Australian government lists 117 occupations in NT that needs foreign workers

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DAMA NTThe Australian government has released a list of 117 occupations as part of a new scheme that enables Australian employers to recruit from overseas as well as offers successful immigrants the opportunity to gain permanent residency.

The main condition? You have to be willing to live in the Northern Territory for at least three years.

The Northern Territory is perhaps not Melbourne or Sydney, but it is home to Australia’s famed Outback and residents are said to enjoy a laid-back lifestyle.

Interested? Then continue reading to find out more…

The scheme in summary

This brand-new scheme is called the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement – or DAMA, for short.

The DAMA allows NT (Northern Territory) employers to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local workers.

What visa do you qualify for?

Overseas workers who are successful in their visa applications will receive a Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) under the Labour Agreement stream.

Can applicants apply independently?

No, it is not allowed. The NT DAMA is an employer-sponsored visa program, which means you cannot apply for a visa independently. An eligible business operating in the NT must sponsor you, i.e. undertake to employ you.

What are the qualifying criteria?

You must be under the age of 45, meet the English language requirement, and have the skills and qualifications required by the employers for the advertised position. You must also be able to meet any and all other requirements of the subclass 482 visa.

Is permanent residency guaranteed?

No, it is not. You must still meet the eligibility requirements for permanent residency under the NT DAMA.

Is there an age limit?

The subclass 482 does not have an age limit, but you should be aware of the fact that you must be under the age of 50 when applying for permanent residency.

What types of jobs are on the list?

The list of 117 occupations ranges from skilled professions, such as engineers and mechanics, to more common occupations, such as caregiving and hairdressing.

You can view the full list occupations here or continue scrolling to the bottom of this article to view the list.

Can Intergate Emigration help?

As this is an employer-sponsored visa, Intergate can assist you once you have secured a job offer from an eligible employer. You are more than welcome to either call us on 011 234 4275 or to email us for assistance at that stage.

The full list of occupations

This is the bit you’ve been waiting for – the 117 jobs on the DAMA list. Here they are:

Accountant (General)

Accounts Clerk

Aged or Disabled Carer

Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator

Aeroplane Pilot

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)

Aquaculture Farmer


Automotive Electrician


Bar Attendant (Supervisor)


Beauty Therapist

Beef Cattle Farmer


Bus Driver

Butcher or Smallgoods Maker


Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)

Café or Restaurant Manager



Chief Executive or Managing Director

Childcare Worker

Childcare Centre Manager

Civil Engineering Technician

Community Worker

Conference and Event Organiser


Cook (Specialist Ethnic Cuisine)

Customer Service Manager

Crowd Controller


Dental Assistant

Diesel Motor Mechanic

Disabilities Services Officer


Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher

Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)

Earth Science Technician

Electrical Linesworker

Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)

Excavator Operator

Facilities Manager

Family Day Care Worker

Family Support Worker

Fitter (General)

Fitter and Turner


Floor Finisher

Flying Instructor

Forklift Driver

Fruit or Nut Grower

Gaming Worker

Hair or Beauty Salon Manager


Hardware Technician

Hotel or Motel Manager

Hotel or Motel Receptionist

Hotel Service Manager

ICT Customer Support Officer

ICT Support Technicians nec


Landscape Gardener

Licensed Club Manager


Management Accountant

Marketing Specialist

Metal Fabricator

Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer

Mixed Crop Farmer

Mixed Livestock Farmer

Motor Mechanic (General)

Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General)

Motor Vehicle or Caravan Salesperson

Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreter

Motorcycle Mechanic

Nursing Support Worker

Office Manager

Out of School Hours Care Worker


Personal Care Assistant

Pharmacy Technician

Plumber (General)

Pressure Welder

Program or Project Administrator

Property Manager

Recreation Officer

Residential Care Worker

Retail Manager (General)

Retail Supervisor

Sales and Marketing Manager

Sheetmetal Trades Worker

Ship’s Engineer 1

Ship’s Master

Small Engine Mechanic

Sound Technician

Supply and Distribution Manager

Taxation Accountant

Telecommunications Cable Jointer

Telecommunications Linesworker

Telecommunications Technician

Therapy Aide

Tour Guide

Truck Driver (General)

Vegetable Grower

Vehicle Painter

Veterinary Nurse

Waiter Supervisor

Waste Water or Water Plant Operator

Web Administrator

Web Designer

Welder (First Class)

Welfare Worker

Youth Worker

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