0518 Business SA

General information

Submitterʼs name
Business SA
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
No
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.
Professional, Scientific and Technical
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
Western Australia
Regional / Rural
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Queensland
South Australia
Victoria

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.

224711 Management Consultant
362212 Arborist
511111 Contract Administrator

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

[Re 224711 and 511111]: South Australia's defence industry is set for significant growth and local businesses must be well placed to meet the needs of this industry.

Our members have reported an ongoing requirement for these skills. Capabilities required to fill defence industry roles can be quite niche. Despite advertising positions consistently for a number of years, few applicants in the Australian market have been able to meet required experience criteria. Members have had to seek international expertise to fill skill gaps. As the defence industry expands, these needs will intensify.

The impact of these shortages also have flow on effects for other South Australian businesses. For example, members in the professional services industry are facing increased demand from clients to supply suitably skilled workers to fill defence industry roles. Inability to meet client demands will have a significant financial impact on professional services businesses and their employees.

These occupations should be moved from the STSOL to the MLTSSL.

[Re 362212]: Members in the arboriculture industry have reported that their business is being limited by local shortages for skilled arborists. With skilled arborists critical to the member's vegetation management business this shortage is hampering their ability to serve customer demand. Ongoing positions have been consistently advertised with little success. Some members have also reported some local applicants are not suitable for positions, for example due to methamphetamine and other drug abuse issues.

This occupation should be moved from the STSOL to the MLTSSL.

While all three above occupations are on the STSOL, members have further reported difficulty attracting skilled international workers to Australia given restrictions around permanent residency. Offering a path to permanent residency is a significant competitive advantage for Australia when seeking the best people to fill important skill gaps.

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

No

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?
No

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