0166 VACC

General information

Submitterʼs name
VACC
Submitted on behalf of
Government

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
No
Are you an Australian assessing authority for migration purposes?
No
Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Manufacturing
Other Services
Retail Trade
Wholesale Trade
Education and Training
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
National
Western Australia
Regional / Rural
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Northern Territory
Queensland
South Australia
Tasmania
Victoria

Responses

 

1. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

Yes

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.

324311 Vehicle Painter

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

VACC has conducted a detailed national survey of 1100 automotive businesses on skill shortages by occupation for 2018. The survey is the largest automotive business survey ever conducted and has a margin of error of 3 per cent.

Survey respondents have identified Vehicle Painters as being the second highest occupational skill shortage within the automotive industry, behind motor mechanics. In the survey, 64% of respondents rated Vehicle Painters as a critical skill shortage over the next 3 years or more.

VACC has applied the weighted survey data across ABS trend business counts estimates to derive quantified estimates of skill shortages for all automotive occupations over the next 3 years.

Using this methodology, a national shortage of 2,320 Vehicle Painters was calculated for 2016-17, followed by a shortage of 2,985 and 2,653 Vehicle Painters in years 2017-19 and 2018-19 respectively.

The survey evidence and skill shortage calculations for Vehicle Painters over the three financial years listed represents irrefutable evidence that Vehicle Painters do indeed constitute at the minimum a medium-term skill shortage, and should therefore be added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

The VACC survey data supports the Department of Employment's traffic light listings for all other remaining automotive occupations, except for Vehicle Painters. Based on the industry evidence received nationally by VACC, it is strongly recommended that Vehicle Painters be added to the MLTSSL.

VACC feels strongly about this recommendation based on the weight of evidence, and is prepared to take this matter further with the relevant Minister should the Department not reconsider its decision on Vehicle Painters.

VACC is available for further consultation if required.

2. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?

Yes

What occupations do you recommend should be added to the STSOL?

Please also include occupations that you propose should be moved be moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL.

324311 Vehicle Painter

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

Based on VACC industry research - a detailed national survey of 1100 automotive businesses on skill shortages by occupation for 2018, Vehicle Painters should be reinstated at the minimum on the STSOL.

Survey respondents have identified Vehicle Painters as being the second highest occupational skill shortage within the automotive industry, behind motor mechanics. In the survey, 64% of respondents rated Vehicle Painters as a critical skill shortage over the next 3 years or more.

VACC has applied the weighted survey data across ABS trend business counts estimates to derive quantified estimates of skill shortages for all automotive occupations over the next 3 years.

Using this methodology, a national shortage of 2,320 Vehicle Painters was calculated for 2016-17, followed by a shortage of 2,985 and 2,653 Vehicle Painters in years 2017-19 and 2018-19 respectively.

The survey evidence and skill shortage calculations for Vehicle Painters over the three financial years listed represents irrefutable evidence that Vehicle Painters do indeed constitute both a short-term and a medium-term skill shortage, and should therefore at the minimum be added to the STSOL.

The VACC survey data supports the Department of Employment's traffic light listings for all other remaining automotive occupations, except for Vehicle Painters. Based on the industry evidence received nationally by VACC, it is strongly recommended that Vehicle Painters be added to the STSOL as well as being a candidate for inclusion in the MLTSSL.

VACC feels strongly about this recommendation based on the weight of evidence, and is prepared to take this matter further with the relevant Minister should the Department not reconsider its decision on Vehicle Painters.

VACC is available for further consultation if required.

3. Do you consider that occupations need to be removed from the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSSL) or the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?

No
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (see attachments)

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Last modified on Thursday 18 January 2018 [40151|101901]