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The following information provides employers with an understanding of the concessions available under the Pilbara DAMA as well as skills, qualifications, experience and employment background requirements as part of the nomination/ visa application process.                                                                                         

Concessions vary by occupation and can include:

  • English Language

  • Age

  • Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT)

  • Permanent Residence Pathway

English Language

Eligible occupations are able to request the following concessions to the English requirements.

 

TSS and SESR:

  • Average score of IELTS 5.0 with no minimum component (unless registration or licensing requires a higher level of English).

 

ENS:

  • Average score of IELTS 5.0 with no component being less than IELTS 4.0 or equivalent (unless registration or licensing requires a high level of English.

 

IELTS means the International English Language Testing System or the equivalent in another accepted English language test. 

Other accepted English language tests are: 

  • Occupational English Test (OET); 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT); 

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic test; or 

  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test.

 

Employers seeking an English concession for an occupation need to provide reasoning as part of their endorsement application. This should explain why a lower level of English language is acceptable for the requested occupation. Consideration should be given to how any workplace safety risks will be managed for workers with lower levels of English.

Age Concessions

Age concession for the ENS and SESR visa programs of:

  • 55 years for Overseas Workers in skill level 1-4 occupations; and

  • 50 years for Overseas Workers in skill level 5 occupations.

Permanent Residence Pathway

For Overseas Workers on a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa, a permanent residence pathway may be available through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 visa.

For Overseas Workers on a Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) subclass 494 visa, a permanent residence pathway may be available through the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) subclass 191 visa

Further information about the requirements in relation to a permanent residence pathway is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

 

Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold

Eligible occupations are able to request a concession to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT).  When this concession applies, the employer must provide the Overseas Worker with an amount of Annual Earnings which is equal to or greater than the Annual Market Salary Rate (see Migration Regulations) and Reduced TSMIT. 

 

‘Reduced TSMIT’ mean 90% of TSMIT. 

If an occupation is not eligible for a TSMIT concession, the nominating employer must meet the requirements relating to TSMIT, Annual Market Salary Rate and Annual Earnings which would apply if the Overseas Worker were nominated for the that visa (TSS, SESR or ENS visa).

 

TSMIT concession types

Employers may seek endorsement from the Designated Area Representative (DAR) for one of the following concession types to apply to a concessional occupation. 

Type 1
Type 2
Total Annual Earnings
At least TSMIT
At least Reduced TSMIT
Non-monetary Earnings (Food and board)
No more than 10% of the TSMIT
-
Monetary Earnings
At least Reduced TSMIT
At least Reduced TSMIT
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