Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)

In March 2019, the  Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) was approved.   The final details are yet to be released including the application process, occupations list and criteria.

The final requirements to be released: June 2019

Lodge applications from:  July 2019

Start advertising the position:  Immediately*

The Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is a five year labour agreement between the Federal Government, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Shires of Coolgardie, Leonora and Menzies. The DAMA is an employer sponsored visa program and individual applicants cannot apply without employer sponsorship.

The Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) allows employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers in 72 occupations across a range of industries that are currently experiencing critical skill and labour shortages. The approved list of skilled workers includes occupations such as childcare workers, hospitality supervisors and disability workers.

Employers are required to demonstrate that no Australian can be found to fill the position by advertising the position for a minimum of 28 days in the 4 months prior to nomination submission.  Strict requirements for the advertising must be met, including the wording of the advertisements and the medium of advertising.

Businesses can access the Goldfields DAMA if they are actively operating in the Goldfields region and:
  • are financially viable and have been operating for at least 12 months
  • have met their prior sponsorship obligations
  • the positions they wish to nominate are listed in the Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)
  • have met the labour market testing requirements
  • can met the market salary rate requirements
Visa applicants nominated under the Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) are required to live and work in the region.  Fly in/out arrangements are not acceptable.
Around 500 approved nominations for Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) or Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visas will be endorsed in the first year. The number of occupations and nominations in following years is to be renegotiated with the Federal Minister, following an annual review.

*Advertising the position / Labour Market Testing:   

For most nominations, the advertising will reflect the requirements for standard 482 nominations and must be done:

  • within the 4 months immediately before lodging a nomination application
  • if within 4 months before lodging the nomination application, and if the sponsor or an associated entity has made any Australian citizen or permanent resident workers redundant or retrenched them from positions in the nominated occupation, the advertising must have occurred  since the date that these events occurred. Note: when this occurs, information about these redundancies or retrenchments must also be provided.

Advertising of the nominated position must meet all of the below:

  • the advertisement was in Australia, in English and included the following information:
    • the title, or a description, of the position. Note, multiple positions in one advertisement are acceptable
    • the skills or experience required for the position
    • the name of the approved sponsor or the name of the recruitment agency being used by the sponsor and
    • the salary for the position – if the annual earnings for the position are lower than AUD96,400. Note: it is acceptable to publish a salary range—for example AUD80,000 to AUD90,000.
  • at least 2 advertisements were published in any of the below:
    • on a prominent or professional recruitment website with national reach (for example that publishes advertisements for positions throughout Australia.
      • industry specific recruitment websites relevant to the occupation that are in significant use by the industry are an acceptable method of LMT advertising.
      • a general classifieds website or an advertisement solely through social media notification (such as Twitter or Instagram) are not acceptable methods. LinkedIn’s online recruitment platform is acceptable for LMT purposes. Job vacancies restricted to LinkedIn profile members only are not acceptable for LMT purposes.
    • in national print media—that is, newspapers or magazines with national reach that are published at least monthly and marketed throughout Australia
    • on national radio with national reach;  or
    • on the business’ website if the sponsor is an accredited sponsor.
  • advertisements including on websites, are expected to have run for at least 4 weeks.
  • applications or expressions of interest for the advertised position must have been accepted for at least 4 weeks.


  • the nominated position may be advertised in the same medium (such as newspaper advertisements – on two separate occasions) or in any two different mediums simultaneously, or on two separate occasions
  • advertising may have been undertaken by a third party if authorised to do so by the sponsor (for example, an associated entity or a contracted party, such as a recruitment agency) – there is no requirement that the sponsor placed the advertisement themselves.



Migration Agent ReviewsInterested employers are invited to contact our Migration Agent Perth on 1800 875 285

Michelle Firth, Registered Migration Agent 0636086 & 0006808
18 years’ experience in employer sponsored, skilled migration and family migration.