0430 Medicines Australia

General information

Submitterʼs name
Medicines Australia
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.
Professional, Scientific and Technical
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.

111111 Chief Executive or Managing Director
224914 Patents Examiner
225412 Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)
251511 Hospital Pharmacist
251512 Industrial Pharmacist
251999 Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals nec
132511 Research and Development Manager
271214 Intellectual Property Lawyer
311213 Medical Laboratory Technician
133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing)
311411 Chemistry Technician
311499 Science Technicians nec
133611 Supply and Distribution Manager

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

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a submission to the Draft Traffic Light Bulletin for Public Consultation.

We support the Government’s commitment to continuity and stability by not making further changes to the medium and long-term strategic skills list at this time.

We do note however, that there are still several occupations critical to the innovative pharmaceutical industry that are currently included in the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) list, where the visa duration is 2 years.

We ask the Government to consider moving these to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) list to ensure even greater continuity of the occupations that require unique skill sets which are required for the Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical (MTP) sector in Australia

Medicines Australia member companies employ thousands of Australian workers that contribute to Australia’s economy and prosperity. We strongly support a skilled visa system that compliments the Australian workforce and adds additional skills, capacity and attractiveness to invest in the Australian innovative pharmaceutical industry.

Senior, experienced and uniquely qualified pharmaceutical experts are critical to underpin the Australian pharmaceutical sector’s capability and potential future strengths as well as generating a range of flow on benefits to Australia. A majority of positions within pharmaceutical companies in Australia are highly skilled and require a unique capability and skillset that takes a higher level degree plus extensive experience in the industry.

The pharmaceutical industry relies on the ability to enrich its talented individuals both locally and internationally, to enhance their contributions to the broader pharmaceutical eco-system and ultimately to ensure innovative, breakthrough medical treatments can be commercialised and brought to patients.

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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