Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement
The Cairns Chamber of Commerce is continuing to receive and assess requests for endorsement under the Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement (FNQ DAMA) during Covid-19 restrictions. The same service standards apply. All requests for endorsement during this period should address the impact of Covid-19 on the sponsoring business and the ongoing/longre-term need to fill position/s in short supply. If in doubt, contact the Chamber at
For individual overseas workers, please note the FNQ DAMA is an employer-sponsored visa program and individual workers cannot apply for a visa independently. As such, we are only able to respond to enquiries from businesses and their agents.
The Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement (FNQ DAMA) allows Far North Queensland (FNQ) employers to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local workers. The FNQ DAMA is tailored to address current and emerging labour market shortages and local terms and conditions of employment. The FNQ DAMA utilises the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482). Businesses approved for a labour agreement with the Department of Home Affairs can nominate overseas workers under the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS subclass 482) visa program - many of the occupations also have access to apply for a permanent visa pathway after three years. Employers must first be endorsed by the Designated Area Representative (DAR) before submitting a DAMA Labour Agreement request with the Department of Home Affairs.
The key elements of FNQ DAMA are:
Businesses can access the FNQ DAMA if they are actively operating within the Cairns, Port Douglas, Atherton, Mareeba or Cassowary Coast local government areas and: