What will the overseas worker need to demonstrate to meet the skill requirements?

A prospective overseas worker will need to demonstrate that they have the skills and experience that meet Australian standards in the occupation for which they have been nominated under the Northern Territory DAMA arrangements.

For the following occupations, all of which are not on Department of Immigration and Border Protection's (DIBP) Consolidated Skilled Occupation List, the visa applicant must have the qualifications and work experience outlined in the table below.

Qualifications are to be assessed by a registered training organisation (RTO) or by the Northern Territory Department of Trade, Business and Innovation (DTBI), as being at least equivalent to the relevant AQF qualification listed in the table below. An assessment undertaken by DTBI must be certified as being in accordance with the arrangements agreed with DIBP.

Work experience must be verified by DTBI as being genuine and relevant to the nominated occupation.

The Northern Territory employer will need to provide a statutory declaration stating that they, or an authorised member of their staff, have interviewed the prospective visa applicant and confirmed that their work experience and qualifications meet the requirements and they are satisfied that the overseas worker has the skills to undertake the position for which they are being nominated under the Northern Territory DAMA arrangements.

Where necessary, approved sponsors must also state that the prospective visa applicant will meet any relevant licensing or registration requirements before commencing employment.

Please note: Overseas workers granted their Subclass 457 visa offshore must commence work within 90 days of arriving in Australia.

As with all applicants for Australian visas, overseas workers nominated under the Northern Territory DAMA arrangements will also be required to meet the relevant health and other public interest criteria to be granted their visa.

Occupation Qualification and / or experience required Registration or licencing
Child Care Worker At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Diploma or higher level qualification with at least one years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience. Registration or licencing is required
Aged or Disabled Carer At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Diploma or higher level qualification with at least one years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience. N/A
​Family Day Care Worker or Personal Care Assistant or Therapy Aide ​At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with at least two years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one year (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
​N/A
Dental Assistant At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with at least two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
N/A
Bar Attendant (Supervisor) ​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
Applicant's experience must be in line with the attached Bar Attendant (Supervisor) job description.
N/A​
Waiter (Supervisor)​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
Applicant's experience must be in line with the attached Food and Beverage (Supervisor) job description.​
N/A​
Retail Supervisor​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​
N/A​
Hotel Service Manager or Office Manager or Retail Manager (General) or Hospitality, Retail and Services Managers nec  At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Diploma or higher level qualification with at least one years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years, full time (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​
N/A​
Barista​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years, full time (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
Applicant's experience must be in line with the occupation.
N/A​
Gaming Worker​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years, full time (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
Applicants experience must be in line with the occupation.​
N/A​
Beauty Therapist​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​
N/A​
Tour Guide​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​
N/A​
Crowd Controller or Security Consultant At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate IV with at least one years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience;
or
At least four years, full time (no less than 38 hrs per week) relevant experience.
Applicants’ experience must be in line with the occupation. 
Must meet all mandatory licensing requirements.
Registration or  licencing is required
Accounts Clerk​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​
N/A​
Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreter​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​
N/A​
Boiler or Engine Operator or Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) or Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​​
Registration or licensing may be required​
Bus Driver​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​​​
Registration or licensing required​​
Delivery Driver​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​​​​
Registration or licensing required​​​
Truck Driver (General) ​At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.
​Applicants must have a Heavy Rigid or higher level licence.^
Storeperson​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​​​​​
Registration or licensing may be required​​​​
Deck Hand ​At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​​​​​​
​N/A
Scaffolder​ At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​​​​​​
Registration or licensing may be required​​​​​
Tyre Fitter At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate II with at least three years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Certificate III with two years (20 hours plus per week) relevant post qualification experience
or
At least four years (no less than 38 hours per week) relevant experience.​​​​​​​​​​​
N/A​
Nursing Support Worker / Nursing Assistant At least a relevant AQF or equivalent Diploma or higher level qualification with at least one years (20 hrs+ per week) relevant post qualification experience. N/A

*Cook (Specialist Ethnic Cuisine)​

Please note: This occupation is on the DIBP's Consolidated Skilled Occupation List and therefore a formal skills assessment is required for citizens of some countries.

This occupation is limited to high quality dining establishments specialising in authentic ethnic cuisine only.

DIBP requires DTBI to attest that the employer of a cook (Specialist Ethnic Cuisine), operates a high quality dining establishment that:

  • specialises in authentic ethnic cuisine

  • provides an a la carte menu

  • has a quality website, featuring photos of the establishment and / or food, and

  • serves visually appealing food at above average prices.

For the occupation of Cook (Specialist Ethnic Cuisine), an English language concession requires the visa applicant to achieve an overall IELTS band score of 5.0 however, no minimum individual test component score for reading, writing, speaking and listening or equivalent in another eligible English testing system.

Employers nominating this occupation will be required to provide to their overseas worker paid accredited English language training during work time until they achieve an average score of IELTS 5.0 with no individual test component being less than 4.0 or equivalent in another eligible English testing system.

^Truck Drivers (General)

Please note: To qualify for this occupation, applicants must demonstrate to the Northern Territory Motor Vehicle Registry they meet the Northern Territory Heavy Rigid licensing requirements. The requirements, set by the Northern Territory Motor Vehicle Registry, are:

  • be a Northern Territory (NT) resident
  • have held a C class licence (a standard car licence) for at least two years or a Light Rigid (LR) or Medium Rigid (MR) licence for at least one year
  • learn to drive a Heavy Rigid vehicle from a driver who holds a current class HR or higher licence
  • for applicants who do not hold a MR licence:
    • pass a heavy vehicle theory test; and
    • pass a heavy vehicle eye test
  • pass a driving assessment or approved training course.

Special occupations

Work experience for Bar Attendant (Supervisor), Waiter (Supervisor) and Cook (Specialist Ethnic Cuisine) will be considered against the industry standard job descriptions below.

Job descriptions

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