Indicative Timelines

Based on envisaged timelines for DAR processing, advice from the Department of Home Affairs (HA) on processing times and reasonable allowances for employers to complete required tasks.

Please note: Due to COVID-19 the Department of Home Affairs has advised whilst the GSC DAMA occupations are all still available priority processing will be given to critical sectors which can be found via the Department’s website: As a result of COVID-19 there may be a delay in the normal processing times for occupations not on the critical skills list. 

As far as DAMA's are concerned critical skills includes the supply of essential goods and services (such as in medical technology, critical infrastructure, telecommunications, engineering and mining, supply chain logistics, agricultural technology, food production, and the maritime industry). 



Indicative processing times

(business days)*

Eligibility Assessment

Local Council/DAR


Complete & submit Request for Endorsement form & Supporting Documents


As quickly as the employer can collate and submit

Receive and register Request


7-10 days

Referral to Local Council for comment

Local Council

Decision on Request for Endorsement


Complete request Labour Agreement (online)


5 days

Decision on Request for Labour Agreement


30 days

Consideration of Visa Application – Skills Assessment requirement Worker 10 days

Nominate Worker


5 days

Decision on Nomination for Worker


10 days

Apply for TSS Visa


5 days

Decision on Visa Application


30 days

Indicative processing time 2 - 4 months

Migrate to Australia


Within 90 days

* Assumes that mandatory labour market testing requirements have been met. If not, labour market testing will need to be completed before the Timelines apply.

Please note - some individual circumstances may cause applications to fall outside the Indicative Timelines. All noncitizens applying for visas to Australia are considered on their individual merits against the legal requirements set out in Australia’s migration legislation. These requirements include mandatory health, character, and national security checks that can take some time to complete. It is recommended that employers or nominated workers do not make any irrevocable decisions (book travel, relocate etc.) until the visa application has been granted.  

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
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

Samantha Fox and Brooke Barnewall - Acting Managers Growth and Engagement

Phone: 5593 7100

Glenelg Shire Council

Jane Young - Media & Communications Coordinator

Phone: 1300 GLENELG (1300 453 635)

Moyne Shire Council

Bethany Lewis - Economic Development Officer

Phone   1300 656 564

Southern Grampians Shire Council

Daniel Shaw - Business Development Officer

Phone: 5573 0444

Warrnambool City Council

Angie Doldan - GSC DAMA Coordinator


Phone: 5559 4800