0319 SGS Australia Pty Ltd

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Submitterʼs name
SGS Australia Pty Ltd
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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
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.
Professional, Scientific and Technical
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
Western Australia
Northern Territory


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.

224712 Organisation and Methods Analyst
231215 Marine Surveyor
231299 Marine Transport Professionals nec
311412 Earth Science Technician
312611 Safety Inspector
139913 Laboratory Manager

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

SGS Australia employs approximately 1300 people throughout Australia across 50 sites. We are in all states and territories, with the exception of the ACT and perform a lot of our work in remote and regional Australia.
Over a number of years, we have recruited globally to fill our vacancies in remote and regional Australia, across towns and cities such as: Karratha, Kalgoorlie, West Wyalong, Townsville, Darwin and Broome.
Finding staff who would like to reside in these locations is often difficult and recruitment is often hampered by a lack of ready, willing, able and qualified staff to perform the work in these areas,
For example, recently, we have posted an advertisement for a Marine Surveyor in Karratha. As a result of the advertising (linkedin, Seek and SGS.com), we received 10 applications. 80% of the applicants required sponsorship and held the necessary qualifications and expereince to perform the role. 20% of the applicants were from Australia, however, would have taken some time to train and up skill.
Our efforts to recruit a team of LNG Surveyors/Inspectors to service the major LNG contracts have been made all the more difficult. Of the applicants I would estimate that > 50 % of all who applied where operating under an existing temporary visa requiring company sponsorship thus making them ineligible…Of the remaining more than half had no LNG experience. The remaining pool of candidates who had citizenship/PR and relevant experience do not wish to live in the regional areas.
Lead Auditors: Difficult to recruit ‘staff’ auditors. Candidates attracted to contractor roles – results in excessive costs for Business and provides scheduling issues. Industry related training is both expensive and lengthy.
Safety Inspectors: do not want to live and work in remote or regional locations.

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?

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