0051 Australia Major performing Arts Group

General information

Submitterʼs name
Australia Major performing Arts Group
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
Are you an Australian assessing authority for migration purposes?
Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Arts and Recreation Services
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.


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.

139911 Arts Administrator or Manager
211112 Dancer or Choreographer
211212 Music Director
212311 Art Director (Film or Television or Stage)

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

The Major Performing Arts companies' capacity to deliver on Gvt arts policy is negatively impacted.
*present work of a high artistic quality, *fostering a vibrant and sustainable cultural sector, *demonstrate a leadership role in the development of performing arts encompassing the development of artists, a commitment to the creation of professional development opportunities for young and emerging artists and a diversity of artist.

The number of visa applications for the above job codes generated by the sector is very small and industry need is unlikley to be picked up by big data analysis however their impact is critical to the advancement of the major performing arts organisations.

Artistic Directors (ADs) (212311) are the artistic equivalent of CEOs, a code on the MLTSSL. Appointments to this crucial role bring insight, strategy & direction to the whole company. While ADs are often recruited within Australia there are times when employing an AD from overseas will better serve not only an arts organisation but also the overall development of that artform and audiences in Australia.

There is a shortage of elite dancers (211112) in Australia & elite Australian dancers are often recruited by overseas companies, further diminishing the local talent pool. MPAs benchmark their work internationally, & strategic appointments from abroad strengthens the whole ensemble. Ballet companies have reported loosing access to elite talent due to the job code being placed on the STSOLand not on the MLTSSL. To attract elite dancers requires mutual commitment & longevity. the need for ellite dancers is equivalnet to the need for Musicians (Instrumental), which is already on the MLTSSL.

Capacity to recruit Arts Administrators or Managers (139911) internationally to assists in addressing skills shortages that arise in Australia at the leadership level of an MPA organisation as needed. To put it into context while Australia has 6 professional full time symphony orchestras Germany alone has at least 50. Arts Administrators or Manager roles require detailed knowledge of the artform and substantial high level networks of international contacts.

Like Artistic Directors, Music Directors (211212) must bring a specialist’s depth of artform knowledge & experience, plus capacity to forge new & strong international engagement & profile. It is a niche skill & the artistic equivalent to the administrative role of CEO or Managing Director, already on the MLTSSL.

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


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

Do you have any supporting material for your submission?

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