Skip to main content

Designated Area Migration Agreement

A Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is a formal agreement between the Australian Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) and a regional, state or territory authority. It provides access to more overseas workers than the standard skilled migration programs. DAMAs operate under an agreement-based framework, providing flexibility for regions to respond to their unique economic and labour market conditions. Businesses seeking to access a DAMA must first obtain endorsement from an authorised Designated Area Representative (DAR).

You can find out more about DAMAs on the Department of Home Affairs website(opens in a new tab).

woman skilled migrant standing in a factory with a yellow safety, holding a transceiver and wearing blue jumpsuit
News by Category
State Nominated Migration Program

Western Australia Designated Area Migration Agreement Program

woman skilled migrant standing in a factory with a yellow safety, holding a transceiver and wearing blue jumpsuit

Launch of the Western Australia Designated Area Migration Agreement Program

Image
People looking at a laptop

What is a Designated Area Representative (DAR)

Authorised by Home Affairs, a Designated Area Representative (DAR) manages and oversees a DAMA program for a specific area. Responsibilities include: 

  • endorsing businesses to access Labour Agreements and hire Skilled Migrants; 
  • monitoring labour market trends in the DAMA region; 
  • guiding the application process for a DAMA Labour Agreement; 
  • endorsing businesses to Home Affairs.
Image
Shaking hands

What is a Labour Agreement

To sponsor skilled workers through a specific visa type and pathway, businesses need to have negotiated an individual labour agreement with Home Affairs, which is:

  • generally in effect for five years; and
  • uses the subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS), subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional), and subclass 186 Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) visa programs.

Businesses must seek and gain endorsement from the relevant DAR to access the terms and concessions available through the applicable DAMA, before they can seek to enter into an individual DAMA labour agreement with Home Affairs under one of the approved WA DAMAs 
 

What DAMAs are available in WA

Currently, there are four regional DAMAs in place that have been tailored to meet the unique labour demands of their respective regions, providing local businesses with specific concessions to attract skilled migrants. 

The Goldfields DAMA is accessible to all businesses operating in the region that meet the business requirements. The Goldfields DAMA head agreement specifies a range of eligible occupations, as well as agreed terms and concessions to the skilled visa eligibility criteria.
The Goldfields DAMA region is defined by the Local Government boundaries of:

  • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder 
  • Shire of Coolgardie 
  • Shire of Dundas 
  • Shire of Esperance
  • Shire of Laverton 
  • Shire of Leonora 
  • Shire of Menzies 
  • Shire of Ravensthorpe

The Kimberley DAMA is accessible to all employers operating in the region that meet the employer requirements. The Kimberley DAMA head agreement specifies a range of eligible occupations, as well as agreed terms and concessions to the skilled visa eligibility criteria.
The Kimberley DAMA region is defined by the Local Government boundaries of:

  • Shire of Wyndham East-Kimberley
  • Shire of Broome
  • Shire of Halls Creek
  • Shire of Derby-West Kimberley

The Kimberley DAMA is accessible to all employers operating in the Kimberley region and is not exclusive to EKCCI members. 

The Pilbara DAMA is accessible to all employers operating in the region that meet the employer requirements. The Pilbara DAMA head agreement specifies a range of eligible occupations, as well as agreed terms and concessions to the skilled visa eligibility criteria. 
The Pilbara DAMA region is defined by the Local Government boundaries of:

  • City of Karratha
  • Town of Port Hedland 
  • Shire of East Pilbara

The South West DAMA is accessible to all employers operating in the region that meet the employer requirements. The South West DAMA head agreement specifies a range of eligible occupations, as well as agreed terms and concessions to the skilled visa eligibility criteria.
The South West DAMA region is defined by the Local Government boundaries of:

  • City of Bunbury
  • City of Busselton
  • Shire of Augusta Margaret River
  • Shire of Boyup Brook
  • Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes
  • Shire of Capel
  • Shire of Collie
  • Shire of Dardanup
  • Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup
  • Shire of Harvey
  • Shire of Manjimup
  • Shire of Nannup

 

The Western Australia Designated Area Migration Agreement (WA DAMA) will be the fifth DAMA for WA and will complement the existing DAMAs and support the whole state.

For occupations located within the designated areas of an active DAMA region, you should continue to apply directly to the respective DAR for endorsement to employ skilled migrants. Each regional DAMA has a unique list of eligible occupations tailored to meet the specific workforce needs of the area.

Regional and WA DAMA occupation eligibility:

If the nominated occupation you are seeking to fill is not available through your local regional DAMA, but the occupation is available under the WA DAMA, you can apply directly to Migration Services for endorsement under the WA DAMA. This provision ensures that businesses have access to a broader range of occupations to support their individual workforce needs.

A map of Western Australia separated into the 10 regional areas

What is the WA DAMA

Two skilled migrants in a warehouse wearing high vis vests

Western Australian businesses seeking to build their workforce through an individual Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) must first seek, and gain endorsement from an authorised Designated Area Representative (DAR). 

The Department of Training and Workforce Development through Migration Services (Migration Services) is the authorised DAR for the WA DAMA. 

The WA DAMA enables eligible businesses in Western Australia, who are unable to recruit appropriately qualified Australians, to supplement their workforce with skilled migrant(s) through three (3) visa pathways: 

  • Temporary Skills Shortage (subclass 482) visa;
  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (subclass 494) visa; or
  • Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186) visa  

Migration Services does not currently charge a fee for an Endorsement application to access the WA DAMA. 

Click below to find out more about the available support services and the WA DAMA to help you employ a skilled migrant.

Eligibility requirements

To be considered for endorsement through the WA DAMA nominating businesses must meet the Western Australian DAMA Employer eligibility and criteria(PDF document - opens in a new tab)[PDF 313 KB]

The onus and responsibility is on the business to provide all requested supporting evidence to enable Migration Services to assess an Endorsement application.

Business is legally established and currently operating in Western Australia
  • Business registration details in Australia, which must include the following information::
    • Registered name of business/organisation.
    • Trading name (if applicable).
    • Certified copy of Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN) registration certificate or licence, including details of share of ownership. 
    • If your business is a company, you can provide either:
      • an Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) company extract (listing registration details for the Australian Company Number); or
      • an Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) listing registration (if applicable).
    • If your business is a Trust, joint venture and franchises, if applicable, please provide the signature page of, and the pages listing the parties to:
      • A trust arrangement;
      • Franchise; or
      • Joint venture arrangement. 
    • If your business is party to a trust arrangement, you must provide a certified copy of the Trust Deed and you must also ensure you submit your application in the name of the trustee as it appears on the Trust Deed, and specify the Trust name and Trust ABN in your application. 
    • Additional permits or licences required to operate for certain businesses (i.e. Builder’s Registration for building company).
  • Evidence that the business is established in Western Australia which must include:
    • Registered business address, including Head office and address of any other operating sites in the State, and photographic evidence of business premises.  
    • Signed commercial tenancy, property lease and property ownership for all relevant properties. 
  • Full legal name and contact details of the nominated business representative,
    • verification of identification (Passport or WA Driver’s licence).
Business is actively operating for more than 12 months and is financially viable
  • Letter from Chartered Accountant, or Certified Practicing Accountant, stating 12 months operation, net assets, profit / loss, and turnover and financial viability for the forward period. 
  • Full set of audited financial statements for the most recently concluded financial year and business activity statement for each quarter of the current financial year.
  • Business capability statement / promotional material referencing operations in Western Australia
  • Business plans or proposals to confirm ongoing business operations including:
    • proposed business investment activity in Western Australia;
    • any contracts or subcontracting arrangement to verify ongoing work in Western Australia; and 
    • financial investment and viability statement for period the business is seeking to nominate a migrant.
Business has had no previous adverse findings, including investigation, convictions, finding of non-compliance, administrative actions or legal proceedings relating to a Federal, State or Territory law 
  • Statement confirming the business, or any entity the nominated business representative has been associated with, has not been investigated or audited in the past 5 years on compliance with provisions relating to:
    • Migration.
    • Industrial relations and workplace relations.
    • Occupational health and safety. 
  • Disclose if a current or past business has been investigated or audited during the last 5 years, evidence must include:
    • Statement and details on what transpired and the outcome, and any mitigating circumstances for consideration, including:
      • nature of adverse information, including the key date/s showing when the adverse information that arose, including the credibility of the source of adverse information;
      • in the case of an alleged contravention of a law, whether the allegations have been substantiated or not;
      • whether your business has taken any steps to ensure the circumstances that led to the adverse information do not reoccur; and
      • 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:

  • Department of Home Affairs or another Australian Government agency.
  • 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.

Business is a verified employer accessing the WA Skilled Migration Employment Register (SMER)
  • SMER unique identifier; and/or
  • Email communication from Migration Services outlining SMER registration has been verified and approved and includes a SMER unique identifier.  
Business must demonstrate that there is a genuine need for additional skilled migrants and the need is based on current workforce structure and future economic activity
  • Formal/endorsed organisational chart (see sample org chart) less than 6 months old, which includes:
    •  positions requested for endorsement (highlighted);
    • position titles;
    • reporting lines for all staff;
    • employment status for each position (apprentices/trainees, full-time, part-time or casual); and
    • visa status for each position (Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen or visa subclass).
  • Details of any redundancies (including position/occupation names and locations) the business may have undertaken within the last 12 months. 
  • Details of any previously lodged or approved Endorsement requests.

For Metropolitan based businesses (operating in the following postcodes 6000 to 6038, 6050 to 6083, 6090 to 6182, 6208 to 6211, 6214, and 6556 to 6558) the Designated Area Representative must be satisfied that the requested number of skilled migrants does not exceed the 50% ratio set by Home Affairs. Evidence must include:

  • Organisation chart details and evidence of:
    • number of Australian citizens or permanent residents currently employed; and
    • number of skilled migrants currently employed, and/or employed within the last 24 months.
Details of each position being requested for Endorsement

Number of positions being requested, including breakdown by year (if applicable). Noting Migration Services can not endorse a position beyond the term of the WA DAMA.

  • Each position being requested must include:
    • ANZSCO code and occupation title; 
    • Visa subclass;
    • Concessions being sought by position;
    • Job descriptions; 
    • Location of position, if applicable [noting, if the position is intended to work alone, in isolation or with only 1 other employee of the business, evidence must be provided to confirm the physical presence of the business in the location specified, such as photos of the business premises, lease agreements]
    • Term and conditions of employment, including salary and hours;
    • Detailed business case outlining the reason seeking endorsement, and any related concessions; and
    • Workforce plan, and/or evidence of pipeline of work, for each position and impact to business should the positions not be filled. 

Noting the nominated occupation must be available on the WA DAMA Occupation List. 
 
Exclusions:

  • Fly-in-fly out positions cannot be considered under the WA DAMA: and
  • where the relevant occupation is available on a current active regional DAMA in WA, and the nominating business is based in that region, endorsement will need to be sought from the relevant DAMA

Nominee
If the details of the nominated Skilled Migrant(s) are known, please include:

  • First and last name (as shown on passport);
  • Nominated occupation; 
  • Country of origin;
  • Location of employment; and
  • Skills and qualifications.
Evidence the terms and conditions of employment for the nominated positions are/will be no less favourable than those provided to an Australian citizen or permanent resident undertaking the same (or similar) position in the same location
  • Template employment contract (if prospective nominee is unknown) which outlines terms and conditions of employment, including a breakdown of salary, superannuation, and non-monetary components. 
  • Employment must be full-time, in accordance with the relevant Award or Agreement for the industry. 
  • Evidence that the salary of Skilled Migrant(s) worker will be no less than the current Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (currently $73,150 p.a.).
  • Three (3) recent payslips – if the prospective nominee is already employed in the position. 

and

At least one (1) of the following:

  • Employment contract and three (3) recent payslips for a current Australian or permanent resident employee undertaking the same (or similar) position in the same location; or
  • Enterprise Agreement specific to the business; or
  • Advertisements for the last six (6) months for the same (or similar) positions in the same location, including the stated salary for the nominated position; or
  • Salary reports specific to the Western Australian market (specified location) from a reputable source.
Evidence there are no Australian citizens or permanent residents able to fill the position in the location specified by undertaking sufficient Labour market testing (LMT) (only required if seeking endorsement under a 482 and 494 visa pathway)
Metropolitan Perth Regional Western Australia
  • At least two (2) separate advertisements
  • At least two (2) separate advertisements with at least one (1) advertisement with national reach.  The other may be advertised locally (within the designed area only)
  • As applicable, advertisements must be on, or in, one of the following:
    • a prominent or professional recruitment website with national reach that publishes advertisements throughout Australia;
    • print media with national reach in Australia;
    • radio with national reach in Australia;
    • business website if the sponsor is an accredited sponsor; 
    • industry-specific websites relevant to the occupation that are in significant use by the industry; or
    • Jobs and Skills Centre Jobs Board. 
  • Advertising (paid or unpaid) must be in English. 
  • Advertisements in general classifieds or social media will not be accepted. 
  • LinkedIn online recruitment is acceptable for LMT purposes but job vacancy advertisement cannot be restricted to LinkedIn profile members only. 
  • Advertising must have been done within the 12 months immediately prior to lodging a nomination visa application with Home Affairs. 
  • Advertisements must include:
    • title or description of the position;
    • skills and experience required for the position;
    • location of the position; 
    • salary for the position; and 
  • the name of the nominating business, or the name of the recruitment agency being used by the nominated business, including evidence demonstrating the nominated business has engaged the recruitment agency.
  • Nominated positions have been advertised for 4 weeks (28 consecutive days).
  • Applications or expressions of interest for the advertised position must have been accepted for at least 4 weeks (28 days). 
  • Invoices received by recruitment agencies (if used).

If an Australian citizen or permanent resident worker has been made redundant or retrenched from the nominated position within the four (4) months prior to lodging a visa application with Home Affairs, the advertising must have occurred since the date of the redundancy or retrenchment. 

Through the WA DAMA, eligible businesses can seek to access a range of concessions to the requirements in the Commonwealth Migration Legislation required to sponsor a Skilled Migrant(s) and grant of a visa application

WA Region Definitions:

· Perth Metropolitan: Focuses on higher skill levels (Skill Levels 1 to 3) and includes semi-skilled occupations (Skill Level 4) and a small number of non-ANZSCO occupations.

· Regional: Offers a broader list of eligible occupations, including higher skill levels (Skill Levels 1 to 3), semi-skilled occupations (Skill Level 4), and additional occupations specific to regional industry needs. It provides a shorter pathway to permanent residency and lesser work experience requirements compared to Perth Metropolitan.

Occupation Distribution:

· 50% of places are allocated to Perth metropolitan.

· 50% of places are allocated to Regional.

Work Experience Concessions:
  • Have at least one (1) year of relevant full time or part time pro rata equivalent work experience for the TSS visa program; or
  • Have at least two (2) years of relevant full time or part time pro rata equivalent work experience for the SESR or ENS visa programs, where the nominated worker will be living and working in Regional Western Australia; or
  • Have at least three years (3) of relevant full time work experience or part time pro rata equivalent work experience for the SESR or ENS visa programs, where the nominated worker will be living and working in Metropolitan Perth.
Age Concession:

· Increased age limit for visa applicants from 45 to 55 years.

English Language Proficiency:

· Minimum English language requirement is IELTS 5.0.

· Skill Level 1-2 occupations: No concession.

· Skill Level 3-4 occupations (TSS/SESR): IELTS 5.0 with no minimum band score.

· Skill Level 3-4 occupations (ENS): IELTS 5.0 with no individual band score lower than 4.0.

Note: Concessions may not be approved for client-facing occupations, those with workplace health and safety concerns, or where registration and licensing require higher English proficiency.

Endorsement requests for Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186 visa) 

Nominated businesses seeking to nominate an existing Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482, or Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) (Labour agreement stream) subclass 494, employee must meet the below eligibility criteria:

  • nominated occupation must be available under the WA DAMA;
  • nominated employee has lived and worked in the Metropolitan Perth (as defined in WA DAMA Perth metropolitan) for a period of three (3) years, or Regional Western Australia (as defined in WA DAMA Regional) for a two (2) year period; 
  • nominated occupation must be connected to the existing employee’s experience in Western Australia whilst nominated on the TSS visa; and
  • offer of full-time employment for at least two (2) years, with possibility of extension offer of permanent employment. 

Note 1) this pathway is only accessible to those skilled migrants whose original nomination resulted from endorsement under the WA DAMA. 
Note 2) Labour marketing testing is not required under the ENS pathway.

  • A positive WA DAMA endorsement is valid for 12 months only from the date of issue.
  • Business must submit their endorsement application within the agreed timeframes. 

To access the WA DAMA nominating businesses must meet the following criteria:

  1.  provide relevant business details and a declaration the employer has no adverse information relating to employment of workers, as detailed in eligibility criteria 1,2 3 outlined below;
  2.  register on the Skilled Migrant Employment Register to aid in finding suitable migrants to nominate as part of the DAMA, as specified in eligibility criteria 4 outlined below; 
  3.  commit to allowing migrants to attend employment law information sessions as specified by Migration Services; and
  4.  complete an annual return verifying the details of all migrants employed under the agreement. 

Understand and agree to the following:: 

A. that by submitting an application for Endorsement you are confirming your intent to:

  • access the Western Australian Designated Area Migration Agreement (WA DAMA) occupations and concessions; 

  • apply to enter into a Labour Agreement with the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs); 

  • provide evidence of Labour Market testing conducted in the last 12 months prior to lodging the nomination application as required by the Migration Legislation for the nominated occupation; and

  • ensure that Skilled Migrant(s) sponsored through Labour Agreements receive terms and conditions that meet applicable Australian workplace Law and are no less favourable that those provided to Australian workers.

B. acknowledge that you are aware of, and agree to comply with, all applicable Commonwealth Migration legislation, including your sponsorship obligations(opens in a new tab)

C. accept that Migration Services the “Designated Area Representative” (DAR) for the WA DAMA and:

  • is under no obligation to approve your application or endorse your business for a Labour Agreement;

  • cannot require Home Affairs to agree to enter into a Labour Agreement with you; 

  • will not be party to any such Labour Agreement; and

  • confirm any concessions requested will not undermine a nominated skilled migrant’s ability to support themselves or lead to exploitation.


Following a successful Endorsement outcome

A. notify Migration Services of the outcome of any Labour Agreement submission or visa applications related to Endorsement;

B. provide Migration Service with information when requested, and annual reports for the term of an approved Labour Agreement; 

C. provide the name and contact details for the nominated Skilled Migrant(s) at the point of lodging a visa application with Home Affairs;

D. submit a Data Release form signed by the nominated skilled migrant, giving permission for Migration Services to receive visa status updates from Home Affairs upon request;

E. provide the nominated Skilled Migrant(s) with settlement information, prior to commencing employment, as provided by Migration Services. Information will include:

  • workplace rights and entitlements;

  • local area services such as health, emergency and educational services;

  • community activities and religious services;

  • living costs in the Designated Area; and

  • English language services (education and translating and interpreting services (TIS National). 

Where the nominated Skilled Migrant(s) has been living and working in the designated area for at least twelve (12) months prior to the visa application, only information about workplace rights and entitlements is required to be provided. 

F. commit to allowing and releasing the nominated skilled migrant/s to attend employment law information session(s) as specified by Migration Services at no cost to the skilled migrant. This requirement is in addition to providing settlement information as specified in requirement 6 (E) in this section;

G. ensure the nominated Skilled Migrant(s) satisfies the skills, qualification, experience and employment background required under the WA DAMA Occupation List.; and

H. ensure the nominated Skilled Migrant(s) will meet any occupation licensing or registration requirement, as per Migration Regulations and/or State and Territory Laws.

Other Support Services

The support services provided by Migration Services are accessible to all of Western Australia, ensuring comprehensive coverage across the entire state.

Image
Team collaborating in a meeting

Connect with skilled migrants

Image
Two workers in protective gear on a worksite
Image
Two people working in a workshop

How to access the WA Designated Area Migration Agreement

Process map outlining the steps required for a business accessing the DAMA

To be eligible for the WA DAMA please check that the position/s you are seeking an Endorsement for are available in your region on the Eligible WA DAMA Occupations list. Before applying for the WA DAMA, check the existing four regional DAMAs as you may be required to apply through your local DAMA if the occupation falls within their designated area.

At a minimum the business must meet the following criteria:

  1. Provide relevant business details and a declaration the employer has no adverse information relating to employment of workers;
  2. register on the Skilled Migration Employment Register to aid in finding suitable migrants to nominate as part of the DAMA;
  3. commit to allowing skilled migrants to attend employment law information sessions;
  4. complete an annual return verifying the details of all skilled migrants employed under the agreement.

You will also need to check that your business meets the requirements outlined in the Eligibility requirements

We know that navigating Australia’s skilled migration system can be complex and confusing at times, so our dedicated WA DAMA team are here to assist if you have any questions.

You will need to create a profile on the Migration WA Portal and complete a registration to join the Skilled Migrant Employment Register. You will be required to provide confirmation of registration as part of the Expression of Interest process. You will use this same portal to login and submit an Expression of Interest for the WA DAMA. 

New Portal users

Sign up and create a Migration WA Portal profile by clicking the button below.

Existing Portal users

If you already have a portal profile, you can log in and select the WA DAMA option to commence the process to submit an Expression of Interest as outlined in step 5.

If you are recruiting for a skilled migrant, Migration Services offers an automated job matching service to assist businesses in connecting with eligible skilled migrants. The Skilled Migration Employment Register (SMER)(opens in a new tab) can help you connect with skilled migrants who are actively seeking employment opportunities in Western Australia. The automated job matching function streamlines the process of finding skilled migrants that align with your job vacancies.

If you have already identified an eligible skilled migrant, you must ensure that the candidate meets the skills, qualifications, and experience required by the WA DAMA occupation list. Additionally, you must ensure that the candidate complies with any necessary occupation licensing or registration requirements according to migration regulations and state laws. This comprehensive evaluation ensures that the candidate is fully qualified and legally compliant for the intended job role.

If you already have a skilled migrant, creating a SMER profile is necessary to meet the WA DAMA eligibility requirements. 

To support your Endorsement application you will be required to prepare and submit all the required evidence. 

The documents required are outlined in the Eligibility requirements Section 

  • All documents uploaded must be provided in English and be a high-quality colour copy of the original. Documents in a language other than English must be translated by an accredited translator.
  • Other documents may be requested to support your application.
  • Providing documents outlined in the Eligibility requirements Section does not guarantee that your application will be approved.

Document Verification 

Verification checks will be undertaken for the documents provided by businesses during the application and assessment process. This includes contacting employers and other stakeholders directly to confirm information and documents provided are genuine.

Businesses which provide false or misleading information may have their application declined. The Department of Training and Workforce Development may also report false and misleading information to the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs.

Your business needs to apply via the Migration WA portal for Endorsement. 

There is currently no associated application fee with submitting an Endorsement application to access the WA DAMA.

Once Migration Services open for Endorsement Applications, updates will be provided on our website.

You may also choose to engage a registered Migration Agent(opens in a new tab) to assist you through the visa process. The Migration Agent will need to complete Form 956 Appointment of a registered migration agent, legal practitioner or exempt person(opens in a new tab).

  • The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for the assessment and granting of all Labour Agreements and visas.
  • The WA DAMA program may be amended at any time, including to align with directions provided by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • The DAR reserves the right to amend Occupation Lists, policy and endorsement criteria at any time.
  • The DAR reserves the right to exercise discretion in allocating places under the WA DAMA program. 
  • Such decisions will be guided by the following principles:
    • equity of access to allocated places;
    • mix of occupations; and
    • reasonable spread of employers.          
  • The DAR reserves the right to withdraw an Endorsement application and any offer of endorsement at any time. 

Businesses must be able to substantiate the claims made through the application process, and any on-going compliance requirements.  

If your business is eligible to access the WA DAMA, a letter of endorsement and copies of the supporting documents will be sent to Department of Home Affairs and your business.

You will be notified of your application outcome by email. If your application is approved, you will be able to progress to lodging a Labour agreement with the Department of Home Affairs.

If your application is declined, your outcome email will outline the reason why.

 

If your WA DAMA application is approved you will receive a letter of endorsement, detailing the WA DAMA Agreement name and number. 

You will then be able to lodge an individual Labour Agreement with the Department of Home Affairs.

You may also choose to engage a registered Migration Agent(opens in a new tab) to assist you through the visa process.

If a WA DAMA Endorsement application is declined, employers have the opportunity to request a review.

A review request must clearly outline the basis for the request. The review process can only consider the documentation and information supplied with the original endorsement application. No additional documentation, or changed circumstances, will be considered. 

To request a review, please email migration@dtwd.wa.gov.au

All review requests must be submitted to Migration Services within 28 calendar days of the date of the email advising the nominated business of the outcome of a WA DAMA Endorsement application

WA DAMA Occupation filter

To access the WA DAMA, the nominated occupation must be available for the intended visa subclass and WA location. 

Please note:

  • where the nominating occupation is available in one of the active Regional DAMA areas, and the occupation is also available on the WA DAMA, endorsement must be sought directly from the relevant Regional DAMA;
  • where the nominating occupation is not available on a relevant DAMA Occupation list and is available through the WA DAMA, an Endorsement application for the nominated position can be submitted to Migration Services; and 
  • where the nominated occupation is available under an existing Home Affairs approved Industry Labour Agreement, the nominated occupation can only be considered for endorsement if the nominated Skilled Overseas Worker(s) will be employed in an industry that is different to the industry stated in the relevant Industry Labour Agreement.