0465 Queensland Tourism Industry Council

General information

Submitterʼs name
Queensland Tourism Industry Council
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.
Accommodation and Food Services
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
National
Regional / Rural
Queensland

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.

351111 Baker
351112 Pastrycook

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

It is recommended that Baker and Pastry Chef are both occupations considered for the medium term skilled list. With over 50 open positions for Pastry Chefs in Queensland alone and given the timeframe for completion of a pastry chef qualification, it is recommended that to address the current shortage, and to remain competitive over the next five years that these occupations are added to the medium term skills list.

2. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?

Yes

What occupations do you recommend should be added to the STSOL?

Please also include occupations that you propose should be moved be moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL.

141999 Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec

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

QTIC firmly opposes the removal of this category from the Skilled Occupation List. The accommodation sector is reliant on skilled overseas workers to fill roles that cannot be filled by domestic employees. In the current accommodation market, there are insufficient accommodation managers available to service the employment demand and without the ability to recruit from abroad. As a consequence, management is forced to accept under-qualified staff to fulfil the responsibilities of managers usually more experienced. This is a risky strategy and has a strong potential to negatively influence the reputation of the tourism industry in Australia.

In a report conducted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Accommodation and Food Services are the two categories that identified the largest difficulties in recruiting and retaining qualified, skilled staff. Furthermore, the Queensland Tourism Workforce Plan identifies, “attracting the right staff is an ongoing challenge for employers dealing with seasonality and high turnover, particularly in regional communities with small labour pools. Recruitment costs alone can be a large impost for small businesses. Comprising of 6% of the tourism workforce, industry stakeholders report that overseas workers can make a significant difference to a business’s ability to serve their visitor markets during seasonal peaks. These workers include skilled migrants on temporary visas who have come to Queensland to work for an approved business. Maintaining Australia’s competitiveness as a destination for overseas workers is fundamental, particularly for regional areas struggling to attract labour”. Removing a stream of employees will put the industry into an increasingly difficult position. It will also change the very fabric of the industry.

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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