The Cairns Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) is the Designated Area Representative (“DAR”) for the Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement (FNQ DAMA).
The FNQ DAMA Designated Area includes Australian postcodes 4852, 4854-4856, 4858-4861,4865, 4868-4875, 4878-4883, 4885-4886 and 4895, within the Cairns, Douglas, Mareeba,Tablelands, Cook, or Cassowary Coast local government areas, or the Torres Shire Council local government area, or the Weipa Town Authority area.
Note that while most occupations are accessible throughout the Designated Area, a small number of occupations are excluded from postcodes 4868, 4869, 4870 and 4878 (Cairns metropolitan area).
The FNQ DAMA is a four-stage process:
Stage 1 – DAR endorsement
This is undertaken by the Cairns Chamber of Commerce as the DAR. You cannot proceed to Stage 2 unless you have DAR endorsement.A DAR endorsement letter is valid for one year, and for one or more occupations and positions. Any associated request to the Department of Home Affairs to access a Labour Agreement under the FNQ DAMA must be submitted within the validity of the DAR endorsement letter.
Stage 2 – Requesting a Labour Agreement with the Department of Home Affairs
A Labour Agreement under the FNQ DAMA is a legally binding agreement made between you and the Commonwealth aimed at allowing you to sponsor overseas workers under the following visa programs:
A Labour Agreement under the FNQ DAMA is for circumstances where:
If you are endorsed to access a Labour Agreement under the FNQ DAMA, you can then apply for the Labour Agreement online with the Department of Home Affairs.
A Labour Agreement, once signed, can be valid for up to five years, and generally specifies how many occupation/s and position/s you can nominate in each year of the agreement.
There is provision to vary and update/add to a Labour Agreement throughout its life. If this involves adding or changing occupation/ and/or/position/s and/or visa types then that will entail you seeking DAR endorsement for those additions or changes.
You will need to provide a valid DAR endorsement letter to the Department of Home Affairs when seeking additions or variations to an existing Labour Agreement.
Stage 3 – Nominating the visa applicant/s
Once you have a Labour Agreement in place with the government, you can then nominate specific individual Overseas Workers against the occupation/s and position/s stated in the Labour Agreement, up to the cap and within the year specified in that agreement.
Stage 4 – Nominee/s apply for their visa
This is the final stage when the nominated individuals apply for their visa, undergo police checks, medical checks, and other criteria specific to them.
For a full occupations list and available concessions, click here
Contact the registered migration agent at Visa Lounge Immigration if you require assistance with your DAMA application.