0098 Global Disability & Health Care Services

General information

Submitterʼs name
Global Disability & Health Care Services
Submitted on behalf of
Employer

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
Yes
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.
Health Care and Social Assistance
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
New South Wales

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.

411712 Disabilities Services Officer
411715 Residential Care Officer

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

The rapidly expanding NDIS Scheme has created a huge workforce demand that is in crisis and in the next few years will be a catastrophe.
Is Australia's immigration workforce planning abandoning the most vulnerable, by taking off the list an essential job category such as Residential Care Officers 411715? Australians with a disability living, in the community and community group homes and specialist residential care for complex high support, need specialist experienced and trained support workers, such as Residential Care Officers 411715, now and many more in the future. The Federal government's legislation, policy and program of the NDIS needs a workforce to support its implementation to ensure the scheme doesn't fail, and ensure people with a disability have the support staff identified and funded in their NDIS Plans. The Productivity Commission reported that "a shortage of disability support workers existed in 2011, with this shortage predicted to worsen with the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme." (Productivity Commission, 2011).
URGENT RECOMMENDATION
1. That Disability Support Workers (both Residential Care Officers 411715 & Disability Services Officers 411712) be put on the Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) for Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS) Subclass 482.
2. That Residential Care Officers 411715 & Disability Services Officers 411712 on Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS) Subclass 482 have a clear path to Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Residency. (We desperately need to keep those who want to stay).
DISABILITY SECTOR CONTEXT - IN RAPID GROWTH
In June 2015, the Department of Social Services published the NDIS Integrated Market, Sector and Workforce Strategy. The report anticipates that as a result of the NDIS, the disability sector workforce will need to more than double in size between 2015 and 2019-20 (in just 4-5 years). This represents an increase from approximately 73,600 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers to an estimated 162,000 FTE workers needed. That is 88,400 new jobs.
In NSW the NDIS Quarter 3. 2017-18 Report identified that "the NDIS related workforce is estimated to grow by 23,650 to 28,950 workers".
" A draft report by PricewaterhouseCoopers obtained by the ABC shows more than 80,000 extra [disability] workers will be needed across Australia [for the NDIS]. " (Elise Worthington. "Disability care sector needs thousands of workers" ABC Net 20 Sept 2013). The remaining explanation is attached.

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

No

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 (not published)

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