The Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement (Goldfields DAMA) is an employer-sponsored visa program, which comes under the Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482 labour agreement stream) and the Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186 labour agreement stream) visas. An individual worker cannot apply for a visa independently under the Goldfields DAMA. They should look for a job with a Goldfields business who will sponsor them.
There are several steps in the Goldfields DAMA process. Step 1
Your business needs to apply to the Goldfields DAMA Designated Area Representative for endorsement. Fill the endorsement form and submit the required supporting documentation. Read the business guide, and then the sponsor's checklist before filling in the form and for list of supporting documents. Step 2
If your business is eligible to access the Goldfields DAMA, a letter of endorsement and copies of the supporting documents will be sent to the Australian Government. Step 3
Your business can then request a labour agreement through ImmiAccount
The Goldfields DAR will send you an ImmiAccount guide for your specific DAMA labour agreement application with the Department of Home Affairs. Step 4
Your business provide the overseas worker with settlement information:
• prior to you engaging them, or
• if they are arleady working for you, prior to them lodging their Subclass 482 or 186 visa application, unless they have been living and working in the Goldfields for at least 12 months prior to them lodging their visa application. Step 5
Under some occupations the Department of Home Affairs must verify whether the overseas worker, that the businesses intends to nominate, has qualifications and/or experience that match those required for the nominated Goldfields DAMA occupation.
When the verification has been completed, the Department of Home Affairs will issue a skills verification letter to be included with the overseas workers visa application. Step 6
Your business submits a nomination application to the Australian Government for every overseas worker you want to employ under the Goldfields DAMA using your ImmiAccount. Step 7
Your overseas worker can then apply for a TSS (subclass 482)
or an ENS (subclass 186)
Although there is no charge for the labour agreement stream (Australian Government), there are fees and charges which change over time for the following:
• endorsement by the Goldfields DAMA Designated Area Representative (Goldfields DAR) to access the Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement
To lodge an application with Goldfields DAR:
- read the terms and conditions outlined in the employer’s guide
- prepare the required documents listed in checklist
- complete Form
- scan and attach the required documents, and
- pay the Goldfields DAMA processing application fee i.e. $250 per nomination.
• associated costs for DAMA including nominee visa application charges and SAF Levy
For information on the fees and charges for visas go to the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website
Endorsement to access the Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement (Goldfields 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 Goldfields Designated Representative for endorsement each subsequent year.
Most applications in subsequent years are for additional numbers of the same endorsed occupation type(s), however additional occupations included in the agreement can be applied for.
The department examines the business’ current and future workforce needs to determine:
- which occupation(s) and concession(s) requested may be accessed, 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 salary 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.