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Townsville DAMA agreement and skilled work visa to Australia

Townsville will benefit from access to more skilled workers and skilled work visas following the signing of the Townsville Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA).

Local businesses can apply individually to access the DAMA from 1 July 2022 so they can start the nominations for australian skilled work sponsorship visas.

This DAMA agreement for the Townsville region will allow local businessess to sponsor workers for skilled work visas. 

This covers 195 occupations across a broad range of sectors including:

  • manufacturing,
  • health care and social assistance,
  • transport, and
  • professional, scientific and technical services.

The Designated Area Representative for the DAMA is Townsville Enterprise who will administer the process of accessing the Townsville DAMA which will open to businesses operating in any of the 9 Local Government Areas covered by the agreement:

  • City of Townsville,
  • Hinchinbrook Shire,
  • Charters Towers Regional Council,
  • Burdekin Shire,
  • City of Mount Isa,
  • Shire of Cloncurry,
  • Shire of McKinlay,
  • Shire of Richmond and
  • Shire of Flinders.

The DAMA process is extremely complex and can take some time to complete. It requires the employer to lodge multiple applications, including a labour agreement, prior to the lodgement of the skilled sponsored work visa application for the overseas worker.

The whole process can take anywhere from 4 to 6 months to complete.

It will be a popular program as the region requires a high number of skilled workers to fill in the skills shortage in the local labour market. It is expected that the program will bring economic benefit to the region and to the Australian economy overall.

The registered migration agents at Visa Lounge are skilled work visa and business sponsorship experts, we offer end-to-end management of your application for DAMA agreement and sponsorship 482 and 494 skilled work visa. You can contact us by phone or the contact form on our website, we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.