0049 Australian Association of Progressive Repairers

General information

Submitterʼs name
Australian Association of Progressive Repairers
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
No
Are you an Australian assessing authority for migration purposes?
No
Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Other Services
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
National
New South Wales

Responses

 

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

Yes

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.

324311 Vehicle Painter

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

THE AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION OF PROGRESSIVE REPAIRERS (AAPR) is a not for profit Automotive Repairers Association. A key focus of the AAPR is on careers in the collision repair industry with AAPR members repairing an estimated 400,000 of the reported 1.2 million vehicle collision repairs in Australia. Our members employ thousands of qualified technicians and apprentices, however when needed, our members also employ skilled labour from overseas.

Reinstating ANZSCO 324311 - Vehicle Painter - AAPR and other key industry stakeholders are working closely to address our ageing workforce and our chronic skills short. The DoE has identified and reported in the Historical List of Skill Shortages in Australia of the crictical shortage ofVeh Painter in 7 out of the last 10 years. The Vacancy Report June 2017 advises that the increases in job advertisements at a detailed occupational level were recorded for Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers. A breakdown of the reports for NSW and Victoria, two of our largest employment markets highlights the skills shortage for Vehicle Painters in these reports.

AAPR case for reinstatement is based on idenitfiedcross jurisdictional skill shortages which continue to greatly impact upon the efficiencies and rising costs of working in the auto repair industry based on
• increased new vehicle sales every year
• fewer skilled technicians and apprentices to work on them
• our aging workforce

AAPR supports “Australian Jobs for Australians” and supports the Federal Governments goals of tightening the employer sponsored skilled migration program whilst not detrimentally affecting or depriving the identified skills needs required by the Australian Automotive Repair Industry. However, based on our direct experiences, AAPR is seeking the reinstatement of ANZSCO 3243-11 Vehicle Painter to the Occupation List to assist in addressing this clearly identified skills shortage.

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

Yes

What occupations do you recommend should be added to the STSOL?

Please also include occupations that you propose should be moved be moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL.

324311 Vehicle Painter

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

THE AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION OF PROGRESSIVE REPAIRERS (AAPR)
AAPR is a not for profit Automotive Repairers Association. A key focus of the AAPR is on careers in the collision repair industry with AAPR members repairing an estimated 400,000 of the reported 1.2 million vehicle collision repairs in Australia. Our members employ thousands of qualified technicians and apprentices, however when needed, we also employ skilled labour from overseas.

Decision to Remove ANZSCO 324311 - Vehicle Painter - AAPR members are a significant group of employers and was greatly alarmed by the lack of direct industry consultation in relation to this decision which has brought about significant disruption to an industry already suffering from an aging workforce and an acute shortage of skilled technicians and apprentices.

Reinstating ANZSCO 324311 - Vehicle Painter - Vacancy Report June 2017
Detailed Occupations – Trend Series
Over the year to June 2017, the largest increases in job advertisements at a more detailed occupational level were recorded for Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers
NSW and Victoria, two of our largest employment markets highlights the skills shortage for Vehicle Painters.
- Shortages of vehicle painters were evident across Sydney and regional NSW, with the fill rate falling by 47 percentage points since December 2015.
- Almost half of all employers reported that none of their vacancies attracted suitable applicants and almost one fifth of employers advised that they had no applicants at all.

AAPR on behalf of its members support “Australian Jobs for Australians” and the Federal Governments goals of tightening the employer sponsored skilled migration program whilst not detrimentally affecting or depriving the identified skills needs required by the Australian Automotive Repair Industry. However, based upon these findings and our direct experiences, AAPR is seeking the reinstatement of ANZSCO 3243-11 Vehicle Painter to the Occupation List.

3. Do you consider that occupations need to be removed from the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSSL) or the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?

Yes

What occupations should be removed from the MLTSSL or the STSOL?

111212 Defence Force Senior Officer

Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being removed from the MLTSSL or STSOL.

AAPR, on behalf of its members, supports Australian Jobs for Australians and we support the Federal Governments goals of tightening the employer sponsored skilled migration program whilst not detrimentally affecting or depriving the identified skills needs required by Australian Industry.

Occupations for removal should be based on DOE data and supported by the industries directly involved or affected by those removals.
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (see attachments)

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