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PR Pathways and DAMA changes for South Australia

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

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 (SC482) or the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa (SC494).

Skills Assessing Authority

The South Australian Government has been approved to act as a skills 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.

Learn more about DAMA and other employer sponsored visa programs by visiting here.


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. View the full DAMA Occupation List below:

Metro Occupations:
  • Advancement Manager- 070499
  • Advancement Professional- 070499
  • Clinical Researcher- 070499
  • Data and Analytics Manager- 070499
  • Digital Artist- 070499
  • Digital Producer- 070499
  • Digital Production Manager- 070499
  • Digital Supervisor- 070499
  • Senior Digital Artist- 070499
  • Chief Executive or Managing Director- 111111
  • Corporate General Manager- 111211
  • Public Relations Manager- 131114
  • Corporate Services Manager- 132111
  • Policy and Planning Manager- 132411
  • Research and Development Manager- 132511
  • Importer or Exporter- 133311
  • Chief Information Officer- 135111
  • Laboratory Manager- 139913
  • Quality Assurance Manager- 139914
  • Specialist Managers nec- 139999
  • Dancer or Choreographer- 211112
  • Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers nec- 211199
  • Artistic Director- 212111
  • Film and Video Editor- 212314
  • Training and Development Professional- 223311
  • Mathematician- 224112
  • Statistician- 224113
  • Librarian- 224611
  • Other Spatial Scientist- 232214
  • Graphic Designer- 232411
  • Illustrator- 232412
  • Multimedia Designer- 232413
  • Web Designer- 232414
  • Naval Architect- 233916
  • Chemist- 234211
  • Environmental Research Scientist- 234313
  • Environmental Scientists nec- 234399
  • Geophysicist- 234412
  • Hydrogeologist- 234413
  • Life Scientist (General)- 234511
  • Biochemist- 234513
  • Biotechnologist- 234514
  • Botanist- 234515
  • Marine Biologist- 234516
  • Microbiologist- 234517
  • Zoologist- 234518
  • Life Scientists nec- 234599
  • Meteorologist- 234913
  • Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec-234999
  • Dance Teacher (Private Tuition)- 249212
  • Multimedia Specialist- 261211
  • Web Developer- 261212
  • Analyst Programmer- 261311
  • Developer Programmer- 261312
  • Medical Laboratory Technician- 311213
  • Chemistry Technician- 311411
  • Earth Science Technician- 311412
  • Life Science Technician- 311413
Regional Occupations:
  • Care Supervisor- ANZSCO 070499
  • Cold Store Manager- ANZSCO 070499
  • Cold Store Operator- ANZSCO 070499
  • Cook (ethnic cuisine)- ANZSCO 070499
  • Dairy Cattle Farm Operator- ANZSCO 070499
  • Electrical Motor Repairer or Winder- ANZSCO 070499
  • Irrigation Technician- ANZSCO 070499
  • Poultry Farm Supervisor- ANZSCO 070499
  • Poultry Stockperson- ANZSCO 070499
  • Production Horticultural Supervisor- ANZSCO 070499
  • Senior Dairy Cattle Farm Worker- ANZSCO 070499
  • Senior Piggery Stockperson- ANZSCO 070499
  • Skilled Horticultural Worker- ANZSCO 070499
  • Vineyard Manager- ANZSCO 070499
  • Vineyard Supervisor- ANZSCO 070499
  • Welding Engineer- ANZSCO 070499
  • Welding Inspector- ANZSCO 070499
  • Welding Specialist Supervisor- ANZSCO 070499
  • Welding Technologist- ANZSCO 070499
  • Aquaculture Farmer- ANZSCO 121111
  • Fruit or Nut Grower- ANZSCO 121213
  • Grape Grower- ANZSCO 121215
  • Mixed Crop Farmer- ANZSCO 121216
  • Vegetable Grower- ANZSCO 121221
  • Beef Cattle Farmer- ANZSCO 121312
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer- ANZSCO 121313
  • Mixed Livestock Farmer- ANZSCO 121317
  • Pig Farmer- ANZSCO 121318
  • Poultry Farmer- ANZSCO 121321
  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer- ANZSCO 121411
  • Sales and Marketing Manager- ANZSCO 131112
  • Construction Project Manager- ANZSCO 133111
  • Engineering Manager- ANZSCO 133211
  • Manufacturer- ANZSCO 133411
  • Production Manager (Forestry)- ANZSCO 133511
  • Production Manager (Manufacturing)- ANZSCO 133512
  • Production Manager (Mining)- ANZSCO 133513
  • Supply and Distribution Manager- ANZSCO 133611
  • Procurement Manager- ANZSCO 133612
  • Child Care Centre Manager- ANZSCO 134111
  • Facilities Manager- ANZSCO 149913
  • Civil Engineer- ANZSCO 233211
  • Structural Engineer- ANZSCO 233214
  • Transport Engineer- ANZSCO 233215
  • Electrical Engineer- ANZSCO 233311
  • Electronics Engineer- ANZSCO 233411
  • Industrial Engineer- ANZSCO 233511
  • Mechanical Engineer- ANZSCO 233512
  • Production or Plant Engineer- ANZSCO 233513
  • Engineering Technologist- ANZSCO 233914
  • Agricultural Consultant- ANZSCO 234111
  • Agricultural Scientist- ANZSCO 234112
  • Food Technologist- ANZSCO 234212
  • Wine Maker- ANZSCO 234213
  • Exercise Physiologist- ANZSCO 234915
  • Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher- ANZSCO 241111
  • Special Needs Teacher- ANZSCO 241511
  • Teacher of the Hearing Impaired- ANZSCO 241512
  • Teacher of the Sight Impaired- ANZSCO 241513
  • Special Education Teachers nec- ANZSCO 241599
  • Dietitian- ANZSCO 251111
  • Sonographer- ANZSCO 251214
  • Optometrist- ANZSCO 251411
  • Orthoptist- ANZSCO 251412
  • Orthotist or Prosthetist- ANZSCO 251912
  • Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals nec- ANZSCO 251999
  • Chiropractor- ANZSCO 252111
  • Osteopath- ANZSCO 252112
  • Dental Specialist- ANZSCO 252311
  • Dentist- ANZSCO 252312
  • Occupational Therapist- ANZSCO 252411
  • Physiotherapist- ANZSCO 252511
  • Podiatrist- ANZSCO 252611
  • Audiologist- ANZSCO 252711
  • Speech Pathologist- ANZSCO 252712
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care)- ANZSCO 254412
  • Registered Nurses nec- ANZSCO 254499
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor- ANZSCO 272114
  • Counsellors nec- ANZSCO 272199
  • Clinical Psychologist- ANZSCO 272311
  • Educational Psychologist- ANZSCO 272312
  • Organisational Psychologist- ANZSCO 272313
  • Psychotherapist- ANZSCO 272314
  • Psychologists nec- ANZSCO 272399
  • Interpreter- ANZSCO 272412
  • Social Worker- ANZSCO 272511
  • Welfare Worker- ANZSCO 272613
  • Agricultural Technician- ANZSCO 311111
  • Meat Inspector- ANZSCO 311312
  • Primary Products Inspectors nec- ANZSCO 311399
  • Civil Engineering Draftsperson- ANZSCO 312211
  • Electrical Engineering Draftsperson- ANZSCO 312311
  • Electrical Engineering Technician- ANZSCO 312312
  • Electronic Engineering Draftsperson- ANZSCO 312411
  • Electronic Engineering Technician- ANZSCO 312412
  • Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson- ANZSCO 312511
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician- ANZSCO 312512
  • Sheetmetal Trades Worker- ANZSCO 322211
  • Metal Fabricator- ANZSCO 322311
  • Pressure Welder- ANZSCO 322312
  • Welder (First Class)- ANZSCO 322313
  • Fitter (General)- ANZSCO 323211
  • Fitter and Turner- ANZSCO 323212
  • Fitter-Welder- ANZSCO 323213
  • Metal Machinist (First Class)- ANZSCO 323214
  • Metal Fitters and Machinists nec- ANZSCO 323299
  • Vehicle Body Builder- ANZSCO 324211
  • Vehicle Trimmer- ANZSCO 324212
  • Vehicle Painter- ANZSCO 324311
  • Stonemason- ANZSCO 331112
  • Veterinary Nurse- ANZSCO 361311
  • Nurseryperson- ANZSCO 362411
  • Plastics Technician- ANZSCO 399916
  • Dental Hygienist- ANZSCO 411211
  • Dental Technician- ANZSCO 411213
  • Dental Therapist- ANZSCO 411214
  • Diversional Therapist- ANZSCO 411311
  • Enrolled Nurse- ANZSCO 411411
  • Community Worker- ANZSCO 411711
  • Disabilities Services Officer- ANZSCO 411712
  • Family Support Worker- ANZSCO 411713
  • Residential Care Officer- ANZSCO 411715
  • Youth Worker- ANZSCO 411716
  • Aged or disabled carer- ANZSCO 423111
  • Dental assistant- ANZSCO 423211
  • Nursing support worker- ANZSCO 423312
  • Personal care assistant- ANZSCO 423313
  • Therapy aide- ANZSCO 423314
  • Driller- ANZSCO 712211
  • Miner- ANZSCO 712212
  • Shot Firer- ANZSCO 712213
  • Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator- ANZSCO 721111
  • Backhoe Operator- ANZSCO 721212
  • Meat Boner and Slicer- ANZSCO 831211
  • Slaughterer- ANZSCO 831212
  • Fishing Hand- ANZSCO 899212
Agribusiness Occupations:
  • Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator- ANZSCO 721111
  • Agricultural Consultant- ANZSCO 234111
  • Agricultural Scientist- ANZSCO 234112
  • Agricultural Technician- ANZSCO 311111
  • Aquaculture Farmer- ANZSCO 121111
  • Beef Cattle Farmer- ANZSCO 121312
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer- ANZSCO 121313
  • Facilities Manager- ANZSCO 149913
  • Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers (nec) (Irrigationist)- ANZSCO 841999
  • Fishing Hand- ANZSCO 899212
  • Food Technologist- ANZSCO 234212
  • Forester- ANZSCO 234113
  • Forestry Worker- ANZSCO 841311
  • Fruit or Nut Grower- ANZSCO 121213
  • Grape Grower- ANZSCO 121215
  • Logging Assistant- ANZSCO 841312
  • Logging Plant Operator- ANZSCO 721112
  • Meat Boner and Slicer- ANZSCO 831211
  • Meat Inspector- ANZSCO 311312
  • Meat Process Worker- ANZSCO 831311
  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer- ANZSCO 121411
  • Mixed Crop Farmer- ANZSCO 121216
  • Mixed Livestock Farmer- ANZSCO 121317
  • Nurseryperson- ANZSCO 362411
  • Pig Farmer- ANZSCO 121318
  • Poultry Farmer- ANZSCO 121321
  • Primary Products Inspectors nec- ANZSCO 311399
  • Production Horticulturalist- ANZSCO 070499
  • Production Manager (Forestry)- ANZSCO 133511
  • Saw Doctor- ANZSCO 323315
  • Sawmilling Operator- ANZSCO 711313
  • Senior Production Horticulturalist- ANZSCO 070499
  • Slaughterer- ANZSCO 831212
  • Tree Faller- ANZSCO 841313
  • Truck Driver (General)- ANZSCO 733111
  • Vegetable Grower- ANZSCO 121221


The South Australian Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is a formal agreement between the Australian Government, represented by the Department of Home Affairs and the South Australian Government, Department for Innovation and Skills.

The South Australian Government has entered into two DAMAs:

  1. Adelaide Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement

    This agreement focuses on Adelaide’s high-tech growth industries including defence, space, technology and advanced manufacturing industries. The Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement is the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) covering metropolitan Adelaide.

  2. South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement

    This agreement focuses on the South Australia’s regional high growth industries including agribusiness, forestry, health and social services, tourism and hospitality, construction and mining. The South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement is the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) covering the entire state of South Australia.

The DAMAs enable South Australian employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local workers. Employers experiencing skills and labour shortages can apply for endorsement to enter into a DAMA labour agreement. This enables them to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers with more flexible requirements than are available via the standard skilled visa programs.

Skilled & Business Migration undertakes the role of Designated Area Representative (DAR), which is responsible for endorsing employers seeking to access overseas workers through the Designated Area Migration Agreements.

The Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is an overarching five-year deed of agreement between the Commonwealth and the Designated Area Representative (DAR) which is the Department for Innovation and Skills, Skilled & Business Migration.

The DAR has established a range of endorsement requirements in consultation with the Department of Home Affairs, these requirements are designed to meet the objectives of the DAMA and are policy conditions that respond to the objectives of the agreements.

The Migration Regulations, as well as any additional requirements outlined in a DAMA labour agreement, determine the requirements to be met at nomination and visa stage.


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