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Occupation Ceilings for the 2020-21 Program Year

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.

Occupation Ceilings

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.

What is a Pro-rata Arrangement?

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.

Which visas are affected by the occupation ceilings?

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.

Understanding the changes on occupation ceilings 2020-2021

The Winners

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.

Significant Decrease

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
1331 Construction Managers 7,145 0
1332 Engineering Managers 1,474 0
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
2112 Music Professionals 1,000 0
2121 Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 1,000 0
2211 Accountants* 1,000 0
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* 1,619 0
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1,000 0
2243 Economists 1,000 0
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1,000 0
2247 Management consultant 4,526 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
2333 Electrical Engineers 1,348 98
2334 Electronics Engineers* 1,000 <20
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers* 2,682 48
2336 Mining Engineers 1,000 20
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
2343 Environmental Scientists 1,295 0
2344 Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 1,000 0
2345 Life Scientists 1,000 <20
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,536 0
2347 Veterinarians 1,000 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
2524 Occupational Therapists 1,461 <20
2525 Physiotherapists 1,685 <20
2526 Podiatrists 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
2534 Psychiatrists 1,000 0
2535 Surgeons 1,000 0
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1,168 <20
2541 Midwives 1,333 <20
2544 Registered Nurses 17,859 40
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
2711 Barristers 1,000 0
2713 Solicitors 4,535 0
2723 Psychologists 1,545 <20
2725 Social Workers 1,862 0
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
3211 Automotive Electricians 1,000 0
3212 Motor Mechanics 5,205 0
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
3241 Panelbeaters 1,000 0
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1,712 0
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 6,812 0
3322 Painting Trades Workers 3,303 0
3331 Glaziers 1,000 0
3332 Plasterers 1,452 0
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1,000 0
3341 Plumbers 5,861 0
3411 Electricians 8,021 0
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1,581 0
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1,000 0
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 2,047 0
3513 Chefs 2,256 0
3611 Animal Attendants and Trainers 1,239 0
3941 Cabinetmakers 1,694 0
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1,000 0
4523 Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 1,262 0
4524 Sportspersons 1,000 0

*Occupations that are subject to pro rata arrangements. For Accountants (2211) the occupational ceiling also reflects volumes in other skilled visa categories.

Published Thu 20 August 2020. Tags: , , ,

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