0245 Anonymous

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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.
Mining
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
National
Western Australia
Regional / Rural
Queensland

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.

712211 Driller

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

With the severe downturn in the mining sector from 2012 to 2017, many Driller's left the industry to seek stable employment in other fields. Recently commodity prices have improved, which coupled with renewed investor sentiment to fund Junior Exploration Companies has seen a significant increase in drilling programs. ABS (8412 - Mineral Exploration) stats show the industry is in rebound phase. The following statistics show an overall decrease in Seek applications to FORACO Driller advertisements:
Feb 2014 37 applicants for the role
Dec 2015 37 applicants for the role
Mar 2017 14 applicants for the role
Oct 2017 9 applicants for the role

This highlights the reduced pool of suitably skilled Driller's available in the market. Such a reduction places upward pressure on wages, and jeopardises the timely completion of critical path exploration (drilling) to find and develop the mines of tomorrow which are a major contributor to the Australian economy.

FORACO has experienced the same trend with the lower skilled Driller's Offsider roles. These are the entry level positions that take up to 3 years to train as Drillers, which inhibits the ability to train and develop internally to meet short term demand.

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.

712211 Driller

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

As previously explained in the MLTSSL, the available pool of suitably qualified Driller's has diminished significantly during the past 5 years. Some Drilling contracts are of short term nature (3 to 6 mths), and with the reduced pool of available Australian Driller's, many are unwilling to be drawn back into the Drilling field without the potential of longer term employment.

The shorter term contracts are mostly associated with Junior Exploration companies, who have traditionally made up 50% of the metres drilled in a buoyant exploration market. The inability to crew drilling rigs for Junior Explorers will impact the ability to find the replacement mines of tomorrow.

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?
No

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