0474 Australian Private Hospitals Association
- Submitterʼs name
- Australian Private Hospitals Association
- 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.
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- 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.
Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being added to the MLTSSL.
Private hospitals also face a shortage of Enrolled Nurses (ENs), so the APHA proposes these be moved to the MLTSSL. Increasing the length of stay permitted would entice more ENs to come to Australia, and allow them to gain more experience in their role here. The APHA’s 2017 EN survey found that 4% of ENs are overseas-qualified, yet in the year to August 2017 only 3,700 visas were granted to ENs. Large employers have been actively trying for years to address this shortage via EN training and graduate programs, yet shortages persist. NDIS and aged care demand adds to the shortage. Since ENs were added to the STSOL in April, applications to private hospital-based Diploma of Nursing programs have decreased, evidencing that the lack of an EN pathway to PR is impairing our ability to continue to source and train ENs.
Hospital and Retail Pharmacists are in critical shortage in regional Australia, so the APHA seeks the transfer of both occupations to the MLTSOL for regional locations. Both should also remain on the STSOL for metropolitan locations, as short term shortages do occur there. Employers report 6-8 months on average to fill regional pharmacist vacancies, directly impairing regional service provision. Operators are forced to hire locum pharmacists, resulting in no continuity of service and also increased operation costs.
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)?