0094 Australian Meat Industry Council

General information

Submitterʼs name
Australian Meat Industry Council
Submitted on behalf of
Professional body or industry association

About the submission

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.
Retail Trade
Wholesale Trade
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
National

Responses

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.

351211 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker

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

The two trade occupations of Butcher and Smallgoods Makers are in very short supply in both rural and metropolitan areas of Australia.

Having the two occupations of Butcher and Smallgoods Maker remain on the Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) will detrimentally affect access to skilled workers from overseas countries which has previously been available.

This is prejudicial to the retail and smallgoods industries for at least 3 reasons:
1. Many applicants on working holiday visas or student visas will not stay in Australia without a permanent career path and needing to restart their careers after 4 years on temporary visas. Hence a greater shortage is created rather than solving the problem of a supply of qualified and experienced workers prepared to stay and add additional skills such as in small goods making from Europe.
2. New employees need to be inducted and trained in such areas as display, cuts, value adding meals, health and occupational safety and food safety. To lose a valued temporary sponsored visa every 2 years puts additional costs in supervised training in addition to other major costs such as energy.
3. The two year Visa has a cost of $1150 per adult applicant and around $3,300 for the average Migration agent cost. A renewal costs the same. The two stage process has doubled the fees to the applicants compared to the subclass 457 which it replaced. Some applicants cannot wear these costs and will leave. The employer has to pay $330 for each nomination plus around $2,200 for the Migration agent every 3 years. This cost of nomination cannot be passed on to the applicant by law.

These costs could be mitigated if the occupation is on the Medium and Long Term List which is a 4 year Visa leading to permanent residence after 3 years.

Additionally, the number of apprentices entering the occupation of Butcher and Smallgoods Maker is in serious decline.

The data to support this submission includes the following:

1. Apprenticeship statistics from the National Centre for Vocational Education
Research (NCVER).

2. Collated Data from responses to a national questionnaire sent to all
Retail/Wholesale and Smallgoods members of the Australian Meat Industry
Council (AMIC).

3. Collation of comment responses from the questionnaire mentioned in 3 above.

4. Department of Jobs and Small Business ANZSCO 3512-11 Butcher or
Smallgoods Maker October 2017 Current Labour Market Rating Fact Sheet.

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

Removed from STSOL

What occupations should be removed from the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?

351211 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker

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

These two occupations need to be moved to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) for the reasons outlined in another section of this submission.

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

No
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (see attachments)

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