0121 Meetings & Events Australia

General information

Submitterʼs name
Meetings & Events Australia
Submitted on behalf of
Professional body or industry association

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.
Accommodation and Food Services
Administrative and Support Services
Other 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)?

149311 Conference and Event Organiser

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

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) is the peak industry body that represents the meetings and event sector.

In 2017 MEA carried the first survey into skills shortages in the events industry that was submitted to the Australian Government as part of the review of the Skills Occupation List.

In 2018 MEA has carried a second survey of the events industry to measure the trends is skills shortages and to identify any changes in the shortages in the occupations in the industry sector.

The findings of this survey indicates that the industry is still experiencing serious shortages in event managers at both the mid and senior levels and that there is an increase in these shortages on the previous year's data as follows:
2017 Event Management Mid level 22.46%
2018 Event Management Mid level 28.09%
Increase of 5.63%
2017 Event Management Senior level 19.57%
2018 Event Management Senior level 21.35%
Increase of 1.78%

There has also been an increase in shortages for Event Management Entry level of 2.61%.

The findings also indicated that the constraints in recruiting business events staff were as follows:
Lack of solid experience /track record
Overall shortage of suitable candidates

This indicates a skills shortage in the conference and event management sector which is effecting businesses and in particular small businesses. Further data showed that 62% of businesses indicated that the skills shortages is already impacting their ability to recruit which was a 15% increase on the research in 2017.

The research indicated that the lack of skilled workers was a major cause of skills shortages (58.43%).

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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