0318 Motor Trades Association of Australia

General information

Submitterʼs name
Motor Trades Association of Australia
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
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.
Professional, Scientific and Technical
Retail Trade
Transport Postal and Warehousing
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
National

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.

324211 Vehicle Body Builder
324212 Vehicle Trimmer
324311 Vehicle Painter

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

Please refer to Source: Directions in Australia’s Automotive Industry (2017): An Industry Report 2017.
45.7% of automotive businesses are experiencing skills shortages (p. 36). This is the highest level ever recorded and is shown in the following table.
Occupation/ Shortage 2016-17/Shortage 2017-18/Shortage 2018-19

Light Vehicle Mechanic 12,943 16,656 14,799
Vehicle Spray Painter 2,320 2,985 2,653
Panel Beater 2,304 2,965 2,634
Heavy Vehicle Mechanic 1,973 2,539 2,256
Automotive Electrician 1,530 1,969 1,749
Vehicle Detailer 295 380 337
Motorcycle Mechanic 234 301 268
Mobile Plant Mechanic 167 215 191
Mechanic-Farm Machinery 145 172 186
Vehicle Trimmer 126 162 144
Engine Re-conditioner 101 130 115
Automotive glazier 91 117 104
Motor Vehicle Salesperson 2,243 2,886 2,565
Motor Vehicle Parts and
Accessories Salesperson 785 1,010 897
Tyre Fitter 718 924 821
Spare Parts Interpreter 625 804 715
Mechanic- Outdoor Power
Equipment 381 491 436
Vehicle Body Builder 149 110 70
Marine Mechanic 98 126 112
Bicycle Mechanic 24 31 50
Miscellaneous 125 110 100
Total 27,377 35,083 31,202
(p.37)

Without addressing automotive skills shortages, the $37.1 billion contribution to the Australian economy by the automotive repair industry (or 2.2% of Australia’s GDP) is threatened (p. 16). The productivity of the 91% Australian businesses that utilise the goods and services of the automotive industry as intermediate inputs towards the value of their own production (p. 16) is also threatened.
There are approximately 11,000 students commencing automotive trade training each year (p. 16).which is insufficient to address shortages outlined above in the short and longer term
MTAA advocates that MLTSSL classification will increase the likelihood of attracting committed employees due to available Australian resettlement; particularly in regional and remote areas. Increased numbers of committed and skilled employees will also give employ

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.

Source: Directions in Australia’s Automotive Industry (2017): An Industry Report 2017.
45.7% of automotive businesses are experiencing skills shortages (p. 36). This is the highest level ever recorded (p. 36) and illustrated in the following table.
Occupation/Shortage 2016-17/Shortage 2017-18/Shortage 2018-19

Light Vehicle Mechanic 12,943 16,656 14,799
Vehicle Spray Painter 2,320 2,985 2,653
Panel Beater 2,304 2,965 2,634
Heavy Vehicle Mechanic 1,973 2,539 2,256
Automotive Electrician 1,530 1,969 1,749
Vehicle Detailer 295 380 337
Motorcycle Mechanic 234 301 268
Mobile Plant Mechanic 167 215 191
Mechanic-Farm Machinery 145 172 186
Vehicle Trimmer 126 162 144
Engine Re-conditioner 101 130 115
Automotive glazier 91 117 104
Motor Vehicle Salesperson 2,243 2,886 2,565
Motor Vehicle Parts and
Accessories Salesperson 785 1,010 897
Tyre Fitter 718 924 821
Spare Parts Interpreter 625 804 715
Mechanic- Outdoor Power
Equipment 381 491 436
Vehicle Body Builder 149 110 70
Marine Mechanic 98 126 112
Bicycle Mechanic 24 31 50
Miscellaneous 125 110 100
Total Shortage 27,377 35,083 31,202
(p. 37)
Without addressing automotive skills shortages, the $37.1 billion contribution to the Australian economy by the automotive repair industry (or 2.2% of Australia’s GDP) is threatened (p. 16). The productivity of the 91% Australian businesses that utilise the goods and services of the automotive industry as intermediate inputs towards the value of their own production (p. 16) is also threatened.
There are only approximately 11,000 students commencing automotive trade training each year (p. 16) which is insufficient to address shortages outlined above in the short and longer term.
Although not optimal for attracting committed long term employees, MTAA advocates that if MLTSSL classification is not applied to all automotive occupations, classification as STSOL will assist in attracting skilled automotive employees (at least in the short term).

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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