0272 Racing Australia Limited

General information

Submitterʼs name
Racing Australia Limited
Submitted on behalf of
Professional body or industry association

About the submission

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.
Arts and Recreation Services
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
National
Regional / Rural

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.

121316 Horse Breeder

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

Existing efforts by industry and Federal and State governments to address skills shortages in the breeding sector of the Australian Thoroughbred industry have--regrettably--failed to overcome an ongoing skills deficit.

These Horse Breeder occupations are critical to the effective and safe functioning of stud farms in rural and regional areas of Australia.

The most recently available TAFE NSW statistics for equine related vocational courses--including Horse Breeding--reveal a 46% decline in enrolments and a 61% drop in completions. In SA there has been a reported 10-15% decline in enrolments over the past three years, while in WA there is currently no public provider of such courses.

Despite studs being located in regional areas afflicted by high unemployment rates, operators continue to highlight the struggle to attract qualified staff, upon which other jobs are reliant.

Change is required.

1. Given the significance of the roles covered by Horse Breeder it should be on the MLTSSL alongside the Horse Trainer category.

The shortage of skilled people available to fill these roles is similar, the low numbers in training is similar and--like Horse Trainer occupations--it's estimated it will take 5-10 years to train sufficient people to provide a sustainable locally-skilled workforce.

2. Stud farms report--and are prepared to attest--that since visa changes came into effect in July, the task of filling occupations within this skills category with temporary overseas staff has become more difficult due to (i) the significant new fees involved (faced by employers and applicants alike (ii) the significant time it takes for applications to be processed and (iii) the absence of any permanent residency pathway.

Finally, without these roles, stud operations (and associated jobs) in regional Australia will be jeopardised--the roles can't be filled safely by unskilled workers--and Australia's $120 million Thoroughbred horse export trade will be adversely affected.

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

No

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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