Occupations and concessions

Please refer to the list of sponsored occupations.

Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement concessions compared with the Standard Business Sponsorship requirements for a Subclass 457 visa

Standard Subclass 457 sponsorship English language proficiency requirements

When sponsoring an overseas worker your business has to demonstrate that the worker can meet one of the following:

  1. an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of at least 5 or an equivalent level on another English language testing system accepted by the Australian Government:
    • no individual IELTS test component result in speaking, reading or writing can be less than 4.5 or an equivalent level on an accepted English language testing system
    • the worker must have these results in same test
    • the test result must be no more than three years before their visa application was lodged.
  2. holds a current passport from one these countries:
    • Canada
    • New Zealand
    • Republic of Ireland
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America.
  3. has completed at least five years of continuous full-time study in a secondary or higher education institution where instruction was in English.

An English language concession is not available for some occupations.

For the occupation of cook - specialist ethnic cuisine - the overseas worker must also achieve an IELTS overall band score of 5 or an equivalent level on another English language testing system accepted by the Australian Government.

No minimum individual IELTS test component score is required.

Skills and qualifications

If you are sponsoring a worker under the Standard Business Sponsorship arrangements for a Subclass 457 visa the occupations available and the caveats that apply to those occupations are on the Australian Government’s current list of eligible skilled occupations.

Your worker has to show they hold qualifications or have relevant work experience in their nominated occupation. This has to be to the standard specified in the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations dictionary.

For some occupations there are formal skills assessment requirements for citizens of some countries.

Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement concessions

If you requested a skills concession you may have access to a number of occupations that are not on the Australian Government's current list of eligible occupations. 

For these occupations the overseas worker will need to demonstrate the appropriate level of qualification and work experience. Detailed information on this can be found on the skilled occupation list and semi-skilled occupation list.

Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold

Standard Subclass 457 sponsorship requirements

If you are sponsoring an overseas worker as a Standard Business Sponsor under the mainstream arrangements for a Subclass 457 visa you must pay the market rate for the position or the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT), whichever is higher.

You must ensure that the salary and conditions of your overseas worker are the same as those for Australian citizens or permanent residents doing the same job in the same location.

You must show that the market rate for the position you nominated is at least the TSMIT

Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement concession

If the market rate for an occupation in the NT is less than TSMIT you may be able to access a concession to the TSMIT under the NT Designated Area Migration Agreement.

In this situation you need to show that the terms and conditions offered to the overseas worker are at least the same as those for an Australian doing the same job in the same location. 

There are three options for salary concessions.

You will need to provide a business case to support your application.

This has to show that an overseas worker, who is on a concessional TSMIT salary, would not suffer financial hardship.

Information needed when asking for the concession

The information you have to provide when requesting any of the NT DAMA concessions is in the:

Request for endorsement to access a labour agreement under the DAMA (113.5 kb)
Request for endorsement to access a labour agreement under the DAMA (61.3 kb)

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Last updated: 05 July 2017