0011 New South Wales Motor Traders' Association

General information

Submitterʼs name
New South Wales Motor Traders' Association
Submitted on behalf of
Professional body or industry association

About the submission

Is your organisation an Approved Sponsor for any of the following programs?
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa program
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) visa program
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visa program
  • Labour agreements
Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Other Services
Please identify which occupations your submission relates to:
Specific occupations (eg Chief Executive or Managing Director)
Please choose all occupations to which your submission relates.
324311 Vehicle Painter


1. Are there additional labour market factors, for which there are national datasets available (ideally aligned to 6-digit ANZSCO occupation level), that are relevant to future refinements to the Departmentʼs analysis and methodology?

What is the frequency of data release?


2. The Department is also seeking submissions on suitable datasets that are disaggregated by region. Please provide details if you are aware of such a dataset, including whether it is aligned to ANZSCO occupations and how often the dataset is updated.


3. Is there any other advice or evidence that the Department should consider in its review of the methodology?

Through our membership we have received feedback that there is a lack of both Panelbeaters and Spraypainters in the market. We know there has been a dramatic decline in the number of apprentices for these occupations with most employers giving up advertising locally, see attached data from NCVER. We are also aware there has been a loss of over 200 businesses in NSW in the smash repair industry over the last four years. The DIBP for reasons unknown decided to remove Vehicle Painter from the Skilled Migration list, it is the only automotive occupation to be removed. A business will obviously not be viable unless Vehicle Painters can be found to carry out the work. Given the Australian car manufacturing has now ceased we believe there is a benefit from having skilled automotive workers from Europe, Asia and North America here so our workers can learn the most efficient way to repair the vehicles which were obviously built outside of Australia. I am sure Mercedes, BMW, Lexus Authorised Repairers in Australia would be eager to have a highly skilled expert available to train and upskill his staff whether in panelbeating or spraypainting. The public are currently not being protected from increased car insurance costs due to the lack of skilled workers and the quality of repairs has also declined significantly as new technology and repair procedures have been introiduced.
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (see attachments)

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