Farm Workers and Similar Workers Added to Regional Occupations Shortage List

Australia’s visa rules have been relaxed in order to assist with serious labour shortages on Australian farms by allowing farm workers to stay longer in Australia and potentially access permanent residency. ‘

From 11 March 2019, cattle farmers, cotton producers, pig and sheep farmers, sugar-cane cultivators and other similar employment classes have been placed on the Regional Occupations List, potentially empowering Australian farming employers to acquire outside workers on a four-year visa that can be renewed several times. This programme also offers the possibility of permanent residency. Deer and goat farmers have likewise been added to the regional list for the first time.

Previously, these occupations were only on the short-term skills shortage list. That status allowed qualified candidates only to a two-year visa which was renewable only once. It also did not offer a pathway to permanent residency. That has now changed with elevation of these occupations to the Regional Occupation List.

The new programme is intended to entice overseas workers to an employer-sponsored work program, which has faced devastating labor shortages over the dry season tormenting large parts of the nation.

A year ago, the Australian government made various changes to the Working Holiday Maker program to give more backpackers a chance to take an interest in the scheme and allow them to remain longer on Australian farms.

Sections of the government have been pushing for a special Agricultural Visa for farmworkers. This decision of the government may be an interim step towards such a visa. Whatever the situation, it is an exciting new opportunity for skilled workers holding such occupations.

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Australia is attracting more of the world’s wealthy migrants than any other country

Australia has topped the rank on the latest 2018 Global Wealth Migration review made by New World Wealth consultancy. The data gathered shows that Australia has attracted a great number of high net worth individuals (HNWI) as migrants than any other country including the US.

The data from 2017 shows that Australia had a net inflow of 10,000 HNWIs, who had net assets of $1.25 million AUD or more. The US on the other hand was only about 9,000 HNWIs. The total wealth held in Australia has risen by 83 per cent in the past ten years compared to US, which is only 20 per cent. Over the decade, an average Australian is now significantly wealthier than an average US citizen.

The most popular places where HNWIs move to are: Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Sunshine Coast, and Perth. Evidently, Australia remains to be an attractive destination to live for HNWIs as its location is a good place for doing business along with the emerging Asian countries surrounding Australia.

Another good factor that HNWIs consider is safety, as Australia is rated as the safest place for women and children. There is no doubt that superior growth of Australia over the past decade also had an impact on HNWI’s confidence for business opportunities.

The report suggests that countries with lower population density has less dependency on other countries for resources and trade. Also, less competition for land and resources within country, lesser waste and pollution.

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Changes to Skilled and Training Visas from 17 January 2018

Effective 17 January 2018, the Australian Government has introduced changes to its lists of eligible skilled occupations. These changes are only applicable to applications lodged on or after 17 January 2018. Changes include occupations being included, removed, and transferred between the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

Individuals who are qualified to work or train in an eligible skilled occupation in Australia and can meet all necessary requirements may potentially apply for the following visas:


Occupations added to the list

Three occupations were added to the STSOL along with their visa conditions.

OccupationANZSCO codeCaveat from 17/1/2018
Property Manager612112Excludes any of the following positions:
• that have a nominated base salary of less than AUD$65,000
• with businesses that have fewer than five employees
• with businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• which are not located in regional Australia – see Eligible Postcodes in Regional Australia.
Real Estate Representative612115Excludes any of the following positions:
• that have a nominated base salary of less than AUD$65,000
• with business that have fewer than five employees
• with businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• which are not located in regional Australia – see Eligible Postcodes in Regional Australia.

Occupations moved between the lists

Only 2 occupations were moved from the STSOL to the MLTSSL. Details of any conditions included with these occupations are provided below. No occupations will be moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL.

OccupationANZSCO codeCaveat from 17/1/2018
Horse Breeder121316Excludes positions that:
• predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or
• are not located in regional Australia – see Eligible Postcodes in Regional Australia.
Management Consultant224711Excludes positions in businesses that:
• have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• in businesses that have fewer than five employees; or
• have a nominated base salary of less than AUD$90,000.

Note: Amended caveat – base salary requirement raised to $90,000.

Occupations removed from the lists

Two occupations were permanently removed from the list of eligible skilled occupations effective from 17 January 2018

OccupationANZSCO code
Building Associate312112
Hair or Beauty Salon Manager142114

Occupations with caveat-only changes

Effective from 17 January 2018, six occupations will have new and/or modified caveats and remain on their existing lists.

OccupationANZSCO codeCaveat from 17/1/2018Explanation of change
Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec.141999Excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia – see Eligible Postcodes in Regional Australia.New caveat
Management Accountant221112Excludes any of the following positions:
• clerical, book keeper and accounting clerk positions
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• positions in business that have fewer than five employees
New caveat
Massage Therapist411611Excludes any of the following positions:
• are not full-time
• are not based in therapeutic setting
• involve the provision of non-medical relaxation massage; or
• are in a retail setting
Caveat amended – clarification of wording only
Recruitment Consultant223112Excludes any of the following positions:
• that have a nominated base salary of less than AUD$90,000
• with businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• with business that have fewer than five employees
Amended caveat – base salary requirement raised to $90,000
Supply and Distribution Manager133611Excludes any of the following positions:
• based in a front-line retail setting
• that predominantly involve direct client transactional interaction on a regular basis;
• with businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M unless they involve an intra-corporate transfer to which an international trade obligation applies;
• that have a nominated base salary of less than AUD$65,000 unless they involve an intra-corporate transfer to which an international trade obligation applies.
Amended caveat – annual turnover requirement does not apply where international trade obligations apply
Taxation Accountant221113Excludes any of the following positions:
• clerical, book keeper and accounting clerk positions
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees
Amended caveat – size of business requirements added

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Miscellaneous changes to expect in relation to certain Australian Visas in 2018

Come March 2018, the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa will replace the existing Subclass 457 visa program. The TSS visa has two categories, namely a Short-Term stream and a Medium-Long Term stream.

The Short-Term stream will allow applicants to stay up to 2 years, and this type of visa is renewable only once. This stream will be using the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

The Medium-Long Term stream on the other hand, will allow applicants to stay for up to 4 years. Visa holders in this stream will be allowed to renew their visas onshore and later may potentially apply for permanent residency, after working for 3 years in Australia. This stream uses the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Additional requirements and tighter regulations will be implemented for both streams:

  • Increased work experience
  • Higher English language levels
  • Mandatory labour market testing
  • Minimum Australian market salary rates
  • Additional character, anti-discrimination, and training.


Changes to both STSOL and MLTSSL in 2018

In April 2017 and again in July 2017, a number of changes to the list of sought-after occupations have been made for both STSOL and MLTSSL. While the MLTSSL may likely remain largely the same, the STSOL which primarily focus on occupations for temporary and short-term visas is likely to receive more changes.

Occupations like Accommodation and Hospitality Managers, Recruitment Consultants, Hair or Beauty Salon Managers to name a few, have been flagged for removal from the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List. On the other hand, University Tutor, Property Manager, Psychotherapist, Real Estate Agent may be added on the list.

Airline Pilots are said to be likely to be included on the Skilled Occupation List in 2018 to address the shortage of pilots in Australia.


Temporary sponsored parent visa

The new temporary sponsored parent visa, which will allow a migrant’s parents to stay in Australia for an extended period has been delayed. The Senate has yet to approve this proposed bill concerning this visa category.

Here are some details on what this visa may look like when it is enacted:

  • The 3-year visa will cost for $5000 AUD, 5-year visa will cost $10,000 AUD, and a 10-year visa will cost $20,000. A single renewal is allowed for another five years at the same price.
  • Each year, 15,000 people will be granted of this visa.
  • Children/Sponsors will be required to pay for their parent’s private health insurance. They will also act as financial guarantor on any extra healthcare costs incurred during their stay in Australia.
  • Visa holders within this category will not be allowed to work.
  • Children/Sponsors need to be Australian citizens, permanent residents, or “Eligible New Zealand citizens”.
  • Visa holders of this category will not be able to reapply beyond the 10 years and would have no pathway to permanent residency.


Changes to the Partner Visa

There are also several proposed changes to the Partner Visa that is expected this 2018. Once the relevant bill is enacted, it will be focusing more on the assessment of sponsors.

  • The sponsorship assessment will be separated from the visa application process.
  • Before making a visa application, sponsors must be approved.
  • Approved sponsors will have legal obligations to their partners.
  • Sanctions may be imposed, if sponsors fail to meet their obligations.
  • Sponsors can be barred from sponsorship in certain circumstances.

The new regulation would involve two-steps:

  1. Lodgement of partner visa sponsorship application, and then
  2. Lodgement of overseas partner visa application. The former must be approved prior to the lodgement of the latter.

For assistance with the above-mentioned visas, our team of experts would be happy to assist you through all the steps involved with the application. Let us help you in fulfilling your ultimate dream.

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Migration Legislation to impose 10-year visa ban for falsification of documents

From 18th November 2017, the Migration Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures No. 4) Regulations 2017 will take effect. This implementation is designed to protect the integrity of the visa framework. The changes in the migration regulations will bar an applicant for 10 years if they have provided false or misleading information in their visa application.

Under the existing regulations, section 4020 of the Public Interest Criterion, targets applicants who supply false documents or information to the Australian Government in the last 12 months before an application is made. This period, however, is now being extended to 10 years prior to the visa application. Further, applicants who allegedly engaged in providing false information to the Immigration Department, Migration Review Tribunal, or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, will be barred from re-applying for a period of 10 years.

Immigration officers will have the discretion to determine whether or not the visa applicant has deliberately provided false documents and applicants who may have accidentally provided incorrect information will not be subjected to refusal of visa grant.

Since 10 years is a lot of time to wait for re-applying for a visa, it is extremely important that information and documents submitted to the Immigration Department are correct and backed up with appropriate evidence, whether you are lodging your visa on your own, or with the help of a registered migration agent.

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DIBP has published the 2016-17 Migration Programme Report

The latest data on the Migration Programme Report for 2016-17 shows that a total of 183,608 permanent visas were granted for that year. The latest figure was 6,400 short from the planned level of 190,000.

A total of 123,567 persons were granted permanent residency visas under skills stream, while a total of 56,220 under family stream.

The following are the major source countries in the migration programme for 2016-17:
1. India – 38,854 places allocated
2. China – 28,293 places allocated
3. United Kingdom – 17,038 places allocated
4. Philippines – 12,209
5. Pakistan – 6,556

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton explained, ‘Our immigration systems are flexible and responsive to the changing needs of our economy and labour market. The skill stream in particular, helps to fill identified skill shortages.’ The Australian government is committed in demonstrating sustainable and responsible migration to enhance its economy.

The Skills stream has focused to help migrants fill Australian skilled labour needs. A further breakdown of the figures shows that:
– Skilled Independent category: 42,422 places
– State and Territory Government Nominated category: 23,765 places
– Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS): 38,052 places
– Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS): 10,198 places
– Skilled Regional category: 1,670 places

The States/Territories that attracted the largest number of migrants were:
• New South Wales with an outcome of 61,470 (33.5 per cent);
• Victoria with 47,549 (25.9 per cent);
• Queensland with 21,519 (11.7 per cent), and
• Western Australia with 18,908 (10.3 per cent).

Full information on the report can be accessed from 2016-17 Migration Programme Report. There are still a lot of visa places to be granted and we are now in a new financial year! Message us now and we’ll help in assessing your qualifications for obtaining a skilled visa.

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Victoria – Skilled Nominated Visas – Changes to skilled applications for engineering and building occupations

Due to a large volume of visa nomination applications received, from 16 October 2017 to 12 January 2018, the State Government of Victoria will not accept visa nomination applications for engineering and building occupations under the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria.

Applicants who hold an offer of employment in Victoria in their nominated occupation or meet the streamlined PhD or 457 pathways are not affected by this closure and may apply for these engineering and building occupations during this time.

The temporary closure affects the following occupations:

ANZSCO CodeOccupation
312112Building Associate
233211Civil Engineer
312211Civil Engineering Draftsperson
233311Electrical Engineer
312311Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
233512Mechanical Engineer
233914Engineering Technologist

All outstanding applications will still be processed, as this temporary closure will reduce the risk of delay for future applicants.

Applications received prior to 16 October 2017 will be assessed against the guidelines that applied at the time of application. An outcome will be provided at the proper time. Meanwhile, applications for all other eligible occupations under the Victorian Government visa nomination remain open.

New criteria for engineering occupations

From 16 October 2017, the following new minimum work experience and specialisation requirements will apply to engineering occupations on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria:

ANZSCO codeOccupationMinimum IELTS (or equivalent) requirementMinimum work experienceSpecialisations and other requirements
233211Civil Engineer7.0 in each bandFive years
312211Civil Engineer Draftsperson7.0 in each bandFive years
233311Electrical Engineer7.0 in each bandFive years
312311Electrical Engineer Draftsperson7.0 in each bandFive years
233512Mechanical Engineer7.0 in each bandFive years
233914Engineering Technologist7.0 in each bandFive years in civil or mechanical engineeringOnly work experience in the civil or mechanical engineering disciplines is eligible

No changes have been made to the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Graduates.

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Updated work and regional postcodes for working holiday visas

An updated legislative instrument has been released to reference the list of specified work and regional postcodes where at least 3 months of work (whilst holding the first working holiday visa), must have been undertaken, in order to be eligible for a second working holiday visa.

If an applicant has previously held no more than one subclass 417 (Working Holiday) visa, the application must be accompanied by a declaration that he or she has carried out specified work in regional Australia for a total of 3 months as a holder of that visa.

The list below shows specified work available:

  1. Plant and animal cultivation:
  • the harvesting and/or packing of fruit and vegetable crops;
  • pruning or trimming vines and trees;
  • general maintenance crop work;
  • cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts;
  • immediate processing of plant products;
  • maintaining animals for the purposes of selling them or their bodily produce, including natural increase;
  • immediate processing of animal products including shearing, butchery, packing and tanning;
  • manufacturing dairy produce from raw material.
  1. Fishing and pearling:
  • conducting operations relating directly to taking or catching fish and other aquatic species;
  • conducting operations relating directly to taking or culturing pearls or pearl shell.
  1. Tree farming and felling:
  • planting or tending trees in a plantation or forest that are intended to be felled;
  • felling trees in a plantation or forest;
  • transporting trees or parts of trees that were felled in a plantation or forest to the place where they are first to be milled or processed, or any other place from which they are to be transported to the place where they are to be milled or processed.
  1. Mining:
  • coal mining;
  • oil and gas extraction;
  • metal ore mining;
  • construction material mining;
  • other non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying;
  • exploration;
  • mining support services.
  1. Construction:
  • residential building construction;
  • non-residential building construction;
  • heavy and civil engineering construction;
  • land development and site preparation services;
  • building structure services;
  • building installation services;
  • building completion services;
  • other construction services.


The following are the regional postcode where a specified work may be undertaken:

  1. The following postcode areas in New South Wales are specified places:
  • 2311 to 2312
  • 2328 to 2411;
  • 2420 to 2490;
  • 2536 to 2551;
  • 2575 to 2594;
  • 2618 to 2739;
  • 2787 to 2898.
  1. Norfolk Island is a specified place.
  2. The Northern Territory is a specified place.
  3. The following postcode areas in Queensland are specified places:
  • 4124 to 4125;
  • 4133;
  • 4211;
  • 4270 to 4272;
  • 4275;
  • 4280;
  • 4285;
  • 4287;
  • 4307 to 4499;
  • 4510;
  • 4512;
  • 4515 to 4519;
  • 4522 to 4899.
  1. The following postcode areas in Victoria are specified places:
  • 3139;
  • 3211 to 3334;
  • 3340 to 3424;
  • 3430 to 3649;
  • 3658 to 3749;
  • 3753;
  • 3756;
  • 3758;
  • 3762;
  • 3764;
  • 3778 to 3781;
  • 3783;
  • 3797;
  • 3799;
  • 3810 to 3909;
  • 3921 to 3925;
  • 3945 to 3974;
  • 3979;
  • 3981 to 3996.
  1. The following postcode areas in Western Australia are specified places:
  • 6041 to 6044;
  • 6055 to 6056;
  • 6069;
  • 6076;
  • 6083 to 6084;
  • 6111;
  • 6121 to 6126;
  • 6200 to 6799.
  1. South Australia is a specified place.
  2. Tasmania is a specified place.

For the time being, the age of eligibility remains at 18 to 30 years old. This visa encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.

When applying for your first Working Holiday visa, you must be offshore when the visa is granted. If you apply for a second Working Holiday visa onshore, you must be in Australia when the visa is granted and if you apply offshore, you must be offshore when the visa is granted.

Australian Visa Law will be happy to give you an advice on how you can apply for a Working Holiday visa. Message us now to get started.

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Update on NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List – 2017-18

From 25 September 2017, the NSW government has updated its Subclass 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List. The NSW government will continue to invite prime ranking candidates in qualified occupations under the updated NSW 190 list. The priority list is being determined using employment data from Commonwealth and State, as well as evidence-supported feedback from the NSW industry.

Occupation ceilings are also being enforced to limit the number of invitations to certain occupations, so as to ensure that allocations are in line with the occupations / skills needed on NSW.

The NSW government invites the highest-ranking candidates on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List (NSW 190 List) first. Here’s an overview of the updated NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List:

ANZSCO CodeNominated OccupationField
133111Construction Project ManagerOther
133211Engineering ManagerOther
134111Child Care Centre ManagerEducation
134212Nursing Clinical DirectorHealth
134214Welfare Centre ManagerHealth
141311Hotel or Motel ManagerTourism & Hospitality
221111Accountant (General)Business & Finance
221112Management AccountantBusiness & Finance
221113Taxation AccountantBusiness & Finance
221213External AuditorBusiness & Finance
221214Internal AuditorBusiness & Finance
224111ActuaryBusiness & Finance
224511Land EconomistOther
232112Landscape ArchitectEngineers
233111Chemical EngineerEngineers
233211Civil EngineerEngineers
233212Geotechnical EngineerEngineers
233213Quantity SurveyorEngineers
233214Structural EngineerEngineers
233215Transport EngineerEngineers
233311Electrical EngineerEngineers
233411Electronics EngineerEngineers
233511Industrial EngineerEngineers
233512Mechanical EngineerEngineers
233513Production or Plant EngineerEngineers
233911Aeronautical EngineerEngineers
233913Biomedical EngineerEngineers
233914Engineering TechnologistEngineers
233915Environmental EngineerEngineers
233916Naval ArchitectEngineers
234112Agricultural ScientistScience
234611Medical Laboratory ScientistScience
241111Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) TeacherEducation
241411Secondary School TeacherEducation
241511Special Needs TeacherEducation
251211Medical Diagnostic RadiographerHealth
251212Medical Radiation TherapistHealth
251213Nuclear Medicine TechnologistHealth
252411Occupational TherapistHealth
253912Emergency Medicine SpecialistHealth
253913Obstetrician and GynaecologistHealth
253917Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologistHealth
253999Medical Practitioners necHealth
254411Nurse PractitionerHealth
254412Registered Nurse (Aged Care)Health
254413Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)Health
254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)Health
254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)Health
254417Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)Health
254418Registered Nurse (Medical)Health
254421Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)Health
254422Registered Nurse (Mental Health)Health
254423Registered Nurse (Perioperative)Health
254424Registered Nurse (Surgical)Health
254425Registered Nurse (Paediatric)Health
254499Registered Nurses necHealth
261111ICT business AnalystICT
261112Systems AnalystICT
261311Analyst ProgrammerICT
261312Developer ProgrammerICT
261313Software EngineerICT
262112ICT Security SpecialistICT
263111Computer Network and Systems EngineerICT
263311Telecommunications EngineerICT
263312Telecommunications Network EngineerICT
271111BarristerBusiness & Finance
271311SolicitorBusiness & Finance
272311Clinical PsychologistSocial & Welfare Professionals
272312Educational PsychologistSocial & Welfare Professionals
272313Organisational PsychologistSocial & Welfare Professionals
272399Psychologists necHealth
272511Social WorkerSocial & Welfare Professionals
312111Architectural DraftspersonEngineers
312211Civil Engineering DraftspersonEngineers
312212Civil Engineering TechnicianEngineers
312311Electrical Engineering DraftspersonEngineers
312312Electrical Engineering TechnicianEngineers
313214Telecommunications Technical Officer or TechnologistICT
321111Automotive ElectricianAutomotive Trades
321211Motor Mechanic (General)Automotive Trades
321212Diesel Motor MechanicAutomotive Trades
321213Motorcycle MechanicAutomotive Trades
321214Small Engine MechanicAutomotive Trades
322211Sheetmetal Trades WorkerMetal Trades
322311Metal FabricatorMetal Trades
322313Welder (First Class)Metal Trades
323211Fitter (General)Metal Trades
323212Fitter and TurnerMetal Trades
323213Fitter-WelderMetal Trades
323214Metal Machinist (First Class)Metal Trades
323313LocksmithMetal Trades
324111Panel BeaterAutomotive Trades
331111BricklayerBuilding Trades
331112StonemasonBuilding Trades
331211Carpenter and JoinerBuilding Trades
331212CarpenterBuilding Trades
331213JoinerBuilding Trades
332211Painting trades workersBuilding Trades
333211Fibrous PlastererBuilding Trades
333212Solid PlastererBuilding Trades
333411Wall and Floor TilerBuilding Trades
334111Plumber (General)Building Trades
334112Airconditioning and Mechanical Services PlumberBuilding Trades
334113DrainerBuilding Trades
334114GasfitterBuilding Trades
334115Roof plumberBuilding Trades
341111Electrician (General)Building Trades
341113Lift MechanicBuilding Trades
342111Airconditioning and Refrigeration MechanicBuilding Trades
342313Electronic Equipment Trades WorkerOther
342314Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)Other
351111BakerTourism & Hospitality
351211Butcher or Smallgoods Maker (excluding the activity of slaughtering animals, or primarily boning, slicing or packaging meat in a non-retail setting.)Other
351311Chef (excludes positions in Fast Food or Takeaway Food Service)Tourism & Hospitality
351411Cook* (excludes positions in Fast Food or Takeaway Food Service) *Must have at least 2 years work experience as Cook in a commercial kitchenTourism & Hospitality
394111CabinetmakerBuilding Trades
411411Enrolled NurseHealth

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SkillSelect Skilled Visa invitations – 20 September 2017 round results

As of 20 September 2017, the following figures set out below show the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round.

Visa SubclassNumber
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)1750
Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489)17

Here’s an overview of the number of invitation issued during 2017-18. These given figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses:

Visa SubclassJulAugSepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJunTotal
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)2000200035007500
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)21025693559

Invitation process and cut offs

Applicants with the highest rank by points score are the first to be invited to apply for the relevant visa. For applicants who have equal points score, their order of invitation is determined as to when they have reached their equal points score required for that subclass. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.

Visa SubclassPoints ScoreVisa date of effect
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)6513/09/2017 12:05AM
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)6019/09/2017 4:07AM

In keeping up with high level of demands from previous year, some occupation groups will be subject to pro rata arrangement to ensure availability of invitations across the programme year. SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189) and then the remaining to Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visas (subclass 489). There will be no more invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in the below occupations, once all places are taken up by subclass 189.

Point scores and the visa dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 6 September 2017 invitation round.

Occupation IDDescriptionPoints scoreVisa date of effect
2211Accountants8515/09/2017 10:37 pm
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers7528/07/2017 10:26 am
2334Electronics Engineer6522/07/2017 03:13 pm
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers6518/02/2017 07:35 pm
2339Other Engineering Professionals7008/09/2017 11:38 am
2611ICT Business and System Analysts7014/06/2017 08:21 pm
2613Software and Applications Programmers6530/03/2017 07:37 pm
2631Computer Network Professionals6521/02/2017 12:03 am


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