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Latest Invitation Round GSM 2019

The Department of Home Affairs released the data for the first SkillSelect invitation round in the 2019-2020 program year.

This comes off the back of earlier announcements that the Skilled Regional subclass 489 visa will be replaced by a new Skilled Work Regional subclass 491 visa on 16 November 2019, in an effort to drive skilled migrants to regional areas of Australia.

This article looks back on the year that was and the first invitation round for 2019-2020.

Recap of July 2018 to June 2019

On 1 July 2018, the pass mark to meet for a visa under the General Skilled Migration program increased from 60 to 65 points.

The Department also advised that the number of invitations issued to Skilled Regional 489 and Skilled Independent 189 visas would decrease from once a fortnight to once a month. Invitations continue to be issued on the 11th of each month.

The Department’s 2018-2019 planning levels allocated 43,990 places to the Skilled Independent program which consists of the 189 points tested visa as well as the 189 New Zealand (not points tested) visa.

From this, approximately 23,000 places were given to the points tested stream where we saw 22,920 invitations issued to successful skilled migrants by the end of the program year.

Interestingly, from April onwards, the invitations issued each month dropped significantly as we neared the end of the program year:

Visa subclass Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 1,000 2,490 2,490 4,340 4,340 2,490 2,490 1,490 1,490 100 100 100 22,920
Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 120
Total 1,010 2,500 2,500 4,350 4,350 2,500 2,500 1,500 1,500 110 110 110  23,040

 

At this stage, it is unclear the number of invitations issued to the 189 New Zealand stream.

In a similar manner, 28,850 places were given to the State and Territory Nominated program and as of 11 June 2019, only 17,350 invitations were issued meaning approximately 40% of the program was filled by the end of the year:

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT Qld SA VIC VIC WA Total
Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) 1,172 3,594 302 1,190 1,016 760 2,956 281 11,271
Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) 0 1,640 350 510 2,167 1,309 79 24 6,079
Total 1,172 5,234 652 1,700 3,183 2,069 3,035 305 17,350

Program Year July 2019 to June 2020

Overall, there is a decrease to the General Skilled Migration intake for the program year ending 30 June 2020.

Despite Government message that skilled migrants are needed in regional areas of Australia, and creating a new set of regional visas to take place from 16 November 2019 to facilitate this redirection away from capital cities, the overall intake for the GSM program will decrease by approximately 21%.

Last Invitation Round – July 2019

At the end of the last financial year, we saw Accountants needing to score at least 95 points – according to the Department’s data, at least 15 professionals were successful!

Similarly, Auditors and Electronic Engineers needed at least 90 points whilst the remaining Engineering professionals had to score at least 85 to be successful in obtaining an invitation.

In the first month of this financial year, 1000 invitations were issued to the 189 visa hopefuls whilst the number of invitations issued for the Skilled Regional 489 remained at 100.

As has been the case in previous years, the beginning of the financial year brings a bit more hope with the above points score reducing somewhat. Accountants and Auditors were invited on 85 points whilst the rest of the pro-rata occupations needed 80 points.

Pro-rata occupations are the most popular occupations where the number of migrant hopefuls outweighs the number of places available in the program year.

Below is a look at the occupation ceilings applied to the Skilled Independent 189 and Skilled Regional 489 visas, in the 2019-2020 intake. We have sorted them by the largest number of places available:

Occupation ID Description Places Available Invitations to 11/07/2019
2544 Registered Nurses 17,509 52
2613 Software and Applications Programmers* 8,748 265
3411 Electricians 8,624 <5
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 8,536 0
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8,052 5
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 7,007 0
3212 Motor Mechanics 6,399 <5
1213 Livestock Farmers 5,934 0
2247 Management consultant 5,269 5
3341 Plumbers 5,060 0
1331 Construction Managers 4,983 0
2713 Solicitors 4,650 <5
4523 Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 4,071 0
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 3,983 0
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 3,772 26
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3,550 14
2421 University Lecturers and Tutors 3,407 <5
3322 Painting Trades Workers 3,330 <5
1399 Other Specialist Managers 3,044 0
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,887 34
2211 Accountants* 2,746 83
3513 Chefs 2,738 <5
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts* 2,587 79
2631 Computer Network Professionals* 2,553 77
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2,294 5
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 2,171 124
2725 Social Workers 2,128 37
3941 Cabinetmakers 2,112 0
3332 Plasterers 2,100 0
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1,851 0
2723 Psychologists 1,832 0
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1,785 0
2525 Physiotherapists 1,784 <5
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1,682 0
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1,610 0
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers* 1,600 49
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* 1,552 47
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,505 <5
2343 Environmental Scientists 1,472 <5
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 1,313 <5
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1,250 11
2541 Midwives 1,218 0
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1,203 0
2415 Special Education Teachers 1,111 0
2121 Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 1,098 0
2524 Occupational Therapists 1,082 0
3611 Animal Attendants and Trainers 1,051 0
2243 Economists 1,000 <5
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1,000 <5
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1,000 <5
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1,000 <5
2344 Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 1,000 <5
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1,000 <5
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1,000 <5
2334 Electronics Engineers* 1,000 30
2339 Other Engineering Professionals* 1,000 30
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000 22
2333 Electrical Engineers 1,000 20
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1,000 13
2345 Life Scientists 1,000 11
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 8
2612 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 1,000 7
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1,000 6
2342 Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists 1,000 6
2336 Mining Engineers 1,000 5
1332 Engineering Managers 1,000 0
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1,000 0
2111 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 1,000 0
2112 Music Professionals 1,000 0
2347 Veterinarians 1,000 0
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1,000 0
2519 Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1,000 0
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1,000 0
2526 Podiatrists 1,000 0
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1,000 0
2534 Psychiatrists 1,000 0
2535 Surgeons 1,000 0
2711 Barristers 1,000 0
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 0
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1,000 0
3211 Automotive Electricians 1,000 0
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1,000 0
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1,000 0
3241 Panelbeaters 1,000 0
3331 Glaziers 1,000 0
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1,000 0
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1,000 0
4524 Sportspersons 1,000 0

Conclusion

With the intake decreasing for 2019-2020 and changes impacting the General Skilled Migration program in November 2019, it has never been more important to get immigration advice from a reputable Registered Migration Agent.

The migration agents at Migration Downunder are qualified and willing to assess your situation and consider your options for family sponsored, skilled and study migration. Please contact us today to discuss your options.

 

Published Wed 9 January 2019. Tags: , , ,

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