0462 Thoroughbred Breeders Australia

General information

Submitterʼs name
Thoroughbred Breeders 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.
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
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.

121316 Horse Breeder

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

Over recent decades the breeding industry has been increasingly required to look offshore to find appropriately skilled individuals to fill essential and highly skilled occupations.

Earlier this year, Racing Australia provided a submission to the 457 Review indicating the cause of these skills and labour shortages fell into two categories: (a) changes to Australian society and (b) the nature of the work involved.

In a 2017 survey undertaken by TBA of Australian breeders in the second half of 2017, 85% indicated that, compared to 10 years ago, it is much harder to find competent staff. In addition, 95% of breeders stated that the supply of competent staff is a critical issue in the Australian breeding industry

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s latest available data indicates that just 41 457 Visas were granted under the Horse Breeder occupation over the past 5 financial years. However, these visa holders are often undertaking cornerstone positions at farms and responsible for managing and/or handling valued assets and bloodstock of their respective breeding operations.

In June 2017, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia welcomed changes to the skilled migration occupation list. The occupation categories Horse breeder and Horse trainer, which had been removed from the eligible list for visas, were reinstated.

However, the category of ‘Horse breeder’ was reinstated only to the Short‑term Skilled Occupation List. This means that the stud farms, and visa holders they recruit under the 457 Visa program, cannot plan for the long term.

TBA’s recommendations are:
• making the Horse Breeder occupation category eligible for the MTSSL, as it is currently on the short-term list & doesn’t provide a pathway for permanent residency;
• allowing both Horse Breeder and Horse Trainer occupations to be eligible for the Training Visa (Subclass 407) under the ‘Occupational training to enhance skills in an eligible occupation' category.

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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