Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement
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.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? The Chamber is holding regular FNQ DAMA Information Sessions at the Chamber offices at The Pier - for details and registration see our Events page!
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: