Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement

About the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement

The new Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) lets the Northern Territory (NT) employers sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local workers. It is the second version of the NT DAMA and applies to the whole of the NT and is tailored to address current and emerging labour market shortages and local terms and conditions of employment.

NT DAMA utilises the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482), businesses enter into a labour agreement with the Australian Government and workers are then granted a subclass 482 visa.

Note: The NT DAMA is an employer-sponsored visa program and individual workers cannot apply for a visa independently.

The key elements of NT DAMA are:

  • pathways to permanent residency for NT DAMA visa holders (including transitional arrangements for existing visa holders)
  • a broad range of occupations that reflect NT skilled and semi-skilled shortages, with no caveats to apply
  • English language concessions for some occupations
  • salary concessions that reflect NT market rates, ensuring that worker terms and conditions of employment are not eroded, and NT businesses and consumers are not subjected to inflationary costs
  • a range of risk and integrity actions to ensure that the rights of both employees and employers are protected
  • a five year agreement to reduce red tape.

Users of the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement

Businesses can access the NT DAMA if they are actively operating in the NT and:

  • are viable and have been operating for at least 12 months
  • have no history of not meeting its obligations to employees
  • are looking to employ overseas workers to fill full-time positions with duties that align with one of the occupations on the NT DAMA list
  • can demonstrate they cannot fill the position locally with Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • can provide terms and conditions of employment to overseas workers that are in accordance with those offered to Australian workers employed in the region.

Occupations included in the agreement

The table shows occupations that are eligible for sponsorship under the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA).

It also shows the concessions that may be applied.

Your business can seek a Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) concession. However, there must be a strong business case provided to support a TSMIT concession.

Your business has to show that the salary offered to a prospective overseas worker is at least what an Australian citizen or permanent resident could expect doing the same job in the same location.

Occupations eligible for sponsorship under the NT DAMA
ANZSCO codeOccupation ANZSCO skill level English concession may be available TSMIT concession may be available
221111 Accountant - general 1   
551111 Accounts clerk 4
423111 Aged or disabled carer 4  
721111 Agricultural and horticultural mobile plant operator 4
231111 Aeroplane pilot^ 1   
342111 Airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic^ 3  
323111 Aircraft maintenance engineer - avionics^ 3  ✓  
323112 Aircraft maintenance engineer - mechanical^ 3  ✓  
121111 Aquaculture farmer 1
362212 Arborist 3  
321111 Automotive electrician 3  
351111 Baker 3
070499# Bar attendant - supervisor^ 4
431112 Barista 4
451111 Beauty therapist 4  
121312 Beef cattle farmer 1
551211 Bookkeeper 4
731211 Bus driver^ 4
351211 Butcher or smallgoods maker 3
394111 Cabinetmaker 3  
342411 Cabler - data and telecommunications 3  
141111 Café or restaurant manager 2    ✓
331212 Carpenter 3  
351311 Chef 2  
111111 Chief executive or managing director 1   
421111 Childcare worker^ 4  
134111 Childcare centre manager^ 1   
312212 Civil engineering technician 2  
411711 Community worker 2  
149311 Conference and event organiser 2    ✓
351411 Cook 3
070499# Cook - specialist ethnic cuisine 3
149212 Customer service manager 2    ✓
442213 Crowd controller^ 4  
899211 Deckhand^ 4
423211 Dental assistant 4  
321212 Diesel motor mechanic 3  
411712 Disabilities services officer 2  
399911 Diver 3
241111 Early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher^ 1   
721211 Earthmoving plant operator - general 4
311412 Earth science technician 2  ✓  
342211 Electrical linesworker^ 3  
342314 Electronic instrument trades worker - general 3  
721214 Excavator operator 4
149913 Facilities manager 2   
421112 Family day care worker^ 4  
411713 Family support worker 2  
323211 Fitter - general 3  
323212 Fitter and turner 3  
323213 Fitter-welder 3  
332111 Floor finisher 3
231113 Flying instructor^ 1   
721311 Forklift driver 4
121213 Fruit or nut grower 1
431311 Gaming worker 4
142114 Hair or beauty salon manager 2  
391111 Hairdresser 3
313111 Hardware technician 2  
141311 Hotel or motel manager 2   ✓ 
542113 Hotel or motel receptionist 4  
431411 Hotel service manager 3
313112 ICT customer support officer 2  ✓  
313199 ICT support technicians nec 2  ✓  
272412 Interpreter^ 1   
362213 Landscape gardener 3  
141411 Licensed club manager 2   ✓ 
721912 Linemarker 4
221112 Management accountant 1   
225113 Marketing specialist 1  
322311 Metal fabricator 3  
121411 Mixed crop and livestock farmer 1
121216 Mixed crop farmer 1
121317 Mixed livestock farmer 1
321211 Motor mechanic - general 3  
899411 Motor vehicle parts and accessories fitter - general 4
621311 Motor vehicle or caravan salesperson 4  
621312 Motor vehicle parts interpreter 4
321213 Motorcycle mechanic 3  
423312 Nursing support worker 4  
512111 Office manager 2   
421114 Out of school hours care worker^ 4  
324111 Panelbeater 3
423313 Personal care assistant 4  
311215 Pharmacy technician 2  
334111 Plumber - general^ 3  
322312 Pressure welder 3  
511112 Program or project administrator 2   
612112 Property manager 3   
272612 Recreation officer 1   
411715 Residential care worker 2  
142111 Retail manager - general 2  
621511 Retail supervisor 4  
131112 Sales and marketing manager 1   
322211 Sheetmetal trades worker 3
231212 Ship’s engineer 1  
231213 Ship’s master^ 1   
321214 Small engine mechanic 3  
399516 Sound technician 3
133611 Supply and distribution manager 1   ✓ 
221113 Taxation accountant 1   
342412 Telecommunications cable jointer 3  
342413 Telecommunications linesworker 3  
342414 Telecommunications technician 3  
423314 Therapy aide 4  
451412 Tour guide 4
733111 Truck driver - general^ 4
121221 Vegetable grower 1
324311 Vehicle painter 3
361311 Veterinary nurse 3    ✓
070499# Waiter supervisor 4
712921 Waste water or water plant operator 4   
313113 Web administrator 2  
232414 Web designer 1  
322313 Welder - first class 3  
272613 Welfare worker 1   ✓ 
411716 Youth worker 2  

# occupations not listed in ANZSCO
^ applicants must meet occupational licensing or registration requirements.


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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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) PDF (78.1 KB)
Bar attendant (supervisor) DOCX (26.6 KB)

Waiter (supervisor) PDF (78.6 KB)
Waiter (supervisor) DOCX (27.7 KB)

Cook (specialist ethnic cuisine) PDF (68.4 KB)
Cook (specialist ethnic cuisine) DOCX (25.6 KB)

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.

English language concessions available to overseas workers
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.

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.

Overseas worker to demonstrate qualifications and experience

If a business is endorsed to access an occupation on the Australian Government’s current list of eligible skilled occupations (the short-term skilled occupation list, medium and long-term strategic skills list or regional occupation list), the overseas worker will needed to demonstrate the same level of qualifications and experience as the standard Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) and Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa programs.

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Overseas workers filling any Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) occupations that are not on the Australian Government’s short-term skilled occupation list, medium and long-term strategic skills list or regional occupation list must meet all of the following requirements:

  • undergo a skills verification by the Northern Territory Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
  • meet the skill level as defined in ANZSCO
  • have at least two years post qualification experience*.

* The two years post qualification experience is in addition to any work experience requirements outlined in ANZSCO as substitution of qualifications.

Overseas workers seeking to be nominated to fill occupations listed in the table below must meet all of the following requirements:

  • undergo a skills verification by the Northern Territory Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
  • have at least a relevant Australian qualifications framework (AQF) diploma or equivalent or higher level qualification
  • at least one year (20 hours plus per week)* relevant post qualification experience.

* The length of work experience cannot be calculated on a pro rata basis, for example, six months full-time work experience cannot satisfy this requirement.

Specified skill level 4 occupations
ANZSCO codeOccupation ANZSCO skill level
423111 Aged or disabled carer 4
421111 Child care worker 4
423211 Dental assistant 4
421112 Family day care worker 4
423312 Nursing support worker 4
421114 Out of school hours care worker 4
423313 Personal care assistant 4
423314 Therapy aide 4

Overseas workers seeking to be nominated to fill any other skill level 4 occupations eligible for the NT DAMA must meet the following requirements:

  • undergo a skills verification by the Northern Territory Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, and
  • have an AQF Certificate II or equivalent and at least one and a half years (20 hours plus per week)* relevant post qualifications experience, or
  • at least a relevant AQF Certificate III or equivalent and at least one year (20 hours plus per week)* relevant post qualification experience, or
  • at least two years (38 hours plus per week)** relevant experience.

* The length of work experience cannot be calculated on a pro rata basis, for example, six months full-time work experience cannot satisfy this requirement.

** The length of work experience cannot be calculated on a pro rata basis, for example, four years part-time work experience cannot satisfy this requirement.


How businesses are assessed as being eligible

The Northern Territory (NT) Government considers all of the following factors to determine if a businesses can use the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA).

If you are operating and located in the NT:

  • businesses must have been actively operating for at least 12 months
  • all positions to be filled must be located in the NT.

What your workforce needs are:

  • the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation will assess your current and future workforce needs to determine which occupation(s) and concession(s) requested will be endorsed under the NT DAMA
  • how many positions can be nominated for each occupation and for each concession
  • the endorsement to access the NT DAMA is for up to five years, however the endorsement of occupations and numbers of positions to be filled is valid for one year. Businesses seeking to access more overseas workers will need to apply to the department for endorsement of occupation(s) and the number of vacant positions each year.

Whether you are unable to employ an Australian citizen or permanent resident to fill the position and whether you are offering terms and conditions of employment that meet market rates:

  • businesses need to demonstrate they have undertaken appropriate labour market testing and are unable to employ an Australian citizen or permanent resident to fill the position
  • the standard of labour market testing including duration, content and eligible mediums of advertising, are defined by the Department of Home Affairs, for more information on labour market testing requirements go to the Department of Home Affairs website
  • businesses need to provide evidence the terms and conditions of employment are in line with Australian workplace standards - they must be no less than what an Australian would be paid to undertake the same job in the same location.

Whether you can be endorsed to access concessions:

  • businesses seeking endorsement for the English or Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold concessions will need to demonstrate why the concession(s) are needed for the position(s) they are trying to fill.

Read more about how to apply.


Adverse information

If you are seeking endorsement to access the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) certain information about your business could be considered to be adverse information.

This may include any investigation, conviction, finding of non-compliance, administrative action or legal proceeding relating to a federal, state or territory law in areas like:

  • immigration
  • industrial relations
  • occupational health and safety.
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You must provide a statement confirming that your business or any entity you have been associated with has not been investigated or audited in the past five years on compliance with provisions relating to:

  • migration
  • industrial relations and workplace relations
  • occupational health and safety.

If a current or past business has been investigated or audited during the last five years you must provide the NT Government with details on why this happened and on the outcome.

You should explain any mitigating circumstances that you think should be considered.

The following information is required:

  • the nature of the adverse information
  • how the adverse information arose, including the credibility of the source of the adverse information
  • in the case of an alleged contravention of a law, whether the allegations have been substantiated or not
  • whether the adverse information arose recently or some time ago
  • whether your business has taken any steps to ensure the circumstances that led to the adverse information don’t happen again
  • information about findings made by a relevant authority* in relation to the adverse information and the significance attached by the competent authority to the adverse information.

*Relevant authorities include the following:

  • the Department of Home Affairs or another Australian Government agency
  • the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman, or former authority with this function, or the relevant state or territory government authority in relation to compliance with workplace relations provisions
  • the relevant state or territory government authority in relation to compliance with occupational health and safety provisions.

If the NT Government decides to endorse your business to access NT DAMA it will provide the Australian Government with information on the outcomes of the investigation or audits. It will also provide any statements about mitigating circumstances you may provide.

The Australian Government will then take this into consideration when negotiating a labour agreement under the DAMA with you.

If the NT Government has endorsed your business, this does not guarantee that the Australian Government will grant a labour agreement to your business.


How to find an Australian worker

If you want Northern Territory (NT) Government endorsement to get overseas workers under the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement you have to show that you have not been able to get suitably qualified and skilled Australian citizens or permanent residents to fill positions.

Local recruitment options

You must provide evidence of your local recruitment efforts over the last four months. There are many ways you can do this. You could:

  • contact a recruitment agency
  • advertise a vacancy in:
    • newspapers
    • professional and trade publications
    • industry associations’ newsletters.
  • advertise on a recruitment website like:
    • CareerOne - if you advertise a vacancy in the NT News or the Centralian Advocate your vacancy will also be published on this site
    • Seek
    • Adzuna
    • Australian JobSearch.
  • work with Job Services Australia, who work with businesses to assess the types of workers required and attempt to match them with trained and work ready job seekers.
  • consider employing an apprentice - if you don’t have enough work for an ongoing or full-time apprenticeship position, group training organisations can organise to share an apprentice with another business, go to the Australian Apprenticeships website.

The standard of labour market testing including duration, content and eligible mediums of advertising, are defined by the Department of Home Affairs, for more information on labour market testing requirements go to the Department of Home Affairs website.


The market rate requirement for subclass 482 visa holders

To be endorsed to access the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) you have to show that the overseas worker you are sponsoring will be paid at least the local market rate for the occupation to which they are to be sponsored.

You must demonstrate that the terms and conditions of employment you are offering your overseas worker will be no less than those that you would provide to an equivalently skilled and experienced Australian worker performing the same work at the same location.

The proposed terms and conditions must also reflect the market rate for the occupation in the region.

The only time the market rate does not apply is when the proposed guaranteed annual earnings of the overseas worker will be at least exemption salary rate set by the Australian Government, which is $250,000 per year.

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Terms and conditions are considered to be less favourable if the overseas worker’s guaranteed annual earnings are less than those of a comparable Australian worker.

Guaranteed annual earnings include:

  • wages
  • guaranteed allowances such as accommodation or food allowances
  • agreed reasonable monetary value of non-monetary benefits such as a motor vehicle to which the employee is entitled in return for the performance of work.

Guaranteed annual earnings don’t include the following:

  • payments or amounts that can’t be determined in advance such as overtime, performance based commissions or bonuses
  • reimbursements paid to the employee
  • compulsory superannuation payments.

The type of evidence needed depends on whether you already employ an Australian citizen or permanent resident (an Australian) in the same role in the same location.

If you do employ a comparable Australian in the same role in the same location then you should provide:

  • the Australian worker’s payslip or employment contract with identifying details removed
  • a comparison of the duties, number of hours worked and level of experience of the Australian and the overseas workers to show that the salary and other terms are comparable.

If your business does not employ a comparable Australian then you need to explain how you determined the overseas worker’s proposed guaranteed annual earnings. You have to supply:

  • the relevant industrial agreement, enterprise agreement or award
  • information from employer associations or unions
  • ABS statistics
  • Australian Government Job Outlook data
  • remuneration surveys
  • job vacancy advertisements.

Unless the subclass 482 visa holder’s country of citizenship has reciprocal arrangements with Australia they are not eligible for government support like Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Subclass 482 visa holders must maintain private health insurance when in Australia. This is also required of any family members included on their visa who are living in Australia.

You should take this into consideration if you are applying to the Northern Territory Government for a salary concession.

It is mandatory that when you have signed the labour agreement with the Department of Home Affairs that you continue to pay your overseas workers market rates.

This may mean that the subclass 482 visas holder’s salary will need to be reviewed and increased in line with changes to the market rate.

Your sponsorship obligations are ongoing. Serious penalties and administrative sanctions will apply if your business has breached any obligations in relation the subclass 482 visa holders it employs.


Fees and charges

There are no charges for:

  • endorsement by Migration to access the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement - Northern Territory Government
  • labour agreement - Australian Government
  • skills verification for selected occupations - Northern Territory Government.

There are fees, which change over time, for:

For information on the fees and charges for visas go to the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.


How to apply

The Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) is an employer-sponsored visa program which comes under the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482 labour agreement stream). An individual worker cannot apply for a visa independently under the NT DAMA. They should look for a job with an Northern Territory business who will sponsor them.

There are several steps in the NT DAMA process.


Permanent residence pathway

The new Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) provides a pathway to permanent residence.

Eligible employees will be able to apply for permanent residence through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa.

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Employees must meet the following at the time of nomination:

  • be under 50 years of age.
  • hold a subclass 457 or subclass 482 visa issued under the current NT DAMA
  • meet the qualifications and experience requirement
  • if you are nominated for an occupation which is eligible for English language concession, you must have a minimum score of an overall 5 and a minimum 4.5 in each band in an IELTS test or equivalent
  • if you are nominated for an occupation that is not eligible for an English language concession, you must have a minimum score of at least 6 in an IELTS test or equivalent
  • meet the work requirement
    • have worked full-time in the NT, for at least three of the four years prior to nomination in one or more NT DAMA endorsed businesses
    • in those three years, you must have worked in your nominated occupation or in an occupation in the same ANZSCO four-digit level; that occupation must be specified in the NT DAMA eg personal care assistant (ANZSCO 423313) and therapy aide (ANZSCO 423314) are on the same ANZSCO four-digit level
    • in those three years, you must have been on a subclass 457 or subclass 482 visa issued under the NT DAMA
  • meet the requirements from the Department of Home Affairs website.

Nominating businesses must meet the following nomination requirements:

  • the occupation you are nominating must be the one connected to the employee’s subclass 457 or subclass 482 visa
  • you must offer full-time employment to the nominee for at least two years, with the possibility of extension.

Nominating businesses must be endorsed under the current NT DAMA and have an associated labour agreement in place with the Australian Government.

This means that businesses who hold a labour agreement under previous NT DAMA(s) must be endorsed under the current NT DAMA and enter into a new labour agreement to nominate for a subclass 186 visa.

In addition to the above, nominating businesses must also meet the endorsement criteria including labour market testing requirements, and meet the requirements from the Department of Home Affairs website.

If you are a business with an existing NT DAMA II labour agreement:

Step 1: Your business needs to apply to the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation for subsequent year endorsement. You can find the checklist and forms on the subsequent year endorsement process page.

Step 2: Once endorsed, the Department of Home Affairs will contact you and work with you to amend your existing labour agreement.

Step 3: Submit your nomination application for the subclass 186 to the Department of Home Affairs.

Step 4: The employee can then lodge an application for a subclass 186 visa.

If you do not have an existing NT DAMA II labour agreement:

Step 1: Your business needs to apply to the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation for endorsement. You can find the checklist and forms on the how to apply page.

Step 2: Once endorsed, you must request a labour agreement from the Department of Home Affairs through ImmiAccount.

Step 3: Submit your nomination application for the subclass 186 to the Department of Home Affairs.

Step 4: The employee can then lodge an application for a subclass 186 visa.


Subsequent year endorsement process

Endorsement to access the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) is for up to five years, however initial allocation of occupation types and number of vacancies are for the first year only. Businesses seeking to access new overseas workers will need to apply to the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation each subsequent year.

Most applications are for additional numbers of the same endorsed occupation types, however additional occupations included in the agreement can be applied for.

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The department examines the business’ current and future workforce needs to determine:

  • which occupations and concessions requested may be accessible, and how many positions can be nominated for each
  • whether the business is unable to employ an Australian citizen or permanent resident to fill the position and whether the business is offering terms and conditions of employment that meet market rates. Businesses need to:
    • demonstrate they have undertaken appropriate labour market testing and are unable to employ an Australian citizen or permanent resident to fill the position. The standard of labour market testing, including duration, content and eligible mediums of advertising, are defined by the Department of Home Affairs, for more information on labour market testing requirements go to the Department of Home Affairs website
    • provide evidence that the terms and conditions of employment are in line with Australian workplace requirements - they must be no less than what an Australian would be paid to undertake the same job in the same location
  • whether the employer may be able to access the concessions, read occupations included in the agreement and concessions available. To access the English or Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold concessions, employers will need to provide evidence in support of the concessions sought.

Your business needs to apply to the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation for subsequent year endorsement. Fill the form below and submit with the supporting documentation in the checklist.

Request for subsequent year endorsement under the NT DAMA form DOCX (182.8 KB)

Checklist:

Checklist of supporting documentation
ItemDescription
1. Request for subsequent year endorsement under the NT DAMA form
2. Form 956 (if a registered migration agent is assisting this application)
3. Recruitment summary and evidence of advertisement for each nominated position

Refer to section 7 of the endorsement form above and provide evidence of domestic recruitment efforts over the last four months. This evidence must meet Australian Government Labour market testing requirements, for more information on labour market testing requirements go to the Department of Home Affairs website

Evidence can include:

  1. samples of advertisements, receipts for advertisements and results of advertisements in newspapers, online platforms, professional journals, industry news letters etc
  2. contracts with recruitment agencies
  3. evidence of participation in job search programs / activities (if any)
4. Job descriptions for each nominated position
Must state registration, or licensing requirements (if applicable)
5. Organisation chart less than six months old, requested positions must be displayed
6. Financial and business activity statement for the last financial year
7. Statutory declaration about adverse information, attach evidence of outcome (if any)
For more information on adverse information go to the Department of Home Affairs website
8. Evidence of market salary rate to prove the nominee receives terms and conditions no less favourable than those provided to an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  1. employment contract for an employee in the same position
  2. recent payslips for another employee in the same position or
  3. any other evidence of salary levels for an employee in the same position
Please provide this evidence for each nominated position
9. Employment contract outlining terms and conditions for each position
If already employed in the role, payslips / time sheets
10.A statement from the business (business case) explaining the reasons as to why the additional positions are required

Submit your electronic application with the above supporting documents clearly labelled in separate PDF files to migration@nt.gov.au or mail a hardcopy to:

MigrationNT
Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
GPO Box 3200
Darwin NT 0801


Frequently asked questions

Some frequently asked questions for businesses and prospective workers.

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Who can sponsor prospective workers under the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA)?

Northern Territory (NT) businesses with well-established operations in the NT for a minimum of 12 months. Find out more about how businesses are assessed as being eligible.

Can businesses sponsor prospective workers currently residing overseas under the NT DAMA?

NT employers can sponsor workers residing in Australia or overseas from any country.

How long is the process time for the NT DAMA application?

The NT Government endeavours to complete processes within 10 working days, however if businesses have not supplied all necessary information required to make a decision the process will take longer. The Department of Home Affairs determines its own processing times.

Does the labour market testing apply under the NT DAMA?

Yes, find out more about how businesses are assessed as being eligible.

Does the Skilling Australian Fund levy apply under the NT DAMA?

Yes, for more information read the Skilling Australian Fund page.

Can prospective workers apply for a visa under the NT DAMA independently?

No. The NT DAMA is an employer-sponsored visa program which comes under the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482 labour agreement stream). Businesses must apply to the NT Government to access the NT DAMA for the occupations, concessions and number of workers they require.

If the business is endorsed by the NT Government and if the Australian Government signs a labour agreement with the business, they can then submit nomination applications for the appropriately skilled workers they have identified.

An worker interested in a visa cannot apply independently.

Will the NT Government recommend businesses that may want to sponsor prospective workers under the NT DAMA?

No. The NT Government does not connect those interested in a visa with businesses who are endorsed, or may be interested in applying to be endorsed, under the NT DAMA. Find out more about looking for jobs in the Northern Territory.

Will the prospective workers be guaranteed permanent residency under the NT DAMA?

No. Workers must meet the eligibility requirements for permanent residency under the NT DAMA. The current pathway to permanent residency is through the subclass 186 (labour agreement stream) permanent residency sponsorship in an employer’s choice.

What visa will be granted to a nominee worker under the NT DAMA?

A worker who is successfully sponsored under the NT DAMA is granted a subclass 482 (labour agreement stream) visa.

Who will grant the visa under the NT DAMA?

The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs makes all visa decisions.

Is there age limit on the applicant?

The subclass 482 does not have an age limit, however businesses and workers aspiring to access the permanent residence pathway must be aware that this has an age limit of 49 year old (cannot have turned 50) at time of permanent residence nomination.