0370 Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensalnd

General information

Submitterʼs name
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensalnd
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.
Accommodation and Food Services
Manufacturing
Other Services
Professional, Scientific and Technical
Arts and Recreation Services
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
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.

251513 Retail Pharmacist
452311 Diving Instructor (Open Water)

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

Members within the migration industry indicated that retail pharmacists (251513) is an occupation in high demand, especially in regional areas. Considering the proposed reforms to take effect in March 2018, CCIQ believes there is a strong argument to move retail pharmacist from the STSOL to the MLTSSL, to ensure regional pharmacies are able to recruit and retain skilled workers.

It is CCIQs understanding that impacts to diving instructor numbers have been addressed previously in submission made to the Department of Immigration Border Protection (DIBP) in May 2017 by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

Tourism’s direct contribution to the Queensland economy totalled $12.6 billion in 2015/16. Since the changes made to the 457-visa category tourism operators have been finding it increasingly difficult to source skilled diving instructors (452311). CCIQ recognises the profession is listed currently on the STSOL, however again due to the nature of the work predominantly occurring in regional areas, it is important the occupation be moved to the MLTSSL.

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)?

Yes

What occupations should be removed from the MLTSSL or the STSOL?

399999 Technicians and Trades Workers nec

Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being removed from the MLTSSL or STSOL.

In April 2017, after the Federal Government made sweeping changes to the 457 occupation lists, CCIQ was contacted by a member who is a glass manufacturer, an extremely niche industry in Australia.

Due to the removal of technicians and trade workers nec from the valid occupations lists they were no longer able to employ glassblowers, included under the definition. It is as a direct consequence of this decision this business has been unable to hire a skilled worker in the position of glass blower.

CCIQ provided a submission to DIBP, dated 5 May 2017 outlining the impact the CCIQ member had incurred.

What was highlighted in that letter was that “Due to the unique nature of his industry, no Australian universities offer glass blowing qualifications. Some universities offer glass blowing introductory courses however these programs provide an insignificant amount of industry expertise to produce qualified glass blowers” … “use of overseas workers is due to the complete skill shortage in Australia. It is also a skill set doubtful to ever be taught in Australia. Qualified glass blowers typically require six years of education with additional working experience to be of a relevant skill level to be appropriate for the occupation”.

On 5 October 2017, the member contacted CCIQ again to expand on the impacts to their business as well as the benefits their products provide to the community and government clients. The glass products produced by the manufacturer are used in agriculture, science, medical, mining and essential services equipment. As one of only a handful, if they are no longer able to hire skilled glass blowers their products will either be delayed or no longer produced, a detriment to several industries.

The member has also worked closely with University of Queensland to assist with the creation of an accredited glass blowing course, in order to train local workers in the required skills.However, it takes years of training and experience to reach required
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (see attachments)

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