • have held a C class licence, a standard car licence, for at least two years or a Light Rigid or Medium Rigid (MR) licence for at least one year
  • learn to drive a Heavy Rigid vehicle from a driver who holds a HR or higher licence.

If you don’t hold an MR licence, you must:

  • pass a heavy vehicle theory test
  • pass a heavy vehicle eye test
  • pass a driving assessment or approved training course.

Special occupations

If you have work experience as a:

  • bar attendant - supervisor
  • waiter - supervisor
  • cook - specialist ethnic cuisine.

you will be considered against the industry standard job descriptions below.

Job descriptions

Bar attendant - supervisor (19.7 kb)
Bar attendant - supervisor (26.5 kb)

Waiter - supervisor (20.7 kb)
Waiter - supervisor (27.6 kb)

Cook - specialist ethnic cuisine (14.3 kb)
Cook - specialist ethnic cuisine (25.5 kb)

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Last updated: 12 October 2017