0058 Ausdance National

General information

Submitterʼs name
Ausdance National
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.
Arts and Recreation 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.
139911 Arts Administrator or Manager
211112 Dancer or Choreographer
211212 Music Director
212311 Art Director (Film, Television or Stage)


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?

Ausdance National (AN) is the peak body for representation of the dance sector, which includes the five dance companies that form part of the major performing arts companies – also represented by AMPAG – as well as a large number (>20) of small-to-medium dance companies and collectives.

Following consultation with the dance sector, and in addition to two job codes already on the MLTSSL (CEO and Musician Instrumental), AN believes there is a strong need to provide the option to recruit internationally for four years with capacity to move to permanent residency for - Artistic Director (212311); Dancers (211112); Arts Administrators (139911); Music Director (211212).

Primarily 457 visas in the dance sector are comprised of elite performers, in addition to a number of senior arts administrative roles – positions that are specific to understanding dance including experience within a dance/performing arts organisation. Whilst the number of visas within this area could be considered small, the specific artistic knowledge, understanding of the industry, and the expertise developed from international experience can all make significant impacts upon advancing the sector here in Australia; across individual, organisational and system levels.

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.

AN is not aware of any suitable dataset that is disaggregated by region that would be relevant to our sector and useful to the Department.

However, given AMPAG is a national organisation who represents five of our major dance companies, it can provide the department with information on recent movements or trends in a new survey they will be undertaking in conjunction with Symphony Services Australia called 'Australian Major Performing Arts Skills Gap Survey' as outlined in Q3.

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

As the visa numbers in Dance are small in comparison to other sectors, ANZSCO related national datasets may therefore not provide the visibility that would normally be required to form an accurate view on the labour needs of the dance sector.

For example:
- The methodology discussion paper includes consideration of the number of TSS requested. Given the numbers requested from our sector are small, focus on this type of quantitative figure would under-represent the significant impact on artistic excellence such appointments can bring.
- Not all positions may be advertised in a manner that is captured by standard internet vacancy data searches, and therefore datasets on industry positions filled via audition processes may be missing.

As referenced in Q2, AMPAG and Symphony Services Australia have developed the 'Australian Major Performing Arts Skills Gap Survey' to collect data to assist the Department in its assessment of the visa categorisation regarding arts related job codes. This independent survey is intended to track trends and forecast labour skills gaps longitudinally, and could provide additional data that assists with the Department's requirements.

AN would also recommend the Department consider reviewing the 'AMPAG Salary Survey', which outlines the salaries of key non-performance roles within dance companies - data which is benchmarked against the 'Australian Institute of Management Salary Survey' and matched by job code. However, it would be important to note in interpretation of this benchmarked data, that the salary range for such positions in the Dance sector (i.e., primarily Not-For-Profit organisations) are likely to be significantly lower than corporate or commercial industries. Additionally, salaries for non-performance positions in the small-to-medium organisations are also likely to be less than those of the Major Performing Arts companies, however their salary surveys are used as a guideline.

Furthermore, due to the quantitative nature of the data sets listed in the draft methodology, representation of key data and information related to cultural aspects (i.e., impact and value of international appointments) may not be as easily measured. It would be helpful to consider the inclusion of qualitative methodologies that provide an increased opportunity to get a sense of the importance such appointments bring to the sector, particularly in light of the globalized labour market of the dance industry.

Whilst the suggestions within the submission capture a component of the dance sector in terms of our largest employers (i.e., the Major Performing Arts companies), further research and/or surveys that capture data on the small-to-medium sector is urgently required.
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