0118 Olive Farm Wines P/L

General information

Submitterʼs name
Olive Farm Wines P/L
Submitted on behalf of

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.
Agriculture Forestry and Fishing
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
Regional / Rural
Western Australia


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.

234213 Wine Maker

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

I am the 4th Generation Family Owner of Olive Farm in the Swan Valley of Western Australia, Olive Farm Wines and its proprietor Mr Anthony Yurisich.

Recently due to Perth being removed from the acceptable Regional Post Codes the occupation of Winemaker is no longer available due to the occupation being on the Regional Occupation List.

I have had great difficulty finding an Australian Winemaker with the experience to make the new age European styles we are know for. I have currently employed an International Winemaker on a short stay visa. I would dearly like to make an offer for her to continue but the only appropriate visa class would be the 482, which I can not utilise due to the inaplicability condition on the Occupation.

Whilst we are aware the Department has access to the Industry statistics for this occupation, we summarise the prospects for this industry below.

This is a small occupation employing 9,100 workers. The number of workers has fallen over the past 5 years.
Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow strongly to 10,200. Around 5,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 39.0 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).

Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,669 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.

In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

The fact that the unemployment rate is below average for this occupation should be a sufficient indicator that the occupation is not being abused by employers and that there exists reasonable demand for international winemakers to be employed by Australian businesses.

I would also point out that this is a problem in other wine making regions in Australia that are positioned close to capital cities including Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, Perth Hill and Peel Regions.

We request that the Department consider this submission as one that would be genuinely very beneficial for the Australian Wine Making Industry as a whole.

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?

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