The Association is continuing its strong advocacy work, providing submissions to the Department of Employment on the composition of the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). The Association is arguing for the key hospitality occupations of cook and café and restaurants manager to be moved from the STSOL to the MLTSSL in recognition of the need to attract more skilled migrants to sustain the profitability and sustainability of the sector.
The most recently published Department of Employment statistics show that the café, restaurant and catering sector is expected to generate 84,100 new positions by May 2022—the bulk across skilled occupations where there are currently chronic shortages. The local workforce alone will be unable to fill this demand for staff. Therefore, it’s crucial to ensure there’s a policy framework in place which enhances the ability of hospitality businesses to meet the increased demand for its services. The Association has also written to the Minister for Employment outlining its concerns regarding the training levy to be imposed on hospitality businesses once the new Temporary Skills Shortage visa program begins in March 2018.
Juliana Payne, CEO
Restaurant & Catering Australia