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What is a DAMA?

A designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is an agreement between state and federal governments which aims to bring in additional overseas workers into certain areas. There are two tiers to the DAMA: the first being a Deed of Agreement within the Region which lasts 5 years and the second tier being Individual Employment agreements. This includes visas being granted, which include: subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS), subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional), and subclass 186 Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS).

DAMAS includes a wide range of skill sets as well as many different occupations


From 1 July 2024, a new Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) will become available In Western Australia. Under this new agreement, 10,000 workers will be able to come into Western Australia each year. This is to help the workforce shortages present in WA currently.

The WA DAMA will be focusing on jobs in industries where there is a demand, including the construction, tourism, agriculture, hospitality and healthcare industries. The aim is to evenly distribute workers between metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia.

This is the 5th DAMA for Western Australia and will work alongside the already existing DAMAS to help find workers that cannot be found locally.

The WA DAMA is effective now.

For more information and assistance to apply, please contact our office on: +61 3 94163463 or email:


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