0399 The Australian Ballet

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Submitterʼs name
The Australian Ballet
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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.
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.

212111 Artistic Director
211112 Dancer or Choreographer

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

The Australian Ballet is an iconic Australian and internationally renowned Australian Major Performing Arts company. The Australian Ballet, the major employer of ballet dancers in Australia, is a small organisation that offers employment contracts to between 2 and 5 exceptional ballet dancers each year.Our main source of new recruits is The Australian Ballet School.80% of our dancers are graduates of The Australian Ballet School.Most of the students at the School are Australian citizens but the school can enrol up to 14 international students, circa 10% of the maximum full-time student cohort.In a highly competitive international sector where success is based on talent The Australian Ballet will, occasionally, recruit one of the School's international students or a talented international dancer from elsewhere.As ballet dancers spend their career in one company, to attract an international recruit The Ballet will need to facilitate a long term visa.The numbers involved in this elite, ballet dance sector are small; of 79 dancers employed by The Australian Ballet currently only 7 hold 457 visas. When an overseas candidate is considered for the role, it must be a long-term engagement, given the major impact they have on the direction and structure of the company and the need for them to settle and deeply engage in Australia and the countries’ cultural discourse. With respect to Artistic Directors, ADs are responsible for the long-term artistic direction of a company. They are highly specialised, having in-depth understanding of repertoire and ballet, and large national and international networks. There are a tiny number of Australians with the skill set required by an AD. ADs must be guaranteed longer tenure than a short term visa provides. There are no Artistic Directors on short term contracts across the MPAs.Given the size of our sector, national labour market data sets are not available.We are willing to provide any information required to assist in this review.

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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