0126 Jim Oakley

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Submitterʼs name
Jim Oakley
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1. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to or removed from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

Removed from MLTSSL

What occupations should be removed from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

233111 Chemical Engineer
233112 Materials Engineer
233211 Civil Engineer
233212 Geotechnical Engineer
233213 Quantity Surveyor
233214 Structural Engineer
233215 Transport Engineer
233311 Electrical Engineer
233411 Electronics Engineer
233511 Industrial Engineer
233512 Mechanical Engineer
233513 Production or Plant Engineer
233611 Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
233612 Petroleum Engineer
233911 Aeronautical Engineer
233912 Agricultural Engineer
233913 Biomedical Engineer
233914 Engineering Technologist
233915 Environmental Engineer
233916 Naval Architect (Aus) \ Marine Designer (NZ)
233999 Engineering Professionals nec

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

A comprehensive, systematic analysis of demand and supply for Unit Groups in Minor Group 233 Engineering Professionals is provided in the supporting document uploaded with this submission.

Over the last five years, the engineering profession in Australia has experienced what is probably the greatest oversupply of any profession in Australian labour market history. This oversupply has primarily been caused by the Government's misuse of the subclass 189 (skilled independent) visa and the subclass 190 (State and Territory Government-nominated) visa. Both these visas are points-tested visas which are not tied to labour market demand. They have been used as 'population-booster' visas.

All engineering occupations must be removed from the version of the MLTSSL contained in legislative instrument IMMI 18/051. This will then prevent access of migrant engineers to the subclass 189, 190, 485 and 489 visas. Over three-to-four years the oversupply will diminish.

The evidence is that engineering employers have used the employer-nominated visas (subclass 457/482 and subclass 186 visas) responsibly during the last five years of extremely difficult engineering labour market conditions. At this stage I support all engineering occupations being on the versions of the MLTSSL which cover the subclass 482 and 186 visas respectively.

The subclass 476 visa should be scrapped. There is no labour market justification for any international graduates to be granted access to the Australian engineering labour market. They are all surplus to requirements.

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 (see attachments)

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