SkillSelect Update: July-August 2017

The first 3 SkillSelect invitation rounds for the 2017-18 program year have been very different to last year.

We are seeing fewer invitations issued and a higher points score required for a 189 invitation compared to last year, even though occupation ceilings have increased for a number of key occupations.

This article looks at the last 3 invitation rounds in detail and gives an indication of what to expect in future rounds for the most popular occupations. It also looks at recent statistics for state nominations.

Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Invitations

Compared to the 2016-17 program year, much fewer invitations have been issued so far in 2017-18 for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa.
Only 1,000 189 invitations have been issued each round in July and August 2017 for a total of 3000 invitations so far this program year. After the first 3 rounds of 2016-17, 4,450 invitations were issued – almost 50% more than this year.

Table 1: 189 Invitations – 2016-17 versus 2017-18 Program Year

Round 2016-17 2017-18
Round 1 2,202 1,000
Round 2 848 1,000
Round 3 1,400 1,000
Total 4,450 3,000

The lower than usual invitation numbers along with a large backlog of EOIs in pro rata occupations largely explain the higher than usual points score to receive a 189 invitation – 70 in each round so far. Last year, the number of 189 invitations issued in the beginning of the program year was quite high for each round – 2,202 in Round 1 and 1,400 in Round 3. This had the effect of quickly clearing out the backlog of EOIs.

Immigration’s planning level for 189 invitations remains at 1,000 for the invitation rounds in August, so it appears this year the backlog will remain longer than last year.

Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 – Family Sponsored

More 489 family sponsored invitations have been issued so far compared to last year – 343 versus 300 for last year.
Table 2: 489 Family Sponsored Invitations – 2016-17 versus 2017-18 Program Year

Round 2016-17 2017-18
Round 1 100 110
Round 2 100 110
Round 3 100 123
Total 300 343

Waiting times are very low for the 489 family sponsored stream and 60 points is sufficient to obtain an invitation.

We suspect that pro rata occupations are receiving invitations for 489 family sponsored visas – this was rare last program year.

Non-Pro Rata Occupations

The number of places being issued to non-pro rata occupations is much lower than last year. So far this year, only 475 invitations have been issued in occupations outside the pro rata list. Last year after 3 rounds, 1,515 invitations had been issued in non-pro rata occupations – more than 3 times what we have seen this year.
Table 3: Pro Rata vs Non-Pro Rata Occupations – 2017-18 Program Year

Round Non-Pro Rata Pro Rata Total % Pro Rata
Round 1 144 966 1,110 87%
Round 2 144 966 1,110 87%
Round 3 187 936 1,123 83%
Total 475 2,868 3,343 86%

Table 4: Pro Rata vs Non-Pro Rata Occupations – 2016-17 Program Year

Round Non-Pro Rata Pro Rata Total % Pro Rata
Round 1 547 1,755 2,302 76%
Round 2 557 391 948 41%
Round 3 411 1,089 1,500 73%
Total 1,515 3,235 4,750 68%

Last year, 60 points were sufficient to receive an invitation in a non-pro rata occupation for 189 visas. So far this year, 70 points have been required. This is not surprising given the limited number of places available to such occupations.

The high score for non-pro rata occupations is also driving the minimum scores required for pro rata occupations. It is not possible for pro rata occupations to have a lower required score than non-pro rata occupations. A shortfall in 189 candidates with over 70 points in pro rata occupations might be resulting in 489 family sponsored invitations to reach target invitation numbers.

We are, however, seeing waiting times reduce significantly in the last few rounds for non-pro rata occupations. We expect that the required score for non-pro rata occupations to reduce to 65 points in the next couple of rounds.

Pro Rata Occupations

For pro rata occupations, the number of invitations issued each round appears to be 5% of the occupational ceiling. This will most likely mean that the ceiling for pro rata occupations will fill after 20 rounds (9-10 months).
The lower total number of invitations means that pro rata occupations are making up an higher proportion of total invitations compared to last year. Last year after 3 rounds, invitations in the 6 pro rata occupations made up 68% of total invitations. So far this year, pro rata occupations represent 86% of all invitations issued.

Below is a summary of results for pro rata occupations by occupational category:

Table 5: Number of Invitations by Occupation – 2017-18 Program Year
Occupation Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Non-Pro Rata 144 144 187
Accountants 239 239 239
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 66 66 66
ICT Business and System Analysts 78 78 78
Software and Applications Programmers 310 310 310
Electronics Engineer 50 50 20
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 108 108 108
Other Engineering Professionals 50 50 50
Computer Network Professionals 65 65 65
Total 1,110 1,110 1,123
Table 6: Points Required by Occupation – 2017-18 Program Year
Occupation Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
189 – Non-Pro Rata 70 70 70
489 Family – Non-Pro Rata 60 60 60
Accountants 75 75 75
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 75 75 75
ICT Business and System Analysts 75 75 70
Software and Applications Programmers 70 70 70
Electronics Engineer 70 70 70
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 70 70 70
Other Engineering Professionals 70 70 70
Table 7: Waiting Times by Occupation – 2017-18 Program Year
Occupation Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
189 – Non-Pro Rata 4 2 1
489 Family – Non-Pro Rata 0 0 0
Accountants 13 8.6 6.6
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 15.1 11.6 10.1
ICT Business and System Analysts 6 0.1 16.9
Software and Applications Programmers 11.4 4.7 0.7
Electronics Engineer 3.7 1.7 0.6
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 3.7 1.6 1
Other Engineering Professionals 14 7 4
Computer Network Professionals 14.3 4.1 0.6

Accountants and Auditors

So far this year, 75 points have been required for an invitation as an accountant or auditor.
Waiting times have been reducing but are still over 6 weeks for accountants and over 10 weeks for auditors with a score of 75. Whilst the occupation ceiling has increased significantly for accountants for the 2017-18 year, we expect that the required score will remain at 75 for a few more rounds for these occupations.

IT Professionals

The required score for all IT occupations has been 70 so far this year, apart from ICT Business and System Analysts. For ICT Business and System Analysts, the required score was initially 75 but has reduced to 70 in the latest round.
Waiting times for Software and Applications Programmers and Computer Network Professionals are now under 1 week, so we expect to see the required scores for these occupations drop to 65 in the next round or two.

The occupation of ICT Security Specialist is not on the pro rata list. The ceiling of 2,391 for the occupation is quite generous so it is possible that the occupation may not be pro rata this year.


Engineers require 70 points for the first three rounds of 2017-18. In terms of pro rata occupations, waiting times for Electronics Engineers and Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers are now under 1 week, so we expect these occupations to reduce to 65 points in the next few rounds.
Other Engineering Professionals still have a waiting time of over 4 weeks, so this occupation may require 70 points for a few more rounds.

State Nomination

State nomination numbers for July 2017 are available. Insights from these are as follows:
ACT: small number of 190 nominations approved.
NSW: large number of 489 nominations approved, but only a small number of 190 nominations. NSW has not yet released its state migration program, so we expect 190 nominations increase in number after this
Northern Territory: nominations for both 190 and 489 visas being issued. Still to update their state migration plan
Queensland: very large number of 190 and 489 nominations being issued
South Australia: large number of 489 nominations being issued compared to 190. Last year, there were about 50% more 190 nominations were issued as compared to 489, so suggests a change in policy by SA
Tasmania: large number of nominations. More 489 than 190 but that is consistent with last year
Victoria: very large number of 190 nominations issued – no 489 nominations.
Western Australia: zero state nominations issued – consistent with WA tightening their program after the recent state election

Table 8: State Nominations by Visa Type and State – July 2017
Visa subclass 190 489
ACT 14 0
NSW 9 63
NT 19 14
Qld 96 26
SA 66 314
Tas. 30 58
Vic. 185 0
WA 0 0
Total 419 475
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General Skilled Migration Update August 2017

The article looks at recent developments in General Skilled Migration such as:

Policy change for Graduate Diplomas in meeting the 2-year study requirement
Processing times
State Nomination Update
Occupational Ceilings/SkillSelect Update
Graduate Diplomas – Policy Change for 2-Year Study Requirement

The Australian Study Requirement (usually referred to as the 2-Year Study Requirement) is relevant for the following visas:
Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 visas
General Skilled Migration – awarding points for Australian study
Postgraduate Diplomas are listed in the Migration Regulations as being an eligible qualification in assessing the 2-year study requirement. Whilst they are not eligible qualifications for the 485 Post Study Work Stream, it has previously been possible to use them for the points test and applying for the 485 Graduate Work Stream.
The Department of Immigration policy document for the 2-year study requirement was recently updated, and it indicates that a Graduate Diploma would not count towards the Australian Study requirement.

If you are completing a Graduate Diploma you must be aware that your eligibility may be affected.

Policy would appear to be in conflict with the Migration Regulations in this matter, and you may need some professional assistance in establishing that you meet the Australian Study Requirement.

Occupation Ceiling and SkillSelect Update

The Occupation Ceilings for General Skilled Migration were released by the Department of Immigration on 3 August and were revised on 7 August.
Last year, the Department initially gave an increased occupation ceiling for accountants which was then hastily revised downwards to 2,500. This year, the ceiling has increased significantly (to 4785 places). Thus far, the ceiling has not been revised downwards, so the situation looks positive for accountants for the time being at least.

We now have a ceiling number for ANZSCO 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists. This will be good news for ICT Security specialists with an allocation of 2391 places for 2017-18.

We now have statistics for the 12 July and 26 July invitation rounds. Required points for all occupations remain high (70 points minimum for a 189 invitation, with some occupations requiring 75). However, we see waiting times reducing, which suggests that Immigration is working through a backlog of EOIs with 70 or more points and that required points for 189 invitations will reduce over time.

We can see that about 10% of the occupation ceiling was used up for pro rata occupations, which suggests that Immigration may be allocating up to 5% of the ceiling for these occupations each invitation round.

The table below summarises the following for pro rata occupations:

Points required for the two invitation rounds in July 2017
Points required in the 2016-17 program year
Percentage change in the occupation ceiling between 2016-17 and 2017-18
Likely points required for a 189 invitation in the 2017-18 program year
Whilst it is impossible to give any certainty on the points required for an invitation, we have made a prediction based on the occupation ceilings and number of EOI lodgements remaining stable.

Occupation July 2017 Points 2016-17 Points Change in Ceiling 2017-18 Prognosis
2211 Accountants 75 70 91.4% Increase Points required likely to reduce to 70 or 65
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 75 70 6.1% Decrease Points likely to be 70-75 for 2017-18
2334 Electronics Engineers 70 65 No Change Points likely to reduce to 65
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 70 60-65 41.5% Increase Points likely to reduce to 65
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 70 60-65 No Change Likely to reduce to 65
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts 75 65 6.2% Increase Likely to reduce to 70 or 65 points
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 70 65 9.5% Increase Likely to reduce to 65 points
2631 Computer Network Professionals 70 60-65 7.6% Decrease Likely to reduce to 65 points

Processing times have been updated and for General Skilled Migration, the Department of Immigration is indicating a processing time of 6-11 months. This is longer than was previously the case, but allocation dates would seem to indicate that applications are being allocated quite quickly. It appears that processing itself has slowed down, and this is possibly due to numbers for the 2016-17 filling early:

Application Type 75% finalised within 90% finalised within
Skilled Independent Subclass 189 8 months 11 months
Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 9 months 13 months
489 – State Nominated 8 months 14 months
489 – Family Sponsored 6 months 9 months
485 – Post-Study Work 79 days 4 months
485 – Graduate Work 4 months 4 months

State Migration Plans Updated for Most States and Territories

All states and territories have now updated their State Migration Plans for the 2017-18 program year, apart from NSW and NT.

Tasmania is one of the best states for state nomination, but will be increasing their requirements in the coming months (for instance, amount of time required to work or study in Tasmania).

West Australia is one of the more difficult states as their list is quite limited and minimum work experience and job offer requirements apply.

New Occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 Program Year

The Department of Immigration has released the occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 Program Year.
There have been increases in the occupation ceiling for the following pro rata occupations – it is quite possible that the required points score will reduce compared to the 2016-17 program year:
Accountants: Increased by 2285 places to 4785
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers: Increased by 639 places to 2178
Software and Applications Programmers: Increased by 540 places to 6202
ICT Business and Systems Analysts: Increased by 92 places to 1574
The following occupations had a reduced occupation ceiling – as a result the required points or waiting times may increase:
Computer Network Professionals: Decreased by 108 places to 1318
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers: Decreased by 86 places to 1327

Accountant at 75 points and Mech at 70 points

Summary of 1 July Changes 2017

A number of changes to Working Holiday, General Skilled Migration and Employer Sponsored visas have been announced as part of the 1 July changes.

This article goes through these changes and gives brief explanations of the impacts.

General Skilled Migration

From 1 July, all applicants for General Skilled Migration must be under 45 at the date of invitation. Previously, legislation was released which amended the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa, but it is now clear that this will also be the case for Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visas and Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visas.
New skilled occupations lists also apply for people invited on or after 1 July 2017 – one for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 or Family Sponsored 489 visas, and a separate one for State/Territory Nominated Subclass 190 or 489 visas.

Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visas

There were a number of 1 July changes to 457 visas including:
Training Benchmarks: more restrictions on which training is acceptable for 457 sponsorships and ENS nominations, as well as calculation of payroll expenditure for these benchmarks
New 457 Occupations List: a new occupations list applies to 457 visas with many occupations added back the approved list. A few have been removed entirely from the approved lists, with a number of occupations moving between the MLTSSL and the STSOL.
English Language Exemption: previously, applicants with base salary of $96,400 were exempt from English language testing. From 1 July, the high salary exemption will only apply where the applicant is already working for an associated entity of the sponsor overseas
Skills Assessment for trade occupations: formal skills assessment will be required for more trades and passport countries
Police Clearances: police clearances will be required for 457 applications lodged on or after 1 July 2017
Accredited Sponsorship Expanded: accreditation gives priority processing to 457 nominations and visas. Previously, it was only available for “high volume” sponsors who lodged at least 10 457 visas in the last 2 years. From 1 July, “low volume” sponsors will also be able to be accredited providing they have minimum turnover of AUD 4 million and have at least 90% Australian staff
Permanent Employer Sponsorship (ENS and RSMS)

For the Direct Entry Stream of ENS and RSMS, the following changes were made:
New occupations list for ENS Direct Entry – the RSMS list is essentially unchanged
Maximum age of 44 for applications lodged on or after 1 July 2017
Removal of English testing and skills exemption for people with a base salary of at least $180,000 – this change affects applications lodged on or after 1 July 2017, or prior to this if they are still undecided
For the Temporary Residence Transition Stream (TRTS), the changes were:
Higher English requirement: Competent English is required for applications lodged on or after 1 July – this is the same as for the Direct Entry stream
Genuine Position: Employers must now show that there is a genuine need for a paid employee in the position – similar to the Direct Entry stream
Fee Increases

Department of Immigration fees were increased by 2% for most application types. This affects the first Visa Application Charge for both the main applicant and any dependent family members. The Acacia Immigration Fee Calculator has been updated to reflect the new fees.
Working Holiday Visa Age Limit

The maximum possible age for the working holiday visa at grant was raised from 30 to 35 years. This will only be available for countries which have a bilateral agreement with Australia to this effect. There are no countries as yet specified with the higher age limit.

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Skilled Occupations Lists for 2017-18 Released

The Skilled Occupations lists for the 2017-18 program year have been released. This article explains how the new lists work and which occupations have been added and removed.
General Skilled Migration

Prior to 1 July, a single MLTSSL applied to both Employer Sponsored and General Skilled Migration programs, and also a single STSOL.
However, the lists are different between the two programs from 1 July and are best thought of as:

IFSOL: Occupations for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visas and Family Sponsored Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visas – we refer to this as the IFSOL (Independent and Family Sponsored Occupations List) in the table below.
STNOL: Occupations for state and territory nominated 190 and 489 visas – referred to as the STNOL below (State/Territory Nominated Occupations List).
IFSOL and STNOL are not terms used in the Legislative Instruments, but are useful in understanding which lists apply to particular visa pathways.
6 occupations have been removed from the list for Skilled Independent and family sponsored 489 visas as compared to the pre 1 July MLTSSL. Removed occupations include Sea Transport Professionals and Psychotherapists (removed entirely) and the occupations of Production Manager (Mining) and Anaesthetists which are still available for State/Territory Nomination.

13 occupations have been removed from the approved lists entirely – these include Senior Managers, Statisticians, Economists, Mining Engineers, Engineering Professionals NEC and Chemists.

16 occupations have been added to the State/Territory Nominated list which were not previously available – these include Air Transport Professionals, ICT Support Staff, Butchers and Retail Buyers.

Employer Sponsored Visas

The 457 visa and the ENS Direct Entry Stream share the same occupations list. The list is split into MLTSSL occupations and STSOL occupations. MLTSSL occupations result in a 457 visa valid for up to 4 years, whereas the maximum duration of a 457 visa in an STSOL occupation is only 2 years.
In the table below, these occupations are listed under the ESOL (Employer Sponsored Occupations List) column and we have indicated whether they are on the MLTSSL or STSOL.

Compared to the lists prior to 1 July, 18 occupations have been removed entirely – these include marine transport professionals, psychotherapists, medical administrators and property associate professionals.

27 occupations have been added to the approved lists including R&D Managers, life scientists, air transport professionals, ICT Support roles, butchers, Music professionals, metallurgists and horse trainers.

22 occupations have been moved from the STSOL to the MLTSSL including senior management positions, environmental scientists and university lecturers. 2 occupations have moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL.

Caveats which previously applied only to 457 visa applications will now apply to ENS Direct entry applications as well – these may specify the type of business, nature of the role or minimum salary required for approval.

Skilled Occupations Lists from 1 July 2017
Chief Executive or Managing Director – ANZSCO 111111 MLTSSL
Corporate General Manager – ANZSCO 111211 MLTSSL
Aquaculture Farmer – ANZSCO 121111 STSOL
Cotton Grower – ANZSCO 121211 STSOL
Flower Grower – ANZSCO 121212 STSOL
Fruit or Nut Grower – ANZSCO 121213 STSOL
Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus) / Field Crop Grower (NZ) – ANZSCO 121214 STSOL
Grape Grower – ANZSCO 121215 STSOL
Mixed Crop Farmer – ANZSCO 121216 STSOL
Sugar Cane Grower – ANZSCO 121217 STSOL
Vegetable Grower (Aus) / Market Gardener (NZ) – ANZSCO 121221 STSOL
Crop Farmers nec – ANZSCO 121299 STSOL
Apiarist – ANZSCO 121311 STSOL
Beef Cattle Farmer – ANZSCO 121312 STSOL
Dairy Cattle Farmer – ANZSCO 121313 STSOL
Horse Breeder – ANZSCO 121316 STSOL
Mixed Livestock Farmer – ANZSCO 121317 STSOL
Pig Farmer – ANZSCO 121318 STSOL
Poultry Farmer – ANZSCO 121321 STSOL
Sheep Farmer – ANZSCO 121322 STSOL
Livestock Farmers nec – ANZSCO 121399 STSOL
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer – ANZSCO 121411 STSOL
Sales and Marketing Manager – ANZSCO 131112 STSOL STSOL
Advertising Manager – ANZSCO 131113 STSOL STSOL
Corporate Services Manager – ANZSCO 132111 STSOL STSOL
Finance Manager – ANZSCO 132211 STSOL STSOL
Human Resource Manager – ANZSCO 132311 STSOL STSOL
Research and Development Manager – ANZSCO 132511 STSOL STSOL
Construction Project Manager – ANZSCO 133111 STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
Project Builder – ANZSCO 133112 IFSOL
Engineering Manager – ANZSCO 133211 STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
Manufacturer – ANZSCO 133411 STNOL STNOL
Production Manager (Forestry) – ANZSCO 133511 STNOL
133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing) STNOL STSOL
133513 Production Manager (Mining) STNOL STSOL
Supply and Distribution Manager – ANZSCO 133611 STNOL STSOL
Child Care Centre Manager – ANZSCO 134111 STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
Medical Administrator (Aus) / Medical Superintendent (NZ) – ANZSCO 134211 IFSOL
Nursing Clinical Director – ANZSCO 134212 STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
Primary Health Organisation Manager – ANZSCO 134213 STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
Welfare Centre Manager – ANZSCO 134214 STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
Health and Welfare Services Managers nec – ANZSCO 134299 STNOL STSOL
School Principal – ANZSCO 134311 STNOL STSOL
Faculty Head – ANZSCO 134411 MLTSSL
Education Managers nec – ANZSCO 134499 STNOL STSOL
Chief Information Officer – ANZSCO 135111 MLTSSL
ICT Project Manager – ANZSCO 135112 STNOL STSOL
ICT Managers nec – ANZSCO 135199 STNOL STSOL
Arts Administrator or Manager – ANZSCO 139911 STNOL STSOL
Environmental Manager – ANZSCO 139912 MLTSSL
Laboratory Manager – ANZSCO 139913 STNOL STSOL
Quality Assurance Manager – ANZSCO 139914 STNOL STSOL
Specialist Managers nec – ANZSCO 139999 STNOL STSOL
Cafe or Restaurant Manager – ANZSCO 141111 STNOL STSOL
Hotel or Motel Manager – ANZSCO 141311 STNOL STSOL
Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec – ANZSCO 141999 STNOL STSOL
Hair or Beauty Salon Manager – ANZSCO 142114 STNOL STSOL
Post Office Manager – ANZSCO 142115 STNOL STSOL
Fitness Centre Manager – ANZSCO 149112 STNOL STSOL
Sports Centre Manager – ANZSCO 149113 STNOL STSOL
Customer Service Manager – ANZSCO 149212 STNOL STSOL
Conference and Event Organiser – ANZSCO 149311 STNOL STSOL
Transport Company Manager – ANZSCO 149413 STNOL STSOL
149913 Facilities Manager STNOL STSOL
211112 Dancer or Choreographer STNOL STSOL
211212 Music Director STNOL STSOL
211213 Musician (Instrumental) MLTSSL
211299 Music Professionals nec STNOL STSOL
211311 Photographer STNOL STSOL
211499 Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals nec STNOL STSOL
212111 Artistic Director STNOL STSOL
212212 Book or Script Editor STNOL STSOL
212312 Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) STNOL STSOL
212314 Film and Video Editor STNOL STSOL
212315 Program Director (Television or Radio) STNOL STSOL
212316 Stage Manager STNOL STSOL
212317 Technical Director STNOL STSOL
212318 Video Producer STNOL STSOL
212411 Copywriter STNOL STSOL
212412 Newspaper or Periodical Editor STNOL STSOL
212413 Print Journalist STNOL STSOL
212415 Technical Writer STNOL STSOL
212416 Television Journalist STNOL STSOL
212499 Journalists and Other Writers nec STNOL STSOL
221111 Accountant (General) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
221112 Management Accountant STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
221113 Taxation Accountant STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
221211 Company Secretary STNOL STSOL
221213 External Auditor STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
221214 Internal Auditor STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
222111 Commodities Trader STNOL STSOL
222112 Finance Broker STNOL STSOL
222113 Insurance Broker STNOL STSOL
222199 Financial Brokers nec STNOL STSOL
222211 Financial Market Dealer STNOL STSOL
222213 Stockbroking Dealer STNOL STSOL
222299 Financial Dealers nec STNOL STSOL
222311 Financial Investment Adviser STNOL STSOL
222312 Financial Investment Manager STNOL STSOL
223112 Recruitment Consultant STNOL STSOL
223211 ICT Trainer STNOL STSOL
224112 Mathematician STNOL STSOL
224113 Statistician MLTSSL
224212 Gallery or Museum Curator STNOL STSOL
224213 Health Information Manager STNOL STSOL
224214 Records Manager STNOL STSOL
224311 Economist MLTSSL
224511 Land Economist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
224611 Librarian STNOL STSOL
224711 Management Consultant STNOL STSOL
224712 Organisation and Methods Analyst STNOL STSOL
224914 Patents Examiner STNOL STSOL
224999 Information and Organisation Professionals nec STNOL STSOL
225111 Advertising Specialist STNOL STSOL
225113 Marketing Specialist STNOL STSOL
225211 ICT Account Manager STNOL STSOL
225212 ICT Business Development Manager STNOL STSOL
225213 ICT Sales Representative STNOL STSOL
225311 Public Relations Professional STNOL STSOL
225499 Technical Sales Representatives nec STNOL STSOL
231111 Aeroplane Pilot STNOL STSOL
231113 Flying Instructor STNOL STSOL
231114 Helicopter Pilot STNOL STSOL
232111 Architect STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
232112 Landscape Architect STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
232212 Surveyor STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
232213 Cartographer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
232214 Other Spatial Scientist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
232311 Fashion Designer STNOL STSOL
232312 Industrial Designer STNOL STSOL
232313 Jewellery Designer STNOL STSOL
232411 Graphic Designer STNOL STSOL
232412 Illustrator STNOL STSOL
232414 Web Designer STNOL STSOL
232511 Interior Designer STNOL STSOL
232611 Urban and Regional Planner STNOL STSOL
233111 Chemical Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233112 Materials Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233211 Civil Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233212 Geotechnical Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233213 Quantity Surveyor STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233214 Structural Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233215 Transport Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233311 Electrical Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233411 Electronics Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233511 Industrial Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233512 Mechanical Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233513 Production or Plant Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233611 Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) MLTSSL
233612 Petroleum Engineer MLTSSL
233911 Aeronautical Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233912 Agricultural Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233913 Biomedical Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233914 Engineering Technologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233915 Environmental Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233916 Naval Architect (Aus) / Marine Designer (NZ) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
233999 Engineering Professionals nec MLTSSL
234111 Agricultural Consultant STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
234112 Agricultural Scientist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
234113 Forester (Aus) / Forest Scientist (NZ) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
234211 Chemist MLTSSL
234212 Food Technologist MLTSSL
234213 Wine Maker STSOL
234312 Environmental Consultant MLTSSL
234313 Environmental Research Scientist MLTSSL
234399 Environmental Scientists nec MLTSSL
234411 Geologist STNOL STSOL
234412 Geophysicist MLTSSL
234413 Hydrogeologist MLTSSL
234511 Life Scientist (General) MLTSSL
234513 Biochemist MLTSSL
234514 Biotechnologist MLTSSL
234515 Botanist MLTSSL
234516 Marine Biologist MLTSSL
234517 Microbiologist MLTSSL
234518 Zoologist MLTSSL
234599 Life Scientists nec MLTSSL
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
234711 Veterinarian STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
234911 Conservator MLTSSL
234912 Metallurgist MLTSSL
234913 Meteorologist MLTSSL
234914 Physicist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
234999 Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec MLTSSL
241111 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
241213 Primary School Teacher STNOL STSOL
241311 Middle School Teacher (Aus) Intermediate School Teacher (NZ) STNOL STSOL
241411 Secondary School Teacher STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
241511 Special Needs Teacher STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
241512 Teacher of the Hearing Impaired STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
241513 Teacher of the Sight Impaired STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
241599 Special Education Teachers nec STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
242111 University Lecturer MLTSSL
249111 Education Adviser STNOL STSOL
249211 Art Teacher (Private Tuition) STNOL STSOL
249212 Dance Teacher (Private Tuition) STNOL STSOL
249214 Music Teacher (Private Tuition) STNOL STSOL
249299 Private Tutors and Teachers nec STNOL STSOL
249311 Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages STNOL STSOL
251111 Dietitian STNOL STSOL
251112 Nutritionist STNOL STSOL
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
251212 Medical Radiation Therapist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
251213 Nuclear Medicine Technologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
251214 Sonographer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
251312 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser STNOL STSOL
251411 Optometrist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
251412 Orthoptist STNOL STSOL
251511 Hospital Pharmacist STNOL STSOL
251512 Industrial Pharmacist STNOL STSOL
251513 Retail Pharmacist STNOL STSOL
251911 Health Promotion Officer STNOL STSOL
251912 Orthotist or Prosthetist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
251999 Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals nec STNOL STSOL
252111 Chiropractor STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
252112 Osteopath STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
252211 Acupuncturist STNOL STSOL
252213 Naturopath STNOL STSOL
252214 Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner STNOL STSOL
252299 Complementary Health Therapists nec STNOL STSOL
252311 Dental Specialist STNOL STSOL
252312 Dentist STNOL STSOL
252411 Occupational Therapist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
252511 Physiotherapist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
252611 Podiatrist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
252711 Audiologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
252712 Speech Pathologist (Aus) / Speech Language Therapist (NZ) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253111 General Practitioner STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253112 Resident Medical Officer STNOL STSOL
253211 Anaesthetist STNOL STSOL
253311 Specialist Physician (General Medicine) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253312 Cardiologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253313 Clinical Haematologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253314 Medical Oncologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253315 Endocrinologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253316 Gastroenterologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253317 Intensive Care Specialist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253318 Neurologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253321 Paediatrician STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253322 Renal Medicine Specialist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253323 Rheumatologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253324 Thoracic Medicine Specialist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253399 Specialist Physicians nec STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253411 Psychiatrist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253511 Surgeon (General) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253512 Cardiothoracic Surgeon STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253513 Neurosurgeon STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253514 Orthopaedic Surgeon STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253515 Otorhinolaryngologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253516 Paediatric Surgeon STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253517 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253518 Urologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253521 Vascular Surgeon STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253911 Dermatologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253912 Emergency Medicine Specialist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253914 Ophthalmologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253915 Pathologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253917 Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253918 Radiation Oncologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
253999 Medical Practitioners nec STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
254211 Nurse Educator STNOL STSOL
254212 Nurse Researcher STNOL STSOL
254311 Nurse Manager STNOL STSOL
254411 Nurse Practitioner STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
254413 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
254416 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
254418 Registered Nurse (Medical) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
254499 Registered Nurses nec STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
261111 ICT Business Analyst STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
261112 Systems Analyst STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
261211 Multimedia Specialist MLTSSL
261212 Web Developer STNOL STSOL
261311 Analyst Programmer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
261312 Developer Programmer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
261313 Software Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
261314 Software Tester STNOL STSOL
261399 Software and Applications Programmers nec MLTSSL
262111 Database Administrator STNOL STSOL
262112 ICT Security Specialist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
262113 Systems Administrator STNOL STSOL
263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
263112 Network Administrator STNOL STSOL
263113 Network Analyst STNOL STSOL
263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer STNOL STSOL
263212 ICT Support Engineer STNOL STSOL
263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer STNOL STSOL
263299 ICT Support and Test Engineers nec STNOL STSOL
263311 Telecommunications Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
263312 Telecommunications Network Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
271111 Barrister STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
271299 Judicial and Other Legal Professionals nec STNOL STSOL
271311 Solicitor STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
272111 Careers Counsellor STNOL STSOL
272112 Drug and Alcohol Counsellor STNOL STSOL
272113 Family and Marriage Counsellor STNOL STSOL
272114 Rehabilitation Counsellor STNOL STSOL
272115 Student Counsellor STNOL STSOL
272199 Counsellors nec STNOL STSOL
272311 Clinical Psychologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
272312 Educational Psychologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
272313 Organisational Psychologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
272399 Psychologists nec STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
272412 Interpreter STNOL STSOL
272499 Social Professionals nec STNOL STSOL
272511 Social Worker STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
272612 Recreation Officer (Aus) / Recreation Coordinator (NZ) STNOL STSOL
272613 Welfare Worker STNOL STSOL
311111 Agricultural Technician STSOL
311211 Anaesthetic Technician STNOL STSOL
311212 Cardiac Technician STNOL STSOL
311213 Medical Laboratory Technician STNOL STSOL
311215 Pharmacy Technician STNOL STSOL
311299 Medical Technicians nec STNOL STSOL
311312 Meat Inspector STNOL STSOL
311399 Primary Products Inspectors nec STSOL
311411 Chemistry Technician STNOL STSOL
311412 Earth Science Technician STNOL STSOL
311413 Life Science Technician STNOL STSOL
311499 Science Technicians nec STNOL STSOL
312111 Architectural Draftsperson STNOL STSOL
312112 Building Associate STNOL STSOL
312113 Building Inspector STNOL STSOL
312199 Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians nec STNOL STSOL
312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
312212 Civil Engineering Technician STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
312312 Electrical Engineering Technician STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
312512 Mechanical Engineering Technician STNOL STSOL
312912 Metallurgical or Materials Technician STNOL STSOL
312913 Mine Deputy STNOL STSOL
313111 Hardware Technician STNOL STSOL
313112 ICT Customer Support Officer STNOL STSOL
313113 Web Administrator STNOL STSOL
313199 ICT Support Technicians nec STNOL STSOL
313211 Radiocommunications Technician STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
313212 Telecommunications Field Engineer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
313213 Telecommunications Network Planner IFSOL
313214 Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
321111 Automotive Electrician STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
321211 Motor Mechanic (General) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
321213 Motorcycle Mechanic STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
321214 Small Engine Mechanic STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
322113 Farrier STNOL STSOL
322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
322311 Metal Fabricator STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
322312 Pressure Welder IFSOL
322313 Welder (First Class) (Aus) / Welder (NZ) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
323111 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) STNOL STSOL
323112 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) STNOL STSOL
323113 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures) STNOL STSOL
323211 Fitter (General) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
323212 Fitter and Turner STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
323213 Fitter-Welder STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
323214 Metal Machinist (First Class) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
323215 Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic STNOL STSOL
323299 Metal Fitters and Machinists nec STNOL STSOL
323313 Locksmith STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
323314 Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer STNOL STSOL
323316 Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer STNOL STSOL
323412 Toolmaker STNOL STSOL
324111 Panelbeater STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
324211 Vehicle Body Builder STNOL STSOL
324212 Vehicle Trimmer STNOL STSOL
331111 Bricklayer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
331112 Stonemason STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
331211 Carpenter and Joiner STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
331212 Carpenter STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
332211 Painting Trades Worker STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
333211 Fibrous Plasterer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
333212 Solid Plasterer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
333311 Roof Tiler STNOL STSOL
333411 Wall and Floor Tiler STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
334111 Plumber (General) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
334112 Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
334113 Drainer (Aus) / Drainlayer (NZ) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
334114 Gasfitter STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
334115 Roof Plumber STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
341111 Electrician (General) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
341112 Electrician (Special Class) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
341113 Lift Mechanic STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
342111 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
342211 Electrical Linesworker (Aus) / Electrical Line Mechanic (NZ) IFSOL
342212 Technical Cable Jointer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
342311 Business Machine Mechanic STNOL STSOL
342313 Electronic Equipment Trades Worker STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
342314 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
342315 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class) STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
342411 Cabler (Data and Telecommunications) STNOL STSOL
342413 Telecommunications Linesworker (Aus) / Telecommunications Line Mechanic (NZ) STNOL STSOL
351111 Baker STNOL STSOL
351112 Pastrycook STNOL STSOL
351211 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker STNOL STSOL
351411 Cook STNOL STSOL
361111 Dog Trainer or Handler STNOL STSOL
361112 Horse Trainer MLTSSL
361199 Animal Attendants and Trainers nec STNOL STSOL
361311 Veterinary Nurse STNOL STSOL
362111 Florist STNOL STSOL
362211 Gardener (General) STNOL STSOL
362212 Arborist STNOL STSOL
362213 Landscape Gardener STNOL STSOL
362311 Greenkeeper STNOL STSOL
391111 Hairdresser STNOL STSOL
392111 Print Finisher STNOL STSOL
392311 Printing Machinist STNOL STSOL
393213 Dressmaker or Tailor STNOL STSOL
393311 Upholsterer STNOL STSOL
394111 Cabinetmaker STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
394211 Furniture Finisher STNOL STSOL
394213 Wood Machinist STNOL STSOL
394299 Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers nec STNOL STSOL
399111 Boat Builder and Repairer STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
399112 Shipwright STNOL IFSOL MLTSSL
399211 Chemical Plant Operator STNOL STSOL
399213 Power Generation Plant Operator STNOL STSOL
399312 Library Technician STNOL STSOL
399411 Jeweller STNOL STSOL
399512 Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video) STNOL STSOL
399514 Make Up Artist STNOL STSOL
399516 Sound Technician STNOL STSOL
399599 Performing Arts Technicians nec STNOL STSOL
399611 Signwriter STNOL STSOL
411111 Ambulance Officer STNOL STSOL
411112 Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic (Aus) / Ambulance Paramedic (NZ) STNOL STSOL
411213 Dental Technician STNOL STSOL
411311 Diversional Therapist STNOL STSOL
411411 Enrolled Nurse STNOL STSOL
411611 Massage Therapist STNOL STSOL
411711 Community Worker STNOL STSOL
411712 Disabilities Services Officer STNOL STSOL
411713 Family Support Worker STNOL STSOL
411715 Residential Care Officer STNOL STSOL
411716 Youth Worker STNOL STSOL
452311 Diving Instructor (Open Water) STNOL STSOL
452312 Gymnastics Coach or Instructor STNOL STSOL
452313 Horse Riding Coach or Instructor STNOL STSOL
452314 Snowsport Instructor STNOL STSOL
452315 Swimming Coach or Instructor STNOL STSOL
452316 Tennis Coach STNOL STSOL
452317 Other Sports Coach or Instructor STNOL STSOL
452321 Sports Development Officer STNOL STSOL
452411 Footballer STNOL STSOL
452499 Sportspersons nec STNOL STSOL
511111 Contract Administrator STNOL STSOL
511112 Program or Project Administrator STNOL STSOL
599612 Insurance Loss Adjuster STNOL STSOL
611211 Insurance Agent STNOL STSOL
639211 Retail Buyer STNOL STSOL
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General Skilled Migration Changes from 1 July 2017

1 July will see a number of changes to the General Skilled Migration program – for instance:

The maximum age for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa will be reduced from 49 to 44
A new permanent residence pathway for NZ citizens will be introduced
The skilled occupations lists are likely to be reviewed
Occupational ceilings will be released
State Migration Plans will reopen
This article goes through each of these changes and explains the likely consequences for applicants.

Changes to Age Limit for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visas

The maximum age for General Skilled Migration is currently 49. For the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa, this will be reduced to 44 from 1 July.
At this stage, none of the following visa types will be affected by the change:

Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 – maximum age 49
Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 – maximum age 49
The new NZ Citizen stream of subclass 189 – no age limit
According to Department of Immigration figures, only around 1% of applicants for the 189 subclass are between 45 and 49 at present. Whilst the overall impact on program numbers is small, for people between 45 and 49 the effect will be significant because the age limit for permanent employer sponsored is also being reduced to 44.

NZ Citizen Pathway

A permanent residence pathway for New Zealand citizens who have lived and worked in Australia for at least 5 years will be introduced from 1 July 2017.
The pathway will be implemented as a stream within the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa. The NZ citizen stream will be significantly easier to qualify for than the traditional 189 subclass, and in particular:

No skills assessment, English language test, points test or SkillSelect invitation will be required
No age limit
Concessions on the health requirement
Small initial application fee
The Australian government estimates that 60-70,000 New Zealanders may be eligible for the new stream. This may mean that fewer places are available for applicants in the points tested stream. This in turn may affect the occupational ceilings for skilled migration, and result in higher points being required for an invitation through SkillSelect.

Revision of Skilled Occupations Lists

We expect the occupations lists for General Skilled Migration – the MLTSSL and STSOL – to be revised from 1 July 2017.
There are a number of occupations, mainly in the engineering sector, which are on the MLTSSL but not the STSOL. This is unusual and we expect these occupations to be candidates for removal.

The Department of Education maintains a list of “Flagged Occupations”. These could also be considered for removal, but based on previous years, only a few flagged occupations are removed each year.

On the other hand, the changes to employer sponsorship announced on 18 April have resulted in restrictions on sponsoring staff for permanent residence or longer-term 457 visas, unless the occupation is on the MLTSSL. There have also been some unexpected occupations removed from the STSOL (eg Human Resources Advisor, and many science and engineering occupations).

We expect Australian business groups to lobby for critical occupations to be added to the MLTSSL and STSOL. This would also be good for applicants for General Skilled Migration in any of the occupations which might be added.

Occupational Ceilings to be Released

Occupational ceilings play a very important part in managing the General Skilled Migration program. They give a maximum number of EOI invitations which can be issued to Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Skilled Regional Provisional (Family Sponsored) Subclass 489 applicants.
In the last few years, it has become more competitive for people in popular occupations in the accounting, IT and certain engineering specialisations. If the occupational ceilings stay the same or are reduced, we expect it to become even more competitive. This will mean higher points scores may be required for an invitation.

State Migration Plans Reopen

Many states have either closed their state nomination programs or restricted them significantly – examples include Queensland, Western Australia and ACT. Others have reached quotas for popular occupations.
Most states will restart their state migration plans from July. For some states, ACT and South Australia in particular, many occupations fill very quickly after the program reopens. Applicants should make sure that they are ready to lodge for state nomination as soon as possible after they reopen to avoid disappointment.

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SkillSelect Update April 2017

All pro rata occupations have now been filled for the 2016-17 program year – these occupations will not be available for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 invitations or Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 (family sponsored) invitations until 1 July 2017.

This article looks at the trends for the current program year, and looks at the likely prognosis for the next program year.

Invitations Issued for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visas

The minimum score required for applicants to receive an invitation for a Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa for non pro-rata occupations has been 60 points for all invitation rounds so far in 2016-17, apart from the 1 September round. For most of the year, applicants with 60 points have received an invitation in the next invitation round.
skillselect April 2017- 189 – points and waiting times

The number of invitations issued for the 189 subclass varied considerably for the program year. In the 7 July round, 2202 invitations were issued, with a low number of 606 issued in the 7 December 2016 round.

skillselect April 2017- 189 – invitation numbers

When we look at the number of invitations for pro-rata occupations vs non pro-rata occupations, it becomes apparent that most of the variation in numbers is due to the pro rata occupations. There are generally 400-700 invitations for non pro-rata occupations, with a peak in December which is likely due to international students completing their courses.

The number of invitations for pro rata occupations fluctuates more. There are peaks at the beginning of the year which occur because the occupation has not yet been placed on the pro rata list. There were also peaks in March-April when the Department of Immigration was inviting at double the usual rate for pro rata occupations in an attempt to meet migration program numbers.

skillselect April 2017- 189 – invitation numbers

Pro Rata Occupations

There were 8 “pro-rata” occupations- these are occupations where there are more EOIs lodged than can be accommodated in the occupational ceiling. For these occupations, the number of invitations issued in each round is limited so that the ceiling is not filled too quickly. As a result, the minimum points required for an invitation may be higher or the waiting time longer for an invitation.

Accountants were on pro rata status from the beginning of the program year, eventually settling on a number of 98 invitations per round.
skillselect April 2017- accountants – invitations issued

Minimum score required for a 189 invitation was 70 points for the entire year for accountants. Last year, there were some rounds where accountants were invited on 65 points.

skillselect April 2017- accountants – points and waiting times

Waiting times for a 189 invitation varied – at one point applicants were waiting 22 weeks for a 189 invitation with 70 points. This suggests that unless the occupational ceiling is increased in July, then accountants will still require 70 points and that this may increase to 75 points.

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

Auditors were pro rata for the entire program year, with 55 invitations issued in most rounds.
skillselect April 2017- auditors – invitations issued

However, waiting times for auditors were slightly better than for accountants – the maximum waiting time was 13 weeks with 70 points.

skillselect April 2017- auditors – points and waiting times

ICT Business and System Analysts

ICT Business and System Analysts were pro rata the entire program year with 60 invitations issued most rounds
skillselect April 2017- ict-business-analysts – invitations issued

Initially, 70 points were required for a 189 invitation, but this quickly reduced to 65 as the backlog of EOIs at 70 points was cleared. Waiting times got up to 30 weeks, so we expect this to be a competitive occupation in 2017-18. If the occupational ceiling stays the same next year, it is quite likely that the required points for a 189 invitation will be 70 points for several invitation rounds, before settling back to 65 points.

skillselect April 2017- ict-business-analysts – points and waiting times

Software and Applications Programmers

Also pro rata from day one, 230 or 225 invitations were issued for most months.
skillselect April 2017- software-engineers – invitations issued

Minimum score was 65 for the entire year, and waiting time gradually increased at this score, but was still only 5-6 weeks for most months with this score. We expect this occupation to still require 65 points in 2017-18, assuming no major change to the occupational ceiling.

skillselect April 2017- software-engineers – points and waiting times

Computer Network Professionals

This occupation was not immediately put on pro rata status, with the result that large numbers of invitations were issued in the first two rounds. Eventually, this settled down to 50 invitations per round.
skillselect April 2017- computer-network-professionals – invitations issued

Initially, 60 points were required for a 189 invitation, and this soon increased to 65 points. We expect the minimum score to be 65 points in 2017-18.

skillselect April 2017- computer-network-professionals – points and waiting times

Electronics Engineers

This occupation was not changed to pro rata status until 23 November 2016. The pro rata rate was 29 invitations per round.
skillselect April 2017- electronics-engineers – invitations issued

60 points were sufficient for most of the year and waiting times were short. The points required went to 65 for a few rounds in November/December, but quickly went back down to 60.

skillselect April 2017- electronics-engineers – points and waiting times

In 2017-18, we expect 60-65 points will be required for this occupation – it may not be placed on the pro rata list immediately.

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

This occupation was not changed to pro rata status until 23 November 2016. By this time, most places had been allocated and so only a small number of invitations were issued per round – 17.
skillselect April 2017- industrial-mechanical-production-engineers – invitations issued

As a result, until November 2016, 60 points were sufficient and waiting times were short. From November, due to the low number of available places, the minimum score went to 70 but then down to 65. Waiting times at 65 points got up to 20 weeks.

skillselect April 2017- industrial-mechanical-production-engineers – points and waiting times

We expect this occupation to require between 60 and 65 points in 2017-18, and expect it to be on the pro rata list a lot earlier than this year.

Other Engineering Professionals

This occupation includes Engineering Technologists, Aeronautical Engineers, Agricultural Engineers and Biomedical Engineers. The occupation was not pro rata for the first two rounds, resulting in a high number of invitations being issued at 60 points.
skillselect April 2017- other-engineering-professionals – invitations issued

Points required quickly went to 65, and due to relatively low numbers of invitations available (28 per round), waiting times increased to 10 weeks.

In 2017-18, we expect this occupation to be pro rata from the beginning of the year, and 65 points will be required, assuming a similar occupational ceiling to the 2016-17 year.

skillselect April 2017- other-engineering-professionals – points and waiting times

Subclass 489 – Family Sponsored

The number of invitations issued to family sponsored 489 applicants has increased significantly as compared to the 2015-16 program year. Initially, 10 invitations were issued per round – this quickly used up the backlog of applicants at 65 and 60 points. By the 12 October round, the backlog had been used up and the number of invitations per round started to fall to a steady 25-30 per round.
skillselect April 2017- 489 – invitations issued

Minimum points required for the 489 family sponsored program started at 65 but quickly reduced to 60 points. Applicants with 60 points would expect an invitation next round.

skillselect April 2017- 489 – points and waiting times

The future of the family sponsored 489 program is not clear for 2017-18.

Because the 189 is prioritised for invitations over the 489 family sponsored program, it is very unlikely that someone with a pro rata occupation will receive a 489 invitation.

If the Department of Immigration sees it as a good way to increase General Skilled Migration options, they could exclude the 489 program from the occupational ceilings. This would result in much higher numbers of invitations in pro rata occupations.

Otherwise, we expect it to contribute low numbers in 2017-18 – with 25-30 invitations per round and 60 points required.


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South Australia State Nomination Opportunities

The South Australian Government is highly supportive of skilled migration to their state. With skilled migration getting more competitive, this can be a good option for many applicants.

This article discusses the criteria for state nomination by South Australia for General Skilled Migration visa subclasses – including the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa and Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visa.

Visa Options Available

Immigration South Australia is active in sponsoring for both the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa and the Skilled Regional Sponsored Subclass 489 visa.
Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa

This is a permanent visa and allows you to live anywhere in South Australia. You are expected to stay in South Australia for your first 2 years of residence in Australia and answer surveys during this time. You can potentially nominate any occupation on the STSOL when applying for the 190 visa. 5 points are available for state nomination for a 190 visa.
Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visa

There are two eligibility pathways for the 489 visa:
State Nominated: this option requires state nomination and you can nominate any occupation on the STSOL.
Family Sponsored: if you have an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident family member who lives in a designated area, they can sponsor you for a 489 visa. The whole of South Australia is a designated area for the purposes of the 489 visa, and you must nominate an occupation on the shorter MLTSSL.

The 489 visa is a 4-year provisional visa. You and your family members can only live, work or study in a regional area of Australia. To qualify for the Permanent Skilled Regional Subclass 887 visa, you must work full time for 12 months and live for 2 years in a regional area. 10 points are available for either family sponsorship or state nomination for a 489 visa.
Some occupations on the SA List are limited to only 489 applicants – examples include Cafe or Restaurant Manager, Customer Service Manager, Welfare Worker, Motor Mechanic, Baker, Chef, Pastry Cook, Cook, Veterinary Nurse, Enrolled Nurse and Community Worker.

Occupations Lists for South Australia

The State Nominated Occupations Lists are published on 1 July each year by Immigration SA. There are two lists:
State Nominated Occupations List (SNOL): occupations which are in high demand in South Australia
Supplementary Skilled List (SSL): all other occupations on the STSOL. Requirements for state nomination in these occupations are higher than the State Nominated Occupations List
Work Experience Requirement

South Australia requires most applicants to meet a general work experience requirement. Applicants must in general show that they have worked in skilled employment for at least 12 months in the last 3 years. Where this work experience is in Australia, at least 6 months of the work experience must be in South Australia or at least 3 months for people currently working in South Australia.
Some occupations on the SNOL require more work experience – examples include Finance Managers, Registered Nurses (3 years), Social Workers, Community Workers and Welfare Workers, Bakers, Pastry Cooks and Chefs (2 years).

English Requirement

In general, South Australia requires only Competent English for state nomination purposes – this is the same as the threshold requirement for General Skilled Migration.
Some occupations require higher than Competent English:

Proficient or Proficient Plus Overall (average of 7.5 in IELTS or equivalent): Managers, Health Professionals, IT Professionals
Competent Plus (minimum of 6.5 in IELTS or equivalent) or Proficient Overall (average of 7): Agricultural Managers, Hospitality and Service Managers, Welfare and Community Workers
Advantages for South Australia Graduates

If you have completed a course taking at least 46 weeks of study in South Australia, you will have certain advantages when applying for South Australia state nomination. In some cases this may include:
Waiver of the work experience requirement – this may include both the usual 12 month work experience requirement and additional work experience requirements for certain occupations
Ability to nominate occupations on the “Special Conditions Apply” or “Supplementary Skills” Lists
Waiver of higher English requirement
Ability to qualify with lower points for certain occupations
Students completing vocational qualifications receive less benefit, and you would ideally study at the Bachelor level or higher.

High Performing Graduates may enjoy additional advantages – this includes those completing a Bachelor degree with a GPA of at least 6.0, graduates with First Class Honours, PhD or Masters by Research qualifications.

SA Planning Levels for Occupations

A planning level applies for each occupation on the SNOL. Once this is filled, the occupation is flagged as “Special Conditions Apply”. This will mean that the criteria for state nomination are similar to Supplementary Skilled List occupations.
The South Australia state nomination program opens on 1 July each year – it is not uncommon for occupations to be filled within an hour or two of the program opening so it is essential to be well prepared and ready to submit if you are in a popular occupation.

Additional Requirements for Supplementary List and Special Conditions Apply Occupations

Applicants with an occupation on the Supplementary Skilled List or which is flagged as Special Conditions Apply must be one of the following to obtain state nomination from South Australia:
South Australia Graduates: see above
Currently working in your occupation in South Australia: either 12 months if working in Greater Adelaide or 6 months if in a regional area
Chain Migration: where you have a close relative living in South Australia. Certain occupations are excluded.
High Performing Graduates: see above
High Points Score: at least 85 points including state nomination. Certain occupations are excluded.
Special Requirements for Certain Occupations

On top of these requirements, certain occupations have additional requirements for South Australia nomination. Examples include:
IT Professionals: currently require at least 70 points to receive a state nomination from South Australia – this includes the points from state nomination.
Accountants and Auditors: are on the Supplementary Skills List and require South Australia graduates to be working in their occupations for at least 12 months in South Australia.

SkillSelect and State Nomination Update April 2017

More popular occupations filled or are almost full for the 2016-17 program year in the last SkillSelect invitation round.

There are also updates for South Australia and Western Australia state nomination criteria.

This article explains the most recent changes.

SkillSelect Update – March 2017

The results of the 29 March SkillSelect round have been published.
The occupational group ICT Business and System Analysts is now full. Accountants and Software and Analyst Programmers are over 99% full, with most other pro-rata occupations likely to be filled by the end of April.

Once these occupations are full, no further invitations can be issued for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa or Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 family sponsored stream until 1 July 2017 when the program re-opens.

This will most likely result in a backlog of EOIs in these occupations. Unless occupational ceilings are increased, we can expect minimum points or waiting times for invitations to increase when the program reopens.

New occupational ceilings are due to be published in July 2017, and will be important in understanding how many points will be required in pro rata occupations going forward.

Occupation/Subclass Points Required Waiting Time Invitations – 15 Mar Running Total Target Places Remaining % Filled
Accountants 70 22 weeks 196 2492 2500 8 99.70%
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 70 13 weeks 110 1375 1413 38 97.30%
ICT Business and System Analysts 70 Next round 42 1482 1482 0 100%
Software and Applications Programmers 65 3 weeks 450 5648 5662 14 99.80%
Electronics Engineer 60 15 weeks 58 937 1000 63 93.70%
ndustrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 65 19 weeks 34 1501 1539 38 97.50%
Other Engineering Professionals 65 12 weeks 0 1018 1000 0 101.80%
Computer Network Professionals 65 8 weeks 0 1482 1426 0 103.90%

State Nomination Update – South Australia

South Australia has announced that its high points scorer pathway will now requires 85 points, rather than 80 which was previously the case. The high points scorer pathway allows applicants to apply for SA state nomination if their occupation is on the Supplementary List or with “Special Conditions Apply” classification.
The high points scorer change will come into effect on 19 April 2017 – applications lodged prior to this date will not be affected, so please contact us if you would like assistance with applying prior to the cut-off date.

Certain occupations are no longer be eligible for the high points scorer or chain migration exemptions – this includes the following occupations:

221111 Accountant (General)
223111 Human Resource Adviser
225113 Marketing Specialist
225412 Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)
242111 University Lecturer
242112 University Tutor
251511 Hospital Pharmacist
251513 Retail Pharmacist
This change came into effect on 5 April 2017. The chain migration exemption also allows applicants with relatives in South Australia to apply for SA state nomination in occupations which are on the Supplementary List or with “Special Conditions Apply” classification.
State Nomination Update – Western Australia

Western Australia suspended its state nomination program in March 2017 pending review of the WASMOL.
The WA program is now re-opened but is open only to certain medical practitioners and sonographers.

A revised list is due to be released in late May 2017.