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
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.
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|
|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|
|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:
|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|
|Child Care Centre Managers||1,000||1|
|Health and Welfare Services Managers||1,302||3|
|Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasures||1,342||227|
|Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians||1,000||25|
|Land Economists and Valuers||1,000||12|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Speech Professionals and Audiologists||1,000||21|
|General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers||3,348||100|
|Internal Medicine Specialists||1,000||15|
|Other Medical Practitioners||1,145||221|
|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|
|Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1,000||14|
|Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1,000||4|
|Telecommunications Technical Specialists||1,000||7|
|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|
|Bricklayers and Stonemasons||1,594||1|
|Carpenters and Joiners||8,372||6|
|Painting Trades Workers||3,277||3|
|Wall and Floor Toilers||1,259||0|
|Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics||1,836||0|
|Electrical Distribution Trades Workers||1,019||0|
|Electronics Trades Workers||1,769||13|
|Boat Builders and Shipwrights||1,000||0|