DAMA concessions and what they mean
The Migration Act (1958) and Migration Regulations (1994) outline the eligibility criteria for the approval of employer nomination applications and grant of employee visa applications.
Under the Orana DAMA, specific variations to the eligibility requirements have been negotiated between RDA Orana and the Australian Government. These arrangements allow some flexibility to recruit staff members who may not quite meet the standard visa criteria but are still able to safely perform the functions of the intended role.
Not all concessions are available for all roles, and for some roles there are no available concessions. The DAMA Occupations List summarises the ANZSCO occupations that have been included in the Orana DAMA and the concessions that are available for employers to request in their endorsement application.
The Orana DAMA as a path to permanent residence
For all occupations on the Orana DAMA Occupations list (with the exception of Wine Maker and Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Worker) a permanent residence pathway may be available through the ENS (subclass 186) visa, after having lived and worked in the Orana region for three years on a TSS visa granted under the Orana DAMA.
More information will be available about the eligibility criteria for permanent resident pathways in due course.