0003 (Daniel) xin CHEN

General information

Submitterʼs name
(Daniel) xin CHEN
Submitted on behalf of
Individual

About the submission

Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Professional Scientific and Technical
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
National

Responses

1. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to or removed from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

Added to MLTSSL

What occupations should be added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

Please also include occupations that you propose should be moved from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) to the MLTSSL.

271111 Barrister
271311 Solicitor

Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being added to the MLTSSL.

There are arguably sufficient numbers of law graduates to meet the “skills needs” of
legal professional occupations in Australia, although it would appear there is a
severe “recruitment difficulty” in RRR areas (in accordance with the skills needs
concepts outlined in Skills Australia’s SOL Proforma). There are ongoing programs
to entice Australian law graduates to RRR areas conducted by the Law Council’s
constituent bodies. A significant aspect of the Law Council’s strategy to address
skills strategies in RRR areas, in cooperation with the Federal Government, is to
encourage both Australian and foreign graduates and lawyers to take up long term
positions in these areas.

Legal professional occupations involve the following formal requirements:
(a) completion of a law degree over 4-5 years;
(b) admission to practice, which requires the completion of the Priestley 11 law
subjects and Practical Legal Training;
(c) the holding of a Practising Certificate issued by the Law Society of the
individual’s State/Territory, or other relevant regulatory authority, and a period
of supervised practice as prescribed the individual’s State/Territory Law
Society; and
(d) admission to practice as a Barrister, which further requires the completion of a
Bar Readers’ Course, followed by a period of supervised practice.

The removal of legal professional occupations from the SOL, together with the
changes to the General Skilled Migration program, has resulted in significant
distress for foreign students graduating from Australian law schools.

2. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to or removed from the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?

No

3. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to or removed from the Regional Occupation List (ROL)?

Added to ROL

What occupations should be added to the Regional Occupation List (ROL)?

271111 Barrister
271311 Solicitor

Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being added to the ROL.

The Law Council conducted a survey in 2009 of practitioners in RRR areas which
demonstrates that there are significant medium to long term trends that are
expected to impact the employment outlook for legal professional occupations in
these areas. This is due to the fact that many practices do not have enough lawyers
to service their client base, a large number of legal practitioners and sole
practitioners of these law firms intend to retire in the next five to ten years, and law
firms are unable to attract new lawyers and lawyers to replace departures (see
attached report).
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (not published)

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