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2020 New SA DAMA Occupation Lists

2020 New SA DAMA Occupation Lists

2020 New Occupation Lists under SA DAMA

If you are someone who has your eyes set to live and work in the ‘Festival State’ of Australia, South Australia, this piece of news will be the highlight of your day. The state has put out a new occupation list SA DAMA. We’re talking about more opportunities for you who have skills and experiences in high tech sectors and agribusiness to work in Australia. 

Due to the growth of high tech sectors, agribusiness and food production sectors, there are some positions where the government is unable to fill with local workers. In October, following the first annual review for (Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMAs) the South Australian government added a couple of revisions to the occupational list. This addition has been added to attract more skilled migration with an overhaul of the DAMA Occupation List. One of the major changes is the new occupations list which will focus on sectors such as healthcare, manufacture, high tech, agribusiness and food production.   

Additional occupations concentrate on post-COVID recovery of the state. The goal of the SA DAMA Occupation Changes is to stimulate the Australian economy as the government can’t rely on domestic resources due to the global pandemic.

DAMA Occupation List

What is DAMA?

The South Australian Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is a formal agreement between the Department of Home Affairs and the South Australian Government. This agreement allows employers in South Australia to sponsor those of you, skilled overseas workers to work in South Australia for roles that local workers are incapable of filling.  Since last year the South Australian Government has entered into two DAMAs:

1. Adelaide Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement

This agreement concentrates on Adelaide’s High Tech development Industries involving defense, space, technology and advanced manufacturing industries. If you have a background in high tech sectors and want to live in South Australia, this will be the perfect opportunity for you!

2. South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement

This agreement pays attention to South Australia’s regional high growth industries including agribusiness, forestry, health and social services, tourism and hospitality, construction and mining. 

See the full DAMA Occupation list here.

SA DAMA Occupation Changes

What Are the Occupation Changes On DAMA?

1. DAMA Occupation List

As we informed you the good news, there is a range of new occupations under these two DAMAs with a concentration on the sectors such as health care, manufacturing, high-tech, agribusiness and food productions. In total there are 92 occupations added to the new occupation lists SA DAMA.  The additions are: 

  • 26  Occupations in the Adelaide Metro Occupation
  • 66 Occupations in South Australian Regional Workforce DAMA list

Before the changes, there are 114 occupations under the SA DAMA. However, due to the amendment, some occupations have been removed from DAMA occupation lists, such as Cook, Chef, Bar Attendant & Restaurant Manager & Diesel Motor Mechanic. This shows the scale of COVID-19 has heavily hit many previous market demanding sectors.

Please refer to the end of the article for newly added occupations.

If you wish to check your occupation please contact us via email [email protected] or via phone on 1300 827 159.

2. Concessions And PR Pathways

Before this revision, South Australia DAMA only offered English language and age concession to temporary visa holders. Now the  SA DAMA has secured both English and age concessions, which will now carry over to the permanent visa. Therefore, any of you SA DAMA candidates are eligible to apply for PR with the following concessions:

  • English concession: IELTS score 5.0 overall (or equivalent), with minimum 4.5 (or equivalent) for each band, where specified in the DAMA occupation list.
  • Age concession: Under Age 50 for regional occupations and Under Age 55 for Metro occupation.

3. Skills Assessing Authority

From now on, the South Australian Government has been approved to act as skills assessing authority for any occupations that require a skills assessment. The Government of South Australia will be taking the skills assessment for specific occupations listed as “skills verification required from South Australia”. If this applies to your occupation, you can submit an online enquiry requesting further information on the skills assessment process here.

What Do These Occupation Changes On DAMA Mean?

This new addition to the occupation list under SA DAMA has provided some flexibility to DAMA candidates. It also opens up another pathway and opportunity for you who wants to obtain Permanent Residence. All occupations in the new occupation list SA DAMA will be able to apply for a PR pathway via Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa (Subclass 494) or Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482).  With this good news, pack your bag and get ready to work in South Australia!

When Will These Occupation List Changes Take Effect?

These changes will come into effect from 2021 which enable more of you to live and work in South Australia.

New DAMA Occupations List

New Adelaide Metro Occupations New Regional DAMA Occupations
Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers nec (211199) Cold Store Manager (070499)
Advancement Manager (070499) Cold Store Operator (070499)
Advancement Professional (070499) Dairy Cattle Farmer (121313)
Analyst Programmer (261311)  Irrigation Technician (070499)
Artistic Director (212111) Poultry Farm Supervisor (070499) 
Arts Administrator or Manager (139911)