An ‘occupation ceiling’ may be applied to invitations issued under the independent, skilled regional (provisional) visas. This means there will be a limit on how many EOIs can be invited for skilled migration from an occupation group. This ensures that the skilled migration program is not dominated by a small number of occupations. Once this limit is reached, no further invitations for that particular occupation group will be issued for that program year. Invitations will then be allocated to intending migrants in other occupation groups even if they are lower ranking. See ‘occupation ceilings’ tab on this page.

The table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2020-2021 program year for each occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group.

Occupation ceiling values are based on a percentage of stock employment figures for each occupation. Employment figures are provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and represent the number of people employed in Australia in each occupation.

Occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

Occupation ceilings for the 2020-21 program year.

Occupation IDDescriptionOccupation Ceiling Value 2020-21Invitations to 14/07/2020
1331Construction Managers7,1450
1332Engineering Managers1,4740
1341Child Care Centre Managers1,0000
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers1,6660
1399Other Specialist Managers4,1880
2111Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers1,0000
2112Music Professionals1,0000
2121Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters1,0000
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1,6190
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians1,0000
2245Land Economists and Valuers1,0000
2247Management consultant4,5260
2321Architects and Landscape Architects1,4520
2322Cartographers and Surveyors1,0000
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1,00065
2332Civil Engineering Professionals3,919141
2333Electrical Engineers1,34898
2334Electronics Engineers*1,000<20
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*2,68248
2336Mining Engineers1,00020
2339Other Engineering Professionals*1,000<20
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists1,000<20
2342Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists1,000<20
2343Environmental Scientists1,2950
2344Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists1,0000
2345Life Scientists1,000<20
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists1,5360
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals1,0560
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers3,3210
2414Secondary School Teachers8,7160
2415Special Education Teachers1,7210
2421University Lecturers and Tutors5,0420
2512Medical Imaging Professionals1,161<20
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists1,0000
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals1,0000
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths1,0000
2524Occupational Therapists1,461<20
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists1,0000
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers4,257<20
2533Internal Medicine Specialists1,000<20
2539Other Medical Practitioners1,168<20
2544Registered Nurses17,85940
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*2,2730
2612Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers1,0000
2613Software and Applications Programmers*8,4050
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists2,6670
2631Computer Network Professionals*2,2450
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1,00076
2725Social Workers1,8620
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,000<20
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,000<20
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists1,000<20
3211Automotive Electricians1,0000
3212Motor Mechanics5,2050
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers1,0000
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers4,8660
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists6,3350
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers1,0000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons1,7120
3312Carpenters and Joiners6,8120
3322Painting Trades Workers3,3030
3334Wall and Floor Tilers1,0000
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics1,5810
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers1,0000
3423Electronics Trades Workers2,0470
3611Animal Attendants and Trainers1,2390
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights1,0000
4523Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials1,2620

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