The Department of Home Affairs has announced the occupation ceilings for 2020-2021.
The new occupation ceilings indicates that the Australia’s migration program for the new financial year is driven by the need to fight the corona virus pandemic and post-COVID economic recovery.
Before we analyse the new occupation ceilings, let’s explain what it is.
Each year the Minister for Immigration sets a limit on the number of skilled migrants allowed per year per each occupation category, called an occupation ceiling.
An occupation ceiling is based on a percentage of stock employment figures for each occupation. The Australian Bureau of Statistics provides these employment figures.
Some of the more popular occupations reach the ceiling before the end of the financial year.
No invitation will be issued for skilled visa applicants once the occupation ceiling is reached during the financial year.
The Department of Home Affairs allocates only a small number of the more popular occupations each month, so they are not all used in one round. The occupations which are affected by pro-rata invitations tend to attract a higher pass mark.
An ‘occupation ceiling’ may be applied to invitations issued under the independent, skilled regional (provisional) visas. This means there will be a limit on how many EOIs can be invited for skilled migration from an occupation group. This ensures that the skilled migration program is not dominated by a small number of occupations.
There has been a significant increase in some occupations such Construction Managers (43 per cent), Engineering Managers (47 per cent), Industrial, Mechanical and Production (67 per cent), Early Childhood workers (44 per cent), Special School Teachers (54 per cent) and University Lecturers (47 per cent).
Places for General Practitioners have gone up to 4,257 from 3,550.
Accountants have taken a hit this year. In 2018-19 they were allocated around 4,800 places which were reduced to around 2,800 last year. This year only 1,000 places have been allocated for this occupation group.
The number of seats for Chefs have been reduced from 2,738 to 2,256. Places for the psychologists have also gone down to 1,545 from 1,832.
The occupations which have seen a significant decrease include Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officers (69 per cent), Architects (34 per cent) and Plasterers (31 per cent).
The Department advised the immigration professionals that priority will be given to applicants with critical skills needed during and post COVID Pandemic.
|Occupation ID||Description||Occupation Ceiling Value 2020-21||Invitations to 14/07/2020|
|1341||Child Care Centre Managers||1,000||0|
|1342||Health and Welfare Services Managers||1,666||0|
|1399||Other Specialist Managers||4,188||0|
|2111||Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers||1,000||0|
|2121||Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters||1,000||0|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*||1,619||0|
|2241||Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians||1,000||0|
|2245||Land Economists and Valuers||1,000||0|
|2321||Architects and Landscape Architects||1,452||0|
|2322||Cartographers and Surveyors||1,000||0|
|2331||Chemical and Materials Engineers||1,000||65|
|2332||Civil Engineering Professionals||3,919||141|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*||2,682||48|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals*||1,000||<20|
|2341||Agricultural and Forestry Scientists||1,000||<20|
|2342||Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists||1,000||<20|
|2344||Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists||1,000||0|
|2346||Medical Laboratory Scientists||1,536||0|
|2349||Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals||1,056||0|
|2411||Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers||3,321||0|
|2414||Secondary School Teachers||8,716||0|
|2415||Special Education Teachers||1,721||0|
|2421||University Lecturers and Tutors||5,042||0|
|2512||Medical Imaging Professionals||1,161||<20|
|2514||Optometrists and Orthoptists||1,000||0|
|2519||Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals||1,000||0|
|2521||Chiropractors and Osteopaths||1,000||0|
|2527||Speech Professionals and Audiologists||1,000||0|
|2531||General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers||4,257||<20|
|2533||Internal Medicine Specialists||1,000||<20|
|2539||Other Medical Practitioners||1,168||<20|
|2611||ICT Business and Systems Analysts*||2,273||0|
|2612||Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers||1,000||0|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers*||8,405||0|
|2621||Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists||2,667||0|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals*||2,245||0|
|2633||Telecommunications Engineering Professionals||1,000||76|
|3122||Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1,000||<20|
|3123||Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1,000||<20|
|3132||Telecommunications Technical Specialists||1,000||<20|
|3222||Sheetmetal Trades Workers||1,000||0|
|3223||Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers||4,866||0|
|3232||Metal Fitters and Machinists||6,335||0|
|3233||Precision Metal Trades Workers||1,000||0|
|3311||Bricklayers and Stonemasons||1,712||0|
|3312||Carpenters and Joiners||6,812||0|
|3322||Painting Trades Workers||3,303||0|
|3334||Wall and Floor Tilers||1,000||0|
|3421||Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics||1,581||0|
|3422||Electrical Distribution Trades Workers||1,000||0|
|3423||Electronics Trades Workers||2,047||0|
|3611||Animal Attendants and Trainers||1,239||0|
|3991||Boat Builders and Shipwrights||1,000||0|
|4523||Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials||1,262||0|
*Occupations that are subject to pro rata arrangements. For Accountants (2211) the occupational ceiling also reflects volumes in other skilled visa categories.