Pilbara Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)

The Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is a formal agreement between the Australian Government and a Designated Area Representative (DAR), in this case, Regional Development Australia (RDA) Pilbara.
The Pilbara DAMA lets employers in the City of Karratha and Town of Port Hedland sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local workers.  It is tailored to address current and emerging labour market shortages and local terms and conditions of employment.
The Pilbara DAMA head agreement specifies a range of eligible occupations, as well as agreed terms and concessions to the skilled visa eligibility criteria.  Businesses within the City of Karratha and the Town of Port Hedland may seek individual DAMA labour agreements under the head agreement terms and concessions.

How does the Pilbara DAMA work?
The Pilbara DAMA is an employer-sponsored program that operates under the labour agreement streams allowing endorsed businesses to nominate and sponsor overseas skilled workers under a number of visa programs.
 
To access the Pilbara DAMA, employers must first seek and gain endorsement from the Designated Area Representative (DAR) being Regional Development Australia (RDA) Pilbara before lodging a labour agreement request with the Department of Home Affairs. 

Where a DAMA labour agreement is approved, the business will be able to nominate and sponsor skilled and semi-skilled workers for one or more occupations listed in the Pilbara DAMA. 

There are currently 66 occupations available under the Pilbara DAMA.  Please go to www.rdapilbara.org.au/dama to review the occupations.
  

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* 1. Have you heard of the Pilbara DAMA?

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* 2. Have you considered accessing the Pilbara DAMA?

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* 3. If you answered YES, are there any occupations that you have been actively trying to fill that aren't on the occupation list? 

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* 4. If you answered NO, what are the reasons why you didn't access the DAMA?

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* 5. If you answered Other on the previous question, are you able to provide more information?

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* 6. What are the specific challenges in attracting and retaining workers in your business?

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* 7. Your Name:

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* 8. Contact Email Address:

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* 9. Contact Phone Number:

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* 10. Are you happy to be contacted by RDA Pilbara regarding any occupations that you have actively been trying to fill and you would like included in the DAMA Occupation list?

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