Eligibility for 491 Visa Sponsorship & DAMA Occupation List Updates

Eligibility for 491 Visa

The Victoria area on the Great South Coast has revamped its DAMA list to meet the needs of skilled agricultural workers.

See the following details to find out if your job is eligible for 491 visa sponsorship.


What is Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)?

The Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is an agreement between the Government of Australia and the designated area.

It provides flexibility for state, territories or regions to respond to their different economic and labour conditions through an agreement-based framework.

The Great South Coast (GSC) region in Victoria has discussed DAMA which includes activities and conditions that will help our region address the most severe staff shortages.

Under the DAMA framework, employers at the GSC who are experiencing skills shortages in those industries can apply for a permit to enter a DAMA employee agreement.

This enables them to support skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers with flexible needs than those available through standard visa-skilled programs.


Explore your permanent residency options through the Great South Coast Area DAMAEligibility for 491 Visa - Passport & Visa

The table shows the activities that are appropriate for sponsorship including

  • under the GSC DAMA,
  • appropriate skill level,
  • skills concessions,
  • TSMIT (Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold) concessions,
  • English language concessions
  • Eligibility for pathway to permanent residency



Occupation ANZSCO or 6 digit code ANZSCO Skill Level Skills and Experience concession TSMIT concession English language concession Permanent Pathway
Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator 721111 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Agricultural Technician 311111 2 No No No Yes
Automotive Electrician 321111 3 No Yes Yes Yes
Beef Cattle Farmer 121312 1 No No No Yes
Café or Restaurant Manager 141111 2 No No No Yes
Chef 351311 2 No Yes Yes Yes
Cook 351411 3 No Yes Yes Yes
Dairy Cattle Farm Operator 70499 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Diesel Motor Mechanic 321212 3 No Yes Yes Yes
Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) 721211 4 Yes No No Yes
Fitter (General) (Computer Numerical Control Setter) 323211 3 No No No Yes
Fitter and Turner 323212 3 No Yes Yes Yes
Hotel or Motel Manager 141311 2 No No No Yes
Industrial Spray painter 711211 4 Yes No No Yes
Meat Boner and Slicer 831211 4  Yes Yes Yes Yes
Meat Process Worker 831311 5 Yes Yes Yes No
Metal Fabricator 322311 3 No Yes Yes Yes
Metallurgical or Materials Technician (Non-destructive Testing Technician) 312912 2 No No No Yes
Mixed Crop Farmer 121216 1 No No No Yes
Mixed Livestock Farmer 121317 1 No No No Yes
Mobile Plant Operators (nec) 721999 4 Yes No No Yes
Motor Mechanic (General) 321211 3 No Yes Yes Yes
Panel beater 324111 3 No No No Yes
Product Grader (Meat Grader) 839312 4 Yes No No Yes
Senior Dairy Cattle Farm Worker 70499 3 Yes No No Yes
Slaughterer 831212 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Truck Driver (General) 733111 4 Yes Yes No Yes



The tasks and skills requirements for all these jobs are described in ANZSCO.

If you are an applicant who would like to apply for a Victorian 491 visa through GSC DAMA, Migration Guru can assist you.

The Victoria’s Great South Coast area to meet the need for skilled agricultural workers has updated its DAMA list.

How can Migration Guru help you?

We will help you explore visa options and secure the application. Migration Guru has experience in immigration and visa application in Australia, and our immigration agents and attorneys have extensive knowledge of legal requirements, eligibility criteria, and supporting documentation required.

Simply dial 07 3036 3800 or email: info@migrationguru.com.au and let us help you start with your way towards obtaining an Australian visa.

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