0059 Cotton Australia

General information

Submitterʼs name
Cotton 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.
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
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?

First and foremost, we wish to use this opportunity to highlight that the current ANZSCO occupations are not an accurate reflection of the occupations and skills that exist in many agriculture industries today, cotton included. ANZSCO needs to be updated and a key change needed is the inclusion of a supervisory farm level role (between Farm Hand and Farm Manager). Hence we support the recommendation put forward by the National Farmers’ Federation in their submission: “It is imperative that an alternative to the ANZSCO classifications is established. Until an alternative to ANZSCO is reached, it is important that there is a simpler pathway for non-ANZSCO classifications to be eligible for TSS visa holders."
To understand the Australian cotton industry’s workforce situation, we draw on a range of sources:
- Our own industry grower survey which is managed by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (conducted annually however workforce questions are less frequent)
- smaller, ad hoc surveys conducted by ourselves (industry body) to our members or other networks
- relevant work by other peak industry bodies (eg QLD Farmers' Federation, National Farmers' Federation)
- Skills Impact (of of the Skills Service Organisation; previously Agrifood Skills Australia)
- Course, national data from ABS, government departments, research organisations etc

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.

Data generated from our industry funded projects (managed by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation) can be disaggegrated by region.
Skills needs analysis conducted by training providers could also be disaggregated.

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

Relevant information from workforce research undertaken by the 15 Rural Research and Development Corporations or agricultural industry bodies. RDCs fund independent, scientific work.
Findings may not necessarily be aligned to ANZSCO.

State government skills and workforce work.

The work of Skills Impact and the other Skills Service Organisations (Skills Impact is the SSO that covers agriculture).
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?

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