0109 The Australian Ballet

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Submitterʼs name
The Australian Ballet
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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
Are you an Australian assessing authority for migration purposes?
Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Arts and Recreation Services
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.


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.

211112 Dancer or Choreographer
212111 Artistic Director

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

The Australian Ballet is a world class ballet company employing the best Australian talent available. A small number of international dancers are recruited periodically. These will either be top graduating students from The Australian Ballet School or international dancers recruited to supplement the company based on the specific needs of the company at the time. Only exceptional dancers are recruited. There is strong competition for these dancers globally. Tenure is an important factor in securing world class dancers. Dancers typically remain with one company for the duration of their career which can be up to 20 years. If Dancers remain on the STSOL The Australian Ballet will be unable to compete for global talent which would be detrimental to its status as a world leading, elite ballet company. The duration of stay permissible under the STSOL is not suitable for a professional ballet dancer seeking a career in a ballet company.
The Australian Ballet recruits the majority of its new dancers from the top graduating students from The Australian Ballet School. Up to 10% of the School’s students may be international students so, from time to time, The Australian Ballet will offer a position to one of these international graduates. The same will apply for other elite Ballet companies eg Queensland Ballet. Under the STSOL there will be no viable career path for the very small number of international students of the Australian Ballet School, creating difficulties for the School as it seeks to attract and compete for top talent with its international peers. Removing the option to work in Australia will significantly diminish the standing of The Australian Ballet School as a destination for aspiring artists. It limits the ability of The Australian Ballet and other ballet companies to select international students when recruiting from The Australian Ballet School and other sources.
Finally, while musicians are correctly on the MLTSSL, dancers are on the STSOL, creating inconsistent and adverse treatment for dancers, despite elite dancers and musicians both demonstrating a verifiable skills gap.
In relation to the role of Artistic Director, the specific skills and experience required to fill such a role in an elite ballet company are such that when the current Artistic Director elects to step down from the role a global search for a replacement is required. Short term tenure will not attract appropriate candidates seeking a long career with a company.

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


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

Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (not published)

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