0204 Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA)

General information

Submitterʼs name
Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA)
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 the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (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.

241213 Primary School Teacher
241311 Middle School Teacher (Aus) \ Intermediate School Teacher (NZ)
249111 Education Adviser
272115 Student Counsellor
272199 Counsellors nec
272211 Minister of Religion
134311 School Principal
134499 Education Managers nec
411715 Residential Care Officer
139999 Specialist Managers nec

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

On 26 June 2017 AHISA sent a detailed submission to the Temporary Skilled Policy Section of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection outlining the impact of changes to the skilled occupations list on individual Principals and on independent schools more broadly. The submission was based on information collected via a survey of our members, and AHISA has emailed a copy of our June submission, which included the results of the survey to SkilledMigrationList@employment.gov.au, along with an expanded version of this text.

School Principals: Recruitment for Principals of independent schools often involves an international search, especially if the school has a specialist curriculum offering or a particular philosophical approach to education. Successful schools require stable, sustained leadership and it is rare for the initial appointment of the Head of an independent school to involve less than a five-year contract. The tenure of most AHISA members is at least eight years. Both the school and the prospective international candidate need assurance that the placement can be of at least four years’ duration to warrant the cost of overseas recruitment and upheaval to the candidate’s family, and also to protect the stability of the school.

Other school leadership positions: Senior leadership positions in independent schools – such as such as Director of Teaching and Learning, Director of Research and Innovation, Director of Curriculum, Head/Deputy Head of Senior School, Head/Deputy Head of Junior School, Head/Deputy Head of Middle School and Head of Boarding – may not carry a teaching load. Generalist categories are necessary to cover recruitment.

Other staff: Especially in regional and remote areas, overseas recruitment of boarding house staff as well as primary, middle and secondary school teachers is a viable solution for shortages of experienced staff.

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


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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