Skill Select invitation round results for 10 January 2020 have been published by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department).  

Total Invitations Issued 

The following table sets out the total number of invitations issued to date in the 2019/20 migration programme year.

Visa subclass

July 2019

August 2019

September 2019

October 2019

November 2019

December 2019

January 2020

February 2020

March 2020

April

2020

May

2020

Jun

2020

Total issued in 2019/20

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

1,000

100

100

1,500

250

250

1,000

4,200

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored*

200

300

500

Total

1,000

100

100

1,500

250

450

1,300

4,700

 

*The information in the above table for the subclass 491 visa is for the family-sponsored stream only. State Sponsorship invitations (including for the Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa) are issued separately by each State and Territory Government (further information is provided below).

Invitations issued for the Subclass 189 visa in the January round have increased substantially since the previous round, with 1,000 invitations issued this month, compared with only 250 being issued in December. The Subclass 491 visa – Family Sponsored stream also saw a 50% increase in this latest round.

Points Score Cut-Off

Expression of Interest (EOI) applicants required the following minimum points scores to receive an invitation in the January 2020 round.

Visa subclass Minimum points score Date of effect (last invited applicant)
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 90 2 October 2019
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored 90 16 December 2019

 

For further information on how EOI applicants are ranked, please refer to our article on the New Skilled Regional Visas to be introduced.

The information in the above table shows that the minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 189 visa in the January round decreased by 5 points compared with the previous invitation round. The last invited applicant submitted an EOI on 2 October 2019. The wait time to receive an invitation this month increased from approximately 1 ½ weeks in December, to 14 ½ weeks in the latest round.

The minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 491 visa also decreased by 5 points in January compared with the previous round. Subclass 491 visa EOI applicants who achieved a minimum points score of 90 and who submitted their EOI by 16 December 2019 received an invitation in this latest round. There was a 4 week wait time to receive an invitation in this round, compared with the one week wait time in the December round. 

As has been the trend, the minimum point scores required to receive an invitation in the January 2020 round were significantly higher than the minimum 65 points needed to validly lodge an EOI for both subclass 189 and 491 EOI applicants.

Invitations issued based on points score in the January 2020 round are as follows:

Points score for invited applicants Number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa Number of invitations issued for the subclass 491 visa*
90 646 168
95 285 82
100 45 42
105 17 8
110 6 0
115 1 0
Total 1,000 300


*This data is for the family-sponsored stream only.

Most invitations were issued to EOI applicants with a points score of 90 for both subclass 189 and 491 visa subclasses in this round, which accounted for 65% and 56% of overall invitations issued for the month respectively. 

For the subclass 189 visa, 29% of invitations were issued in the 95 points score band, with the remainder spread across the 100, 105, 110 and 115 points scores in a decreasing sequence.

For the subclass 491 visa, 27% of invitations were issued in the 95 points score band, and 14% in the 100 band. The remaining 8 invitations were issued in the 105 points score band.

This month saw a welcome increase in invitations issued for the Subclass 189 visa, especially as it is not a ‘regional’ visa, which is where the Government’s focus has largely been in recent months, and the consequent 51% reduction in places allocated to the Subclass 189 visa this year compared with the 2018/19 migration programme year.

The rise of 100 invitations issued for the subclass 491 visa is also welcome, but it is still too early to see a trend develop, given this is only the second invitation round for this visa subclass (this visa was only introduced on 16 November 2019). But as noted above, the push to promote regional migration should see more positive results continue. Consider also other relevant factors, such as demand for places. With this being a new visa programme, it is reasonable to expect that it will take some time for potential applicants to become informed about this new visa option, which is likely to mean a slower initial uptake. 

It is also good news to see a 5-point reduction in the cut-off score this month compared with December 2019 (although the score is still very high, currently at 90 points for both visa subclasses). 

Occupations

The table below shows the number of invitations that were issued in January 2020 to applicants in pro-rated skilled occupations, which are those with the highest demand. Adopting a pro-rated system has the effect of spreading invitations out evenly throughout the year, thus avoiding all places being taken up at the start of the year. Applicants can therefore still receive invitations towards the middle and end of the year. 

Available places are first allocated to the subclass 189 visa, with any remaining issued to subclass 491 Family Sponsored EOI applicants. If all places are taken up by the subclass 189 visa, then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 491 visas in these occupations.

Occupation (ANZSCO code) Visa Subclass Minimum points score required in the 10 January 2020 invitation round Date of effect Invitations issued to 10 January 2020* Occupation ceiling for the 2019/20 year (maximum number of invitations available)
Accountants (2211) 189 95  23 April 2019 378 2,746
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212) 189 95  18 October 2019 215 1,552
Electronics Engineer (2334) 189 90  25 September 2019 126 1,000
491 95  3 January 2020
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335) 189 90  1 June 2019 221 1,600
Other Engineering Professionals (2339) 189 90  28 August 2019 136 1,000
ICT Business and System Analysts (2611) 189 90  1 September 2019 348 2,587
Software and Applications Programmers (2613) 189 90  2 October 2019 1,156 8,748
491 90  11 December 2019
Computer Network Professionals (2631) 189 90   30 September 2019 345 2,553
491 90  20 November 2019


*Please note these are total invitations issued across the subclass 189 and 491 visas (as well as the 489 visa before its closure), from 1 July 2019 to date. The Department does not release figures to show the break-up of invitations issued between these three visa subclasses.

We’ll now look at the nominated occupation category of Accountants (ANZSCO code 2211) to explain what the data in the above table means. It shows that subclass 189 EOI applicants needed a minimum score of 95 points, and they must have submitted their EOI by 23 April 2019, to receive an invitation in the January 2020 round. The information also shows that there are 2,746 total places available for this occupation category in the current year, of which 378 invitations have been issued to date. There are thus 2,368 places remaining, to be allocated throughout the rest of 2019/20 year (ending on 30 June 2020).

For the subclass 189 visa, compared with the previous monthly round, the points score needed to receive an invitation in all the above pro-rated occupation categories decreased by 5 points, with the exception of ANZSCO code 2212 (which remained the same). 

For the subclass 491 visa, all pro-rated occupation categories for which invitations were issued this month decreased by 5 points. As was the case in the December invitation round, the minimum points score required to secure an invitation for ANZSCO code 2334 is still higher than the score required for the subclass 189 visa (the difference is 5 points).

You can find more information on occupation ceilings and invitations issued for each nominated occupation category (including for non-pro-rated occupations) up to 10 January 2020 at the following link:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/occupation-ceilings

State and Territory Government Nominations

Invitations issued by State and Territory Governments for the subclass 491 and 190 visa programmes in December 2019 are listed in the following table.

 

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
Subclass 190 visa 59  177  17  110  80  64  347  60  914
Subclass 491 visa 15 42  27  156  11  251
Total 59 177 32 152 107 220 358 60 1,165

 

For the subclass 190 visa, nominations issued for the month decreased in all States and Territories, except for VIC, which rose by 32% on December 2019. The largest decrease was in QLD, where nominations fell by 61% compared with the previous month.  The ACT and NT also saw significant reductions, decreasing by 50% and 47% respectively. In TAS, the decrease in nominations issued in December was 39% compared with the previous month. There was a smaller reduction of 17% in NSW, and 10% in both SA and WA.

For the subclass 491 visa, there were no nominations issued in the ACT, NSW or in WA (the same as in November). Nominations issued in the remaining States and Territories all increased compared with the previous month, with both QLD and SA seeing nominations issued for the first time (nil were issued in November). The remaining jurisdictions had substantial increases (given November was the first month when nominations were issued for this visa subclass, and this visa programme only commenced on the 16th of that month), with a huge increase of 1,100% in TAS, 120% in VIC and 114% in the NT. We can expect to see this rise continue in the months ahead as applications come through to the relevant government agencies. 

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2019 are as follows.

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
Subclass 190 visa 699 1,188 174 771 769 550 1,039 475 5,665
Subclass 491 visa (State Sponsored) 0 0 22 42 27 169 16 0 276
Total 699 1,188 196 813 796 719 1,055 475 5,941

 

You can access the latest monthly and aggregate data for nominations issued for the Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) subclass 188 visa and the Business Talent (Permanent) subclass 132 visa at the following link:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/invitation-rounds

Get Further Information

Please refer to our article on the Skillselect Invitation round August 2018 results for further information about the EOI process.

Also see the results of the previous invitation round in our article on the Skill Select Invitation Round – 11 December 2019.

For further information about the new Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, please see the following articles:

New Skilled Regional Visas to be introduced

An overview on all Skilled Regional Sponsored Visas

Further Regulations released for the new regional sponsored visas to commence from 16 November 2019

Applications for the new provisional regional sponsored visas are now open

Sources & Links

https://paxmigration.com.au/skillselect-invitation-round-july-2018/

https://paxmigration.com.au/skill-select-invitation-round-11-december-2019/

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/invitation-rounds

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/occupation-ceilings

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/migration-program-planning-levels