0400 Independent Schools Council of Australia

General information

Submitterʼs name
Independent Schools Council of Australia
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.
Education and Training
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
National

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.

241213 Primary School Teacher
241311 Middle School Teacher (Aus) \ Intermediate School Teacher (NZ)
249111 Education Adviser
272115 Student Counsellor
272199 Counsellors nec
272211 Minister of Religion
134311 School Principal
134499 Education Managers nec
411715 Residential Care Officer
139999 Specialist Managers nec

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

ISCA is the national peak body representing the Independent school sector. ISCA represents 1,104 schools and 594,200 students, approximately 16 per cent of Australian school enrolments.
With the recent changes there are now several school-related occupations which are no longer listed on the MLTSSL, including highly skilled school principals and other school staff. This has caused significant concern to the Independent school sector.
School principals are no longer eligible for the medium-term visas under the MLTSSL; they are only eligible for the short-term visas, with a possible two-year renewal as prescribed by the STSOL. This change is already having an adverse impact on the Independent school sector as a significant number of schools utilised the medium-term 457 visa for the international recruitment of school principals.
Through the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), we have become aware that several Independent schools are cancelling current international recruitment processes and the changes are also causing difficulties for school principals currently in contract renewal processes. Generally Independent schools are looking at five-year contracts as stability and consistency are highly prized elements of school leadership.
We also have concerns that similar changes which have been made for other school related professions will also inhibit the hiring of qualified and professional staff in Independent schools. These include primary and middle school teachers, student counsellors, residential care officers and other senior staff who are no longer considered to be eligible.
The employment of overseas staff enables Australian Independent schools to bring into this country a range of expertise in international curricula, high priority learning areas such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics, boarding schools and also facilitates the employment of staff in regional and remote schools.

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)?

No
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (see attachments)

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