What is a DAMA?

A Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is an agreement between the Australian Government and a designated area.  It provides flexibility for states, territories or regions to respond to their unique economic and labour market conditions through an agreement-based framework.

The Great South Coast (GSC) region has negotiated a DAMA that includes occupations and conditions that will assist our region address our most acute labour shortages.  Under the DAMA framework, employers in the GSC experiencing skills and labour shortages in those industries can apply for endorsement to enter into a DAMA labour agreement.  This enables them to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers with more flexible requirements than are available via the standard skilled visa programs.

DAMAs ensure employers recruit Australian citizens and permanent residents as a first priority and facilitate the recruitment of overseas workers where there is a demonstrated need.

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