2018 SkillSelect Latest Update

With close monitoring of the latest Skillselect invitation rounds, we have prepared this article that compares the latest invitation rounds and takes a look at how these changes may impact applicants.

The Department of Home Affairs announced an increase of migration points to 65 points under the general skilled visa scheme from 1 July 2018; SkillSelect invitation rounds have been updated from once a fortnight to once a month being the 11th of each month since July 2018.

Last Invitation Rounds

Up until today, the Department have conducted THREE invitation rounds on 11th July, 11th August and 11th September 2018 respectively.

So far, 5,980 invitations were issued to prospective 189 visa applicants that indicated applicant’s needed to score at least 70 points to be in with a chance.

Although we have experienced higher cut off points for the pro rata occupations such as accountants, ICT business analyst and software engineers.
The good news is that the points score for accountants has dropped from 85 in July to 80 in August and again 80 in September.

SkillSelect Invitation Round September 2018

The top ten occupations receiving the most invitations in September invitation round are listed as follows:

Occupation Occupation Ceiling 2018-2019 Invitations to 11/08/2018 Invitations to 11/09/2018 Increment
Software and Applications Programmers 7,271 581 1,231 650
Accountants 3,753 300 636 336
Computer Network Professionals 2,167 173 367 194
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 1,780 142 301 159
ICT Business and System Analysts 1,466 117 248 131
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasures 1,342 107 227 120
Registered Nurses 17,322 293 413 120
Civil Engineering Professionals 3,510 230 339 109
Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,660 204 295 91
Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000 182 251 69

Nominations by State and Territory Governments

The number of intending migrants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2018 to the end of August 2018 is shown in the following table:

Visa Subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa 156 177 60 182 138 154 734 1 1,602
Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa 0 345 74 144 206 202 2 2 975

Subclass 489 visas appear to be popular in NSW, as a pathway to a permanent visa under the general skilled visa stream. Applicants who are granted with a Subclass 489 visa – and wish to apply for permanent residency – must demonstrate they’ve been residing in the nominating regional area for at least two years and working in the regional area for at least one year full time.

Regional offices of Central West and Orana in NSW, however, have announced temporary closure of the state nomination process, due to the large number of applications received.

South Coast regional office has announced suspension on the occupation of Software Engineer since June 2018 and has raised requirements for several ICT related occupations.

The ACT state government has also announced the closure of state nomination for overseas candidates unless the candidates have close family ties in the Australian Capital Territory.

The Victorian State Government has changed its application process for ICT, Nursing and Engineering & building occupations, due to the high number of applications received.

Current Occupation Ceiling

The following table shows the occupation ceiling value for each group of occupations and the number of invitations issued to each group as of 11 September 2018.

Occupation Occupation Ceiling Value 2018-2019 Invitations to 11/08/2018
Livestock Farmers 4,841 0
Construction Managers 5,982 13
Engineering Managers 1,131 10
Child Care Centre Managers 1,000 1
Health and Welfare Services Managers 1,302 3
Accountants 3,753 636
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasures 1,342 227
Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1,000 25
Land Economists and Valuers 1,000 12
Management Consultant 3,894 79
Architects and Landscapes Architects 1,251 87
Cartographers and Surveyors 1,000 23
Chemical and Material Engineers 1,000 133
Civil Engineering Professionals 3,510 339
Electrical Engineers 1,000 172
Electronics Engineers 300 51
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 1,780 301
Other Engineering Professionals 700 119
Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1,000 45
Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,600 38
Veterinarians 1,000 25
Other Natural and Physical Science Professions 1,000 7
Early Childhood Teachers 2,488 70
Secondary School Teachers 8,480 115
Special Education Teachers 1,000 1
Medical Imaging Professionals 1,224 5
Optometrists and Orthoptists 1,000 3
Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1,000 2
Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1,000 10
Occupational Therapists 1,227 19
Physiotherapists 1,613 31
Podiatrits 1,000 1
Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1,000 21
General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers 3,348 100
Internal Medicine Specialists 1,000 15
Psychiatrists 1,000 2
Surgeons 1,000 4
Other Medical Practitioners 1,145 221
Midwives 1,000 11
Registered Nurses 17,322 413
ICT Business and System Analysts 1,466 248
Software and Applications Programmers 7,271 1,231
Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,660 295
Computer Network Professionals 2,167 367
Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000 251
Barristers 1,000 0
Solicitors 3,770 54
Psychologists 2,228 19
Social Workers 2,125 53
Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 14
Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 4
Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1,000 7
Automotive Electricians 1,000 0
Motor Mechanics 6,099 10
Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1,000 0
Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 4,639 3
Metal Fitters and Machinists 6,989 3
Precision Metal Trades 1,000 0
Panelbeaters 1,000 0
Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1,594 1
Carpenters and Joiners 8,372 6
Painting Trades Workers 3,277 3
Glaziers 1,000 1
Plasterers 2,081 0
Wall and Floor Toilers 1,259 0
Plumbers 5,766 3
Electricians 9,303 15
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1,836 0
Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1,019 0
Electronics Trades Workers 1,769 13
Chefs 2,821 18
Cabinetmakers 1,421 1
Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1,000 0