0158 Independent Schools Council of Australia

General information

Submitterʼs name
Independent Schools Council of 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.
Education and Training
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
Regional / Rural


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.

134311 School Principal
134499 Education Managers nec
139999 Specialist Managers nec
241213 Primary School Teacher
241311 Middle School Teacher (Aus) \ Intermediate School Teacher (NZ)
249111 Education Adviser
272115 Student Counsellor
272199 Counsellors nec

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

Under the current settings school principals are no longer eligible for the medium-term (4 year) visas under the MLTSSL; they are only eligible for the short-term (2 year) visas, with a possible two-year renewal as prescribed by the STSOL. This change is having an adverse impact on the Independent school sector as a significant number of schools utilised the medium-term 457 visa type for the international recruitment of school principals.
The recruitment and relocation costs involved for the recruitment of a successful international applicant are almost impossible for a school to justify for a two-year visa, particularly with a renewal process which is not guaranteed. Generally Independent schools are looking at five-year contracts as stability and consistency are highly prized elements of school leadership.
It is imperative for Independent schools to be able to access a wide range of candidates to fill leadership positions in schools. In an increasingly globalised context, it is also natural that Independent schools would wish to recruit highly skilled principals with international experience and skills.
We also have concerns that similar changes which have been made for a range of other school related professions will also inhibit the hiring of qualified and professional staff in Independent schools. These include primary and middle school teachers, student counsellors, residential care officers and other senior staff who are no longer considered to be eligible.
While school principals can utilise the occupation ‘Chief Executive or Managing Director (11111) which is still on the MLTSSL, this is a stop-gap solution and it is ISCA’s view that recognition of ‘School Principal’ on the MLTSSL would be the preferred option, signalling an appreciation of the unique leadership role of school principals in the education sphere.
However, while there is an alternative pathway for principals, this is not the case for a number of other school-related occupations which were moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL. Additionally, in the current Traffic Light Bulletin, both ‘Middle School Teachers’ and ‘Residential Care Officer’ are flagged for possible removal from the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) which is completely contrary to the sector’s previously stated position that these occupations should in fact be moved from the STSOL to the MLTSSL.

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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