0364 Symphony Services Australia Limited

General information

Submitterʼs name
Symphony Services Australia Limited
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.
Arts and Recreation Services
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.


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.

211212 Music Director
139911 Arts Administrator or Manager

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

Australia’s six symphony orchestras are part of the Major Performing Arts sector, with each orchestra internationally recognised for its artistic excellence. The orchestras employ over 2600 people, of whom 9 hold 457 visas. These numbers are tiny compared to other sectors, so it is difficult to provide data-based evidence. However, this small number of international employees is vital to the artistic success of the organisations and their ability to perform at world-class standard.

The orchestras have an “Australians first” policy, only turning to international recruitment if an Australian is not able to fill the role. Skills gaps can occur in the following job codes on the STSOL:

Arts Administrator or Manager 139911
Music Director 211212

Roles in these two job codes are extremely specialised, requiring international language skills and wide-ranging international networks of contacts. There are very few Australians who have the skills and experience required to fill the roles. The orchestras can provide evidence of their recruitment processes, demonstrating that no Australian or New Zealand applicants were suitable. There will never be more than a very small number of jobs (under 5 per orchestra) that match these codes. With such small numbers, national datasets will not reflect our need nor the importance of the roles within these organisations. The Department can contact Symphony Services Australia for further information about the orchestras’ needs in this regard and evidence of their recruitment processes.
The Dept of Employment Industry Employment Projections 2017 expects jobs in the Arts and Recreational Services sector to grow by 13.8% 2017-2022, the 6th highest growth sector, with the total number of new positions greater than in IT and just behind Financial Services. The performing arts are expected to generate 5.9% jobs growth. The jobs with the highest growth outlook are Artistic Directors (6.5%) and Dancers, Actors and other Entertainers (4.5%).

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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