0190 Australian Drilling Industry Association

General information

Submitterʼs name
Australian Drilling Industry Association
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.
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
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 the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?


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


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.

712211 Driller

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

The ADIA represents 290 Drilling Companies around the nation and we have numerous members coming to us to say that they cannot find experienced drillers to fill newly created roles. Conditions in the drilling industry are improving after a 5 year downturn, during which many experienced operator positions were made redundant and the affected workers transferred to different industries. Many of them do not wish to return as they have more stable employment elsewhere and often city based.
We surveyed our larger members for hard data and between the top 12 companies who employ +2000 people, they have a combined need for about 150 drillers. The expectation is that one third of these will be found within the country, but often this is a result of drillers transferring between companies. With the previous 457 visa scheme, these additional drillers could have come into the country and filled these roles on a temporary basis very satisfactorily. This was a successful model in the 2008 to 2012 period when mining activity was also high.
These companies will continue to train internally, however a new recruit takes a minimum of 3 years working to upskill them sufficiently before being able to be promoted into a driller role. More details can be found in the uploaded report.

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)?

Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (see attachments)

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