0116 Australian Directors Guild Ltd

General information

Submitterʼs name
Australian Directors Guild Ltd
Submitted on behalf of
Union or employee organisation

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)?


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)?

212312 Director (Film or Television or Radio or Stage)

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

For the past three years we have documented the importation of foreign directors for television commercial production. Over 50 foreign directors have been allowed to enter the country to director television commercials for local companies. This is in spite of the availability of many experienced and internationally award winning Australian directors being available to carry out this work. In one case the production company brought the director in on a tourist visa and tried to conceal the fact by hiring a fake director. This was reported to the Department of Immigration at the time and the company were cautioned.

This area of work is vital for the professional development and long term career prospects of our talented directors. Those who have used commercials to build their careers include PHILLIP NOYCE, FRED SCHEPISI, GARTH DAVIS, GILLIAN ARMSTRONG, KRIV STENDERS, BAZ LUHRMANN and many more. If access to other markets for our directors were the same as Australia we would not deem it to be a problem but restriction in other English speaking markets such as the UK and USA mean we do not have an even playing field internationally.

We have estimated that up to 30% of working Australian directors have been deprived of work due to the influx of foreign directors (Names, nationalities and commercials directed are available on request). In come cases these directors arrive within days of applying for the appropriate Visas even though they do not pass the Net Employment Benefit (NEB) Test.

We are in jeopardy of reducing the number of Australian directors who can work professionally in Australia depriving Australian audiences of the stories that reflect Australian culture and the work that other professionals in the screen industry rely upon.

Simply put if we are able to restrict the importation of foreign directors for screen production we would increase the employment of Australian directors and continue to develop our unique screen culture. A good example of this is the directors of LION, the multi-award winning Oscar nominated film director by Garth Davis who developed his career in television commercial directing in Australia. Without this pathway he would not have been able to direct this outstanding and important Australian film.

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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