0028 Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes Ltd

General information

Submitterʼs name
Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes Ltd
Submitted on behalf of
Professional body or industry association

About the submission

Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Professional, Scientific and Technical
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.
224113 Statistician
234511 Life Scientist (General)
234513 Biochemist
234514 Biotechnologist
234517 Microbiologist
234599 Life Scientists nec
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist


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?

We are pleased to see the ‘traffic light bulletin’ will highlight occupations that that support the national innovation and science agenda. While we must continue to provide training and employment opportunities for Australians in these occupations, there will be times when we need access to the global labour market to fill niche skill gaps, and to ensure we remain among the most competitive science nations in the world.

The difficulty with the datasets is that they overlook the science sector’s specific circumstances. These datasets identify employment gaps and the number of locally trained individuals that could potentially fill the role, but only at a meta level. This causes two issues.

Firstly, it overlooks the science sector’s needs to ensure its workforce is among the world’s best.

For employers in most other sectors there is not usually a need to engage candidates that would be recognised as being among the ‘world’s best’, but instead any suitably qualified candidate. Within science it is vital to engage the world’s best to achieve the outcomes for the government is expecting through the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Secondly, as the sector always engages local talent first it is a relatively infrequent user of the migration program (as outlined in our May submission – attached). This can mean that for these occupation codes only a small number of visas are issued. This can inadvertently appear as though the occupations are not of significant value and could be flagged for removal. This is not the case and the employment of a relatively small number of international scientists is essential to remaining internationally competitive, and to filling niche skill gaps that cannot be filled locally.
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