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DAMA Program Changes

Skilled & Business Migration would like to advise that following the first annual review, the Australian Government has agreed to significant changes to South Australia’s two Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).

DAMA Occupation List

South Australia has secured a range of new occupations under the DAMAs with a focus on health care, manufacturing, high-tech sectors, agribusiness, and food production.

Concessions and PR Pathways

South Australia has secured additional English language and age concessions, which will now carry over to the permanent visa. The changes to work experience requirements for a number of occupations will make it easier for qualified international graduates to be eligible to apply.


All DAMA occupations listed will now offer a permanent residency pathway either through the Temporary Skill Shortage visa or the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa.


Skills Assessing Authority

The South Australian Government has been approved to act as a skill assessing authority for occupations that require a skills assessment that currently has no alternative skills assessment authority. This will allow previously ineligible occupations to now be available for skilled migration, ensuring workers filling those positions are appropriately skilled.

Skilled & Business Migration remains committed to working with South Australian employers to ensure they are able to fill skills shortages in their businesses.

Website link: https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/news-events/dama-program-changes