Skilled Migration

Goldfields Designated Area Migration (DAMA)

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, with support from RDA Goldfields Esperance, has established a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) with the Department of Home Affairs.

The Goldfields DAMA is a five year labour agreement between the Federal Government, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Shires of Coolgardie, Leonora and Menzies. It aims to attract skilled migrants to work and live in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Coolgardie, Leonora and Menzies, allowing Goldfields employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers in specified industries that are currently experiencing critical skill and labour shortages.

In the first year, around 72 occupations are eligible for sponsorship under the Goldfields DAMA.  The Goldfields DAMA provides employers in the region with access to a broader range of skilled workers, utilising the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) and the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186).

For more information, refer to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder website.

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 494)

Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance has been gazetted by the Federal Department of Home Affairs as a Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for the Goldfields-Esperance regionOur role as a RCB is to assess the Annual Market Salary Rate for the  Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494) (SESR Visa) nominations, through our local knowledge. 

The SESR Visa enables Australian employers in areas specified by the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs in a Legislation Instrument to sponsor (nominate) skilled overseas workers.  This is to assist employers in regional and low population growth areas of Australia where they have been unable to fill vacant positions with Australian citizens or permanent residents living in or wishing to move to the regional area where the nominated position is located.

To learn more or to review the Skilled Occupation List, please visit Skilled occupation list (