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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?
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- Regional / Rural
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.
Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being added to the MLTSSL.
Ship pilotage is a capability that is quickly diminishing in Australia given the ageing workforce of this sector and the lack of coastal shipping which limits the opportunities to gain experience to undertake these jobs. Australian ship’s pilots are predominately in the 45-60 age group. This is due to the fact that many learnt their trades when there was effective legislation that facilitated over 100 Australian ships sailing around the country. The number of large Australian cargo carriers is less than 20 at the present time. This effectively means that there is less qualified and experienced mariners who could take up pilot opportunities at our ports, if they chose that career path.
Our ports look to hire suitably qualified and experienced Ship Masters to undertake the duties of a pilot. Those that do not meet the criteria of handling large carriers will not be deemed capable of handling these ships when they arrive at our ports. There clearly are safety and commercial imperatives at risk. For the nation this would mean a direct impact on our trades.
This ageing and limited cohort has resulted in a supply side power that has led to high wages for ship’s pilots and the ability to accept pilot opportunities in more desirable locations. Consequently, some of our regional centres are facing a shortage. For example, Darwin currently has 9 pilots. Over the last 5 years 10 pilots moved to other more desirable ports (e.g. Brisbane and Cairns). Darwin Port also reported that in its last recruiting exercise 93 applications were received for two vacancies, of which only 8 had prior pilotage experience; clear impacts from the lack of coastal shipping in this country. Of this 8, two were Australians that were subsequently hired (one on a trainee basis) given that port could not select the best suited for the job. Similar results have played out in the Pilbara, our resources engine
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)?