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 ID||Description||Occupation Ceiling Value 2017-18|
|1341||Child Care Centre Managers||1000|
|1342||Health and Welfare Services Managers||1374|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*||1327|
|2241||Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians||1000|
|2245||Land Economists and Valuers||1000|
|2321||Architects and Landscape Architects||1474|
|2322||Cartographers and Surveyors||1000|
|2331||Chemical and Materials Engineers||1000|
|2332||Civil Engineering Professionals||3296|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*||2178|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals*||1000|
|2341||Agricultural and Forestry Scientists||1000|
|2346||Medical Laboratory Scientists||1487|
|2349||Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals||1000|
|2411||Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers||2639|
|2414||Secondary School Teachers||7910|
|2415||Special Education Teachers||1000|
|2512||Medical Imaging Professionals||1113|
|2514||Optometrists and Orthoptists||1000|
|2519||Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals||1000|
|2521||Chiropractors and Osteopaths||1000|
|2527||Speech Professionals and Audiologists||1000|
|2531||General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers||3495|
|2533||Internal Medicine Specialists||1000|
|2539||Other Medical Practitioners||1000|
|2611||ICT Business and Systems Analysts*||1574|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers*||6202|
|2621||Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists||2391|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals*||1318|
|2633||Telecommunications Engineering Professionals||1000|
|3122||Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1000|
|3123||Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1000|
|3132||Telecommunications Technical Specialists||1000|
|3222||Sheetmetal Trades Workers||1000|
|3223||Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers||4426|
|3232||Metal Fitters and Machinists||5330|
|3233||Precision Metal Trades Workers||1000|
|3311||Bricklayers and Stonemasons||1271|
|3312||Carpenters and Joiners||6968|
|3322||Painting Trades Workers||2780|
|3334||Wall and Floor Tilers||1407|
|3421||Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics||1427|
|3422||Electrical Distribution Trades Workers||1000|
|3423||Electronics Trades Workers||1878|
|3991||Boat Builders and Shipwrights||1000|
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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
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 group||Occupation Description||Occupation Ceiling Value 2016-2017||Total Invitations issued for FY 2016-17||Points required for 189|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals||1426||1482||65|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals||1000||1018||65|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||1413||1413||75|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||1539||1539||75|
|2611||ICT Business and Systems Analysts||1482||1482||70|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers||5662||5662||75|
|2633||Telecommunications Engineering Professionals||1000||1000||60|
|2332||Civil Engineering Professionals||2174||2150||60|
|2331||Chemical and Materials Engineers||1000||932||60|
|2539||Other Medical Practitioners||1315||896||60|
|2341||Agricultural and Forestry Scientists||1000||231||60|
|3122||Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1000||161||60|
|2321||Architects and Landscape Architects||1391||542||60|
|2241||Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians||1000||132||60|
|2312||Marine Transport Professionals||1000||130||60|
|2322||Cartographers and Surveyors||1000||120||60|
|2512||Medical Imaging Professionals||1000||116||60|
|3123||Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1000||97||60|
|2527||Speech Professionals and Audiologists||1000||76||60|
|2533||Internal Medicine Specialists||1000||57||60|
|2521||Chiropractors and Osteopaths||1000||42||60|
|2245||Land Economists and Valuers||1035||73||60|
|3132||Telecommunications Technical Specialists||1000||32||60|
|2349||Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals||1000||25||60|
|1341||Child Care Centre Managers||1000||22||60|
|2514||Optometrists and Orthoptists||1000||11||60|
|3422||Electrical Distribution Trades Workers||1000||7||60|
|2519||Orthotist or Prosthetist||1000||5||60|
|3222||Sheetmetal Trades Workers||1000||2||60|
|3991||Boat Builders and Shipwright||1000||2||60|
|3233||Precision Metal Trades Workers||1000||0||60|
|2415||Special Education Teachers||1126||21||60|
|1342||Health and Welfare Services Managers||1177||48||60|
|2346||Medical Laboratory Scientists||1602||158||60|
|3334||Wall and Floor Tilers||1475||6||60|
|2411||Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers||1822||264||60|
|3421||Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics||1701||27||60|
|3311||Bricklayers and Stonemasons||1751||34||60|
|3423||Electronics Trades Workers||1993||65||60|
|3322||Painting Trades Workers||2871||23||60|
|2531||General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers||3495||502||60|
|3223||Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers||4466||61||60|
|3232||Metal Fitters and Machinists||6677||96||60|
|2414||Secondary School Teachers||8032||647||60|
|3312||Carpenters and Joiners||7718||146||60|
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.