Occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 programme year

Occupation ceiling for the 2017-18 program year will stay on the same level as for 2016-17. The figure of 190,000 was announced by Department of Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton on a budget day 09 May 2017.  Detailed information about the quotas is available in the table below. Some of the occupations are subject to pro rata provisions (marked with * in the table below) and for some minimum score to get an invitation is well above 60 points. 


Occupation IDDescriptionOccupation Ceiling Value 2017-18
1331Construction Managers5400
1332Engineering Managers1155
1341Child Care Centre Managers1000
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers1374
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1327
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians1000
2245Land Economists and Valuers1000
2321Architects and Landscape Architects1474
2322Cartographers and Surveyors1000
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1000
2332Civil Engineering Professionals3296
2333Electrical Engineers1042
2334Electronics Engineers*1000
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*2178
2339Other Engineering Professionals*1000
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists1000
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists1487
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals1000
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers2639
2414Secondary School Teachers7910
2415Special Education Teachers1000
2512Medical Imaging Professionals1113
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists1000
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals1000
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths1000
2524Occupational Therapists1109
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists1000
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers3495
2533Internal Medicine Specialists1000
2539Other Medical Practitioners1000
2544Registered Nurses16741
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*1574
2613Software and Applications Programmers*6202
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists2391
2631Computer Network Professionals*1318
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1000
2725Social Workers1562
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1000
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1000
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists1000
3211Automotive Electricians1000
3212Motor Mechanics5980
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers1000
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers4426
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists5330
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers1000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons1271
3312Carpenters and Joiners6968
3322Painting Trades Workers2780
3334Wall and Floor Tilers1407
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics1427
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers1000
3423Electronics Trades Workers1878
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights1000

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9 August 2017 round results

1000 applicants got an invitation for 189 visa and around 123 under Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) Relative stream.

Applicants with 70 points were invited under 189 visa applications until 04/08/2017 6:16 pm.

Accountants – This occupation is still at 75 points cut off points with approx 3 rounds waiting so we expect this to come down at 70 points in most likely next invitation round.
– 717 places has been used in first 3 invitation rounds

Auditors, Company Secretaries, and Corporate Treasurers – It’s also at 75 points right now with last invitation issued until 30/05/2017 12:03 am. This may come down to 70 points in next month invitation round due to less space in occupation group.

Electronics Engineer – Applicants with 70 points got invited until 04/08/2017 6:16 pm so its good sign that it will be 65 points in next round if limited applicants with 70 points apply.

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers – Same for this occupation that it will be reduced to 70 points from current 75 as all applicants have been invited until 02/08/2017 10:16 pm with 75 points.

ICT Business and System Analysts – Promising changes for ICT graduates that this occupation has gone down to 70 points requirements with approx 3+ months wait for invitation to be issued.

Software and Applications Programmers – 70 point occupation right now but will be coming to 65 from next rounds on wards.

Computer Network Professionals – 70 points currently required however it will be at 65 points in next invitation round.

All above occupations have reached to their approx 15% ceiling value for the year 2017-18 so expect that planning level will be achieved in May if current trend is continued.

Accounting Students – It will be at 70 points all the time so do not expect it to come down at 65 points for 189 applications unless Planning level is changed with much higher Occupation Ceiling Value for 2017-18. ( Not going to happen )

IT Students – Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists is new occupation available for nomination and only 12 applicants got invitations against the planning level of 2391 for this year. 
– Choose more IT Security / Database Admin related subjects to get skills assessment done and use this occupation.


Engineering – Civil Engineering is good occupation to be right now with 3296 spaces but only 47 been nominated in 3 rounds.

Trade Occupations – 60355 space available for over 15 occupations and in 3 invitation rounds only 38 applicants have been invited displaying a huge gap and opportunities for such occupations. Only 0.62% planning level is achieved for these occupations in 3 invitation rounds and expecting that this will not even reach to 5% in current trend so by end of this financial year in 2018, approx only 3000 would have got invited in trades against such a large allocation of occupations.

Remember that occupation ceilings do not apply to Employer Sponsored, State or Territory Nominated or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses. If you apply for 186, 187, 190 you don’t have to be worried about ceilings. If you don’t have enough points for 189 – you may consider checking if there is a state nominating your occupation and go ahead with 190 instead. Each state has their own list of occupations and their own rules, so unless you’ll ask Migration Agent Charles (Karol) Nowak for advice, you’ll have to check each state separately.

Occupation ceilings for the 2016-17 program year explained


Occupation ceiling 21 June 2017 round results chart
Source DIBP

In the table below you’ll see the occupation ceilings for the 2016-17 financial year for each occupation from the list of skilled occupations sorted by ANZSCO code unit group, and the number of invitations that have been issued for that financial year. Table is taken from last round of invitations. As you may notice having 60 points is not enough for some of the most popular occupations. I spoke yesterday to a nice lady who lodged EOI for Electronics Engineers 2 months ago with 65 points wondering why she did not get an invitation to apply for a visa yet. She wasn’t aware of ceiling and pro rata provisions, so she will very likely not get an invitation at all. There is a lot of different things in migration law only experienced migration agents are aware of. Do yourself a favor and book a consultation with a migration agent to make sure you are on the right path to get your visa sorted. 


ANZSCO groupOccupation DescriptionOccupation Ceiling Value 2016-2017Total Invitations issued for FY 2016-17Points required for 189
2631Computer Network Professionals1426148265
2339Other Engineering Professionals1000101865
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers1413141375
2334Electronics Engineers1000100070
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers1539153975
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts1482148270
2613Software and Applications Programmers5662566275
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1000100060
2332Civil Engineering Professionals2174215060
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers100093260
2333Electrical Engineers1254109960
2539Other Medical Practitioners131589660
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists100023160
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians100016160
2321Architects and Landscape Architects139154260
2524Occupational Therapists100014960
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians100013260
2312Marine Transport Professionals100013060
2322Cartographers and Surveyors100012060
2512Medical Imaging Professionals100011660
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians10009760
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists10007660
2533Internal Medicine Specialists10005760
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths10004260
2245Land Economists and Valuers10357360
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists10003260
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals10002560
1341Child Care Centre Managers10002260
3211Automotive Electricians10001260
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists10001160
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers1000760
2519Orthotist or Prosthetist1000560
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers1000260
3991Boat Builders and Shipwright1000260
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers1000060
2415Special Education Teachers11262160
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers11774860
1332Engineering Managers14073760
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists160215860
3334Wall and Floor Tilers1475660
2725Social Workers178326560
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers182226460
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics17012760
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons17513460
3423Electronics Trades Workers19936560
3322Painting Trades Workers28712360
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers349550260
1335​Production Managers33681560
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers44666160
1331Construction Managers528913660
3212Motor Mechanics559721560
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists66779660
2414Secondary School Teachers803264760
3312Carpenters and Joiners771814660
2544Registered Nurses16346348760

What is an occupation ceiling?

It’s nothing about painting a ceiling while working as a painter, as some of you may expect, nope.

An occupation ceiling is a limit. For every financial year Department of Immigration is setting a limit on the number of invitations they are going to issue through SkillSelect program for some professions, which might be eligible for a Skilled Visa (are listed on SOL or CSOL)

These limitations do apply to:

  • Skilled independent visas (189)
  • Skilled regional sponsored visas (489)
  • Skilled or business state or territory sponsored visas

Before you’ll lodge your EOI, better check if ceiling has been reached for particular year, otherwise you may never receive an invitation even having 100 points.

If you’re not sure if your nominated profession already hit the ceiling please do not hesitate to contact us or book a consultation.


Occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 programme year.
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