How Businesses are Assessed

The process for assessing employers for DAMA endorsement is not prescribed by the Commonwealth. Notwithstanding, the Commonwealth does require that a decision by the Designated Area Representative (DAR) to endorse an employer should demonstrate consideration of the risk(s) that the request might pose to the integrity of the program.

The Commonwealth has developed a declaration form that reduces the evidentiary requirements on the requesting employer at the DAR endorsement stage.  Under this revised process, there would be a reduced range of documents that a DAR would need to collect and assess for each endorsement.

Instead, the business seeking endorsement is now required to complete a declaration that they will meet the requirements for DAR endorsement, with detailed evidence to support their claims provided to the Department of Home Affairs at the Labour Agreement request stage and/or the Nomination stage. The declaration form is included in the Request for Endorsement application form

To enable the DAR to endorse a request, the DAR will need to be satisfied that:

  • The requested occupations and concessions sought are available;
  • The maximum ceiling numbers have not already been reached for that year;
  • The concessions are reasonable with regards to current labour market conditions in the region;
  • The request supports the objectives outlined in the DAMA; and
  • The employer has completed the declaration form.

If for any reason the DAR has concerns about an employer’s circumstances or the validity of any aspects of their request to utilise the DAMA, the DAR can seek clarification or information from the employer as it deems necessary.

Designated Area Representative

Contact for further information or clarification on aspects of the GSC DAMA program
Angie Doldan, Great South Coast DAMA Coordinator, Warrnambool City Council
Email: adoldan@warrnambool.vic.gov.au 
Phone: 5559 4800

Local Council

You are encouraged to contact your local Council for advice on a preliminary eligibility check.

Colac Otway Shire Council

James Myatt - Manager Economic Development & Tourism

Phone: 5232 9400

Corangamite Shire Council

Katy McMahon – Manager Economy & Prosperity

Katy.mcmahon@corangamite.vic.gov.au 

Phone 5593 7100 

Glenelg Shire Council

Bryce Spencer - Economic Development Coordinator
Phone: 03 5522 2138
Email: ecodev@glenelg.vic.gov.au

Moyne Shire Council

Bethany Lewis - Economic Development Officer

Phone   1300 656 564

Southern Grampians Shire Council

Daniel Shaw - Business Development Officer

dshaw@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au

Phone: 5573 0444

Warrnambool City Council

Angie Doldan - GSC DAMA Coordinator

Email: adoldan@warrnambool.vic.gov.au 

Phone: 5559 4800