Skills & Migration

On Friday 1 April, The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs announced Townsville Enterprise as the Designated Area Representative for a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) for the Townsville North Queensland region to assist in addressing the severe skills shortages that have been stifling economic growth and business activity in the region.

A DAMA is a formal agreement between the Australian Government and a regional economic body such as Townsville Enterprise. It provides business owners who have exhausted local recruitment options access to overseas workers, providing a flexibility and responsiveness not available through the standard skilled migration programs.

DAMAs are tailored to a region’s unique economic and labour market conditions, and as with all skilled migration schemes they are only accessible if employers can demonstrate skills shortages and have given priority to Australian jobseekers first.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need a DAMA for Townsville North Queensland?

Currently, Townsville has 3000 unfilled positions alone advertised on Seek. Other regional areas such as Cairns, have been successful in filling skills shortages through the DAMA application process. Based on the consultation with our members, it was made clear that one of the biggest challenges they face is workforce availability.

When can businesses apply for a DAMA through Townsville Enterprise?

Local businesses can apply individually to access the Townsville DAMA from 1 July 2022.

What occupations are currently listed in the DAMA?

The Townsville DAMA covers 195 occupations across a broad range of sectors including areas of focus for future growth such as manufacturing, health care and social assistance, transport, postal and warehousing, professional, scientific and technical services. You can see the list below.

Who can sponsor prospective workers under the Queensland DAMA?

Townsville Enterprise will administer the process of accessing the Townsville DAMA which will open to businesses operating in any of the 9 Local Government Areas covered by the agreement - City of Townsville, Hinchinbrook Shire, Charters Towers Regional Council, Burdekin Shire, City of Mount Isa, Shire of Cloncurry, Shire of McKinlay, Shire of Richmond and Shire of Flinders.

How does a DAMA satisfy putting Australians in jobs first?

DAMA’s ensure employers recruit Australian citizens and permanent residents as a first priority. Among other things, employers must demonstrate a genuine attempt to recruit Australians prior to getting access to a DAMA labour agreement

Does a business need to identify the prospective worker/s before accessing the TNQ DAMA?

No. A business can seek endorsement to access the DAMA and be approved for a Townsville DAMA Labour Agreement without having identified any prospective worker/s in advance. This is because the endorsement and Labour Agreement are about the business need to address skills shortages. Nominating individuals comes next once a Labour Agreement with pre-approved occupation/s and position/s are in place. This helps with planning and makes the business a more attractive proposition to prospective skilled or semi-skilled overseas workers where the business cannot fill those positions from the Australian labour market.

Why should businesses access the DAMA, as opposed to the working Visa?

The structure of the DAMA agreement means that when workers come here, they can look at bringing their immediate families, and they will have avenues to permanent residency provided they stay in our region. Their kids will go to schools, they’ll join community and sporting clubs, and participate in the social fabric of the regions. More families mean more funding for schools and hospitals. This means we are going to be growing our communities at the same time as we are growing our economies, and that is the best outcome for North Queensland.

What housing options are there for these new residents?

Businesses that apply for an employee will need to ensure housing is available.

Will they be paid Australian wages?

The terms of the Townsville DAMA require that all employees employed through the DAMA must be paid the applicable award wages. 

While our office prepares for accepting applications, you can register your interest below in the meantime.

Business Name

Contact Name

Contact Email

Contact Phone

Positions Required
Accountant (General)
Accommodation and Hospitality Managers
Aged or Disabled Carer
Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator
Agricultural Consultant
Agricultural Research Scientist
Agricultural and Agritech Technician
Animal Husbandry Technician
Aquaculture or Fisheries Scientist
Aquaculture or Fisheries Technician
Aquaculture Supervisor
Aquaculture Worker
Automotive Electrician
Bar Attendant
Beef Cattle Farmer
Boiler or Engine Operator
Broadacre Crop and Livestock Farmer
Broadacre Crop and Livestock Farm Worker
Building and Engineering Technicians
Bulk Materials Handling Plant Operator
Cafe or Restaurant Manager
Carpenter and Joiner
Chemical Engineer
Chemical Plant Operator
Chemical Plant Worker
Chemistry Technician
Chief Executive or Managing Director
Child Care Worker
Civil Engineer
Civil Engineering Draftsperson
Civil Engineering Technician
Clinical Psychologist
Company Secretary
Commercial Cleaner
Commercial Housekeeper
Construction Project Manager
Corporate General Manager
Corporate Treasurer
Dairy Cattle Farmer
Delivery Driver
Dental Assistant
Diesel Motor Mechanic
Driller's Assistant
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher
Earth Science Technician
Electrician (General)
Electrician (Special Class)
Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
Electrical Engineering Technician
Electronic Engineering Draftsperson
Electronic Engineering Technician
Electronics Engineer
Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)
Engineering Production Worker
Engineering Professionals
Engineering Technologist
Enrolled Nurse
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Engineer
Environmental Manager
Environmental Research Scientist
Environmental Scientists
External Auditor
Fitter (General)
Fitter and Turner
Fruit Picker
Fruit Farm Worker
Gas or Petroleum Operator
Gaming Worker
Geotechnical Engineer
Hardware Technician
Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals
Horticultural Supervisor or Specialist
Hospital Pharmacist
Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers
Hotel or Motel Manager
Hotel or Motel Receptionist
Hotel Service Manager
ICT Customer Support Officer
ICT Project Manager
ICT Managers
ICT Support Technicians
Internal Auditor
Laboratory Manager
Landscape Gardener
Livestock Farmers
Maintenance Planner
Management Accountant
Marine Surveyor
Materials Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
Mechanical Engineering Technician
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
Medical Radiation Therapist
Metal Casting Trades Worker
Metal Fabricator/Boiler Maker
Metal Fitters and Machinists
Metal Machinist (First Class)
Metal Polisher
Metallurgical or Materials Technician
Middle School Teacher/ Intermediate School Teacher
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
Mobile Plant Operators
Motor Mechanic (General)
Motorcycle Mechanic
Nursing Support Worker
Nut Farm Worker
Occupational Health and Safety Adviser
Occupational Therapist
Orthotist or Prosthetist
Painting Trades Worker
Personal Care Assistant
Pressure Welder
Primary School Teacher
Production or Plant Engineer
Project Builder
Property Manager
Quality Assurance Manager
Quantity Surveyor
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
Registered Nurse (Community Health)
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
Registered Nurse (Medical)
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
Registered Nurse (Surgical)
Registered Nurses
Resident Medical Officer
Retail Manager (General)
Retail Pharmacist
Roof Tiler
Safety Inspector
Sales and Marketing Manager
Secondary School Teacher
Senior Broadacre Crop and Livestock Farm Worker
Sheetmetal Trades Worker
Ship's Engineer
Ship's Master
Ship's Officer
Small Engine Mechanic
Special Needs Teacher
Speech Pathologist/ Speech Language Therapist
Structural Engineer
Sugar Mill Worker
Taxation Accountant
Telecommunications Cable Jointer
Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic
Transport Engineer
Truck Driver (General)
University Lecturer
Urban and Regional Planner
Vehicle Painter
Veterinary Nurse
Vocational Education Teacher
Wall and Floor Tiler
Waste Water or Water Plant Operator
Welder (First Class)

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