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.
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:
|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|
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:
|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|
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%.
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|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers*||8,748||265|
|3312||Carpenters and Joiners||8,536||0|
|2414||Secondary School Teachers||8,052||5|
|3232||Metal Fitters and Machinists||7,007||0|
|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|
|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|
|3421||Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics||1,851||0|
|1342||Health and Welfare Services Managers||1,785||0|
|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|
|3423||Electronics Trades Workers||1,313||<5|
|2539||Other Medical Practitioners||1,250||11|
|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|
|3611||Animal Attendants and Trainers||1,051||0|
|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|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals*||1,000||30|
|2633||Telecommunications Engineering Professionals||1,000||22|
|2331||Chemical and Materials Engineers||1,000||13|
|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|
|1341||Child Care Centre Managers||1,000||0|
|2111||Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers||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|
|2533||Internal Medicine Specialists||1,000||0|
|3123||Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1,000||0|
|3132||Telecommunications Technical Specialists||1,000||0|
|3222||Sheetmetal Trades Workers||1,000||0|
|3233||Precision Metal Trades Workers||1,000||0|
|3422||Electrical Distribution Trades Workers||1,000||0|
|3991||Boat Builders and Shipwrights||1,000||0|
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