0054 Business Council of Australia

General information

Submitterʼs name
Business Council of Australia
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.
Accommodation and Food Services
Administrative and Support Services
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Arts and Recreation Services
Education and Training
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
Financial and Insurance Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Information Media and Telecommunications
Other Services
Professional, Scientific and Technical
Public Administration and Safety
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
Retail Trade
Transport Postal and Warehousing
Wholesale Trade
Please identify which occupations your submission relates to:
All 670 occupations


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?

Datasets that appear to be needed under the methodology - but which we are unable to identify as currently available and therefore may need to be established as new datasets - include:
• Emerging and uniquely specialised occupations that are not in the ANZSCO categories
 Reason: to enable visa provision for roles facing skill shortages that are not adequately captured by ANZSCO
• The time it takes for an Australian to reach the educational attainment necessary to occupy a role by ANZSCO category
 Reason: to allow roles to be included on the MLTSSL where it takes more than several years to train Australian workers (ie a 2-year visa is insufficient to fill a temporary skill shortage)
Datasets that are currently available and should be considered for inclusion under the Department’s methodology:
• VET student employment outcomes by ANZSCO and ANZIC classification, which is available in the VOCSTATS Total VET Graduate Outcomes survey
 Reason: the draft methodology includes datasets for employment outcomes for graduates of higher education and for apprentices or trainees, but not for other VET graduate categories
• Unemployed persons by occupation of last job (ANZSCO) type (ABS Labour Force).
 Reason: to identify whether or not large numbers of unemployed Australians exist for a nominated ANZSCO occupation, and hence whether a skill shortage applies (and vice versa)

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?

• Greater transparency is needed on how the points system will be applied to each occupation
• The ‘Traffic Light’ bulletin should provide a clear rationale for any prospective changes to occupation categories, and refer to the datasets that underpin the supporting analysis. In particular, the bulletin should explain the rationale for including an occupation on the STSOL versus the MLTSSL.
• Certainty for business would be enhanced by moving from regular 6 month to 12 month reviews of the skilled occupation lists, with changes applying from 1 July (not 1 January), and ensuring changes are notified with sufficient time to complete applications already underway.
• More guidance is generally needed on:
 the definition of a short term skill shortage (for occupations on the STSOL)
 the definition of a medium to long term skill shortage (for occupations on the MLTSSL)
 the factors or criteria that will determine an occupation’s skill shortage status
 the types of evidence that are required to justify the movement of occupations from the STSOL onto the MLTSSL, or to justify the movement of occupations with no visa eligibility onto either the STSOL or MTSOL.
• The methodology should clarify that, despite its name, the MLTSSL also contains occupations that are facing short term skill shortages
- As the new methodology is implemented, opportunities for simplification of the process should be identified to reduce time and cost impacts on business
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?

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