0505 Carpet Institute of Australia Limited
- Submitterʼs name
- Carpet Institute of Australia Limited
- 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.
- Retail Trade
- Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
- Western Australia
- Regional / Rural
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
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.
- 332111 Floor Finisher
Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being added to the MLTSSL.
- The best available evidence is from a survey of Carpet Institute members. The findings, shown in the attachment, confirm that there is a critical shortage of trained floor finishers and that the industry and economic impacts are very significant indeed.
ABS data show that there were 12,700 employed floor finishers. 42% of floor finishers are 45 or older. Floor finishing is physically demanding work many installers cease working ‘on the tools’ well before the normal retirement age. The inflow of trained floor finishers from completed apprenticeships and skills upgrading is insufficient to compensate for even a small part of the loss of skilled workers from retirement and job mobility. NCVER data contained in the attachment show that in 2016 there were only 90 newly qualified floor finishers from completed apprenticeships and skills upgrading.
Floor finisher is the only skilled occupation in the Construction Trades Workers grouping not on the MLTSSL or the STSOL. This is an anomaly because there is clear evidence of a critical skill shortage of trained floor finishers.
The Victorian Government in June this year introduced new occupational registration regulations. For the first time in any State or Territory, floor finisher is subject to occupational assessment and registration procedures and treated the same as other construction trades.
Floor finishers are responsible for more than 60% of all floor covering installations. It is important to the health and safety of building occupants that floor coverings are installed by experienced floor finishers.
The available evidence points to a critical shortage of trained floor finishers that is having a major impact on the floor covering businesses and purchasers of flooring products.
The Carpet Institute submits that the floor finisher skilled occupation should be added to the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List, joining the other occupations within the ANZSCO Construction Trades Workers group.
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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