The Far North Queensland DAMA is a skilled migration program that is tailored to the needs of our Far North Queensland region (FNQ).
For more information about the various visa classes, please refer to the relevant sections (links)
To access a FNQ DAMA Labour Agreement, employers must first be endorsed by the Cairns Chamber of Commerce as the Designated Area Representative (DAR). Employers may be able to access the FNQ DAMA if they:
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 is a four-stage process:
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.
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.
Requesting a Labour Agreement includes meeting mandatory legislative requirements as at the date you submit that request online. This includes evidence that you have genuinely tried to recruit from within the Australian labour market, through prescribed Labour Market Testing (LMT).
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.
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.
Nominations are lodged with the Department of Home Affairs.
Note that the prescribed Labour Market Testing (LMT) undertaken for the Labour Agreement Stage also needs to be current when you lodge an associated nomination application.
This is the final stage when the nominated individuals apply for their visa, undergo police checks, medical checks, and other criteria specific to them.
Employers seeking overseas workers under a DAMA must provide evidence of LMT:
From 1 September 2021, this evidence must demonstrate at least 2 genuine attempts (advertising) to recruit qualified and experienced Australians. The same LMT evidence can be used at each of the above stages, however the advertising must have occurred within the last 12 months before lodging the nomination application.
Acceptable evidence will include one advertisement with national reach, for example: Seek, Jobactive or an Australian industry website. The other advertisement may be local, for example: a business’ website or local media online, print or radio. For businesses in Category 3 (regional) regions, Jobactive advertising is still encouraged as an option but is not a prescribed requirement.
For a detailed overview of requirements and costs, please contact us.
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