The results for the most recent Skill Select invitation round, which took place on 10th March 2019, have been released by the Department. We have summarised this data below. The invitation round results are for the following skilled visas:

  • Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) visa
  • Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa
  • Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa

Total invitations issued

The number of invitations issued in each round of the current 2018/19 migration programme year, and the total number of invitations issued this year to date are set out below:

Visa subclass

July 2018

August 2018

September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

December 2018

January 2019

February 2019

March 2019

Total issued so far in 2018/19

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

1,000

2,490

2,490

4,340

4,340

2,490

2,490

1,490

1,490

22,620

Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

90

Total

1,010

2,500

2,500

4,350

4,350

2,500

2,500

1,500

1,500

22,710


For the subclass 489 visa, the above data is for the family-sponsored stream only. It does not include State and Territory Government nomination invitations (these are issued by each jurisdiction under a separate process). Further information is provided below in this article.

The data in the table shows that the number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa have remained the same compared with the previous invitation round on 11th February 2019.

Invitations issued for the subclass 489 visa have remained at 10 per month, a trend which has continued since November 2017.

Points score cut-offs

The following minimum point score were required to secure an invitation in the 10th March 2019 round:

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

Date of effect (last invited applicant)

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

75

8th March 2019

Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa

85

9th March 2019


The ‘Date of effect’ is the last date when applicants achieved their points score in the March 2019 invitation round (i.e. the date they submitted their EOI). This information shows that subclass 189 visa EOI applicants with a points score of at least 75, who submitted their EOI by 8
th March 2019, received an invitation in the March 2019 round.

For the subclass 489 visa, applicants with a points score of at least 85, who lodged their EOI by 9th March 2019, received an invitation in this latest round.

This data shows that the minimum points score required to receive an invitation in the latest round increased by 5 points for both the subclass 189 and 489 visa, compared with the previous 6 invitation rounds (i.e. since September 2018) when lower minimum points scores were required.

This rise in the minimum points score has resulted in a significant reduction in the wait time to receive an invitation compared with the previous round. In this latest invitation round, applicants who had achieved the minimum points score, and who submitted their EOI up until the last few days before the March 2019 invitation round took place, received an invitation. This can be contrasted with the previous round, where the time taken to receive an invitation was approximately 3 months for subclass 189 visa applicants, and 4 months for the subclass 489 visa.

These results also reflect the fact the applicants needed a score above the minimum 65 points, which is required to validly lodge an EOI, to receive an invitation. The rise in minimum points scores required, together with the cut to number of invitations issued per month for the subclass 189 visa (which commenced in the February 2019 round) has now made the process to secure an invitation even more competitive than already was the case previously.

Invitations issued in the 10th March 2019 round based on points score are listed in the table below:

Points score for invited applicants

Number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa

Number of invitations issued for the subclass 489 visa

75

884

0

80

386

0

85+

220

10

Total

1,490

10

Invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa increased in the 80 and above points score bands and fell for applicants with 75 points. The greatest change was in the 80 points score band, which saw a 42% increase in invitations issued compared with the previous round.

For the subclass 489 visa, all 10 allocated invitations were issued to applicants with 85 points. In the previous round in February 2019, 4 out of 10 invitations were issued in this points score band.

Occupations

The results for the most in-demand skilled occupations (for which invitations are issued on a pro-rata basis throughout the year) for the 2018/19 migration year to date are as follows:

Occupation (ANZSCO code)

Minimum points score required in the March 2019 invitation round

Date of effect

Invitations issued to 10th March 2019

Occupation ceiling for the 2018/19 year (maximum number of invitations available)

Accountants (2211)

85

9th March 2019

2,640

3,753

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)

80

19th July 2018

942

1,342

Electronics Engineer (2334)

75

7th December 2018

211

300

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

75

24th February 2019

1,249

1,780

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

75

6th November 2018

493

700

ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)

75

9th October 2018

1,030

1,466

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

75

13th February 2019

5,113

7,271

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

75

8th March 2019

1,498

2,167


To explain how to interpret the information in the above table, we refer you to the nominated occupation category of Computer Network Professionals (2631). The data shows that applicants who lodged their EOI by 8
th March 2019 and who scored at least 75 points, received an invitation in the March 2019 round. The information also shows that there are total of 2,167 available places for this occupation category in the 2018/19 migration programme year. Up until 10th March 2019, 1,498 of these places have been filled.  This leaves 669 available places for this occupation category for the remainder of the current migration programme year.

Occupation ceilings and the total number of invitations issued for each nominated occupation category (including occupations which are not pro-rated) up until the 10th March 2019 invitation round are published by the Department at the following link:

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

There has been no change to the minimum points scores required to receive an invitation for the occupation categories listed in the table above since the previous February 2019 invitation round. The wait times to secure an invitation have changed only marginally for some of the listed occupations, increasing by, at most, approximately one month for ANZSCO codes 2212, 2334, 2335 and 2339.

State and Territory Government nominations

Invitations issued by State and Territory Governments for the subclass 489 and 190 visa programmes in February 2019 are listed in the following table:

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

58

479

25

118

85

38

136

31

970

Subclass 489 visa

0

103

23

60

105

64

5

4

364

Total

58

582

48

178

190

102

141

35

1,334

Nominations issued in February 2019 increased for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD) and South Australia (SA). All other States saw a reduction in nominations issued for the month compared with the previous month.

The ACT saw the most significant rise in nominations issued for the subclass 190 visa, increasing from 14 to 58 nominations compared with January 2019 (a rise in percentage terms of more than 300%). Nil nominations were issued for the subclass 489 visa (as was the case in the previous month).

NSW too saw a big jump in nominations issued in January 2019, increasing by a significant 143% for the subclass 190 visa. There was also a small decrease in nominations issued for the subclass 489 visa, falling by 7 invitations since January 2019.

In QLD, overall nominations increased by 63%, with similar percentage increases for both the subclass 190 and 489 nominations (rising by 62% and 67% respectively). 

For South Australia, there was a 10% overall increase in nominations issued for the month compared with January 2019. Nominations issued for the subclass 190 visa rose from 53 to 85, while nominations for the subclass 489 fell from 119 to 105 since the previous month.

The number of nominations in the remaining States and Territories all fell compared with January 2019. Tasmania (TAS) and Victoria (VIC) saw the most marked falls for the month, with overall nominations decreasing by 48% and 49% respectively. In Western Australia (WA), the reduction was 31%, while in the Northern Territory (NT), the fall was more marginal (at 14%).

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1st July 2018 to 28th February 2019 are as follows:

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

419

2,042

216

908

675

415

1,972

128

6,775

Subclass 489 visa

0

1,318

211

442

1,663

768

44

14

4,460

Total

419

3,360

427

1,350

2,338

1,183

2,016

142

11,235

The Department has also released the latest monthly and cumulative annual data for nominations issued for the Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) subclass 188 visa, and the Business Talent (Permanent) subclass 132 visa, which can be accessed at the following link:

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

Further Information

Please refer to our article titled ‘Skillselect Invitation round August 2018’ for further information about the EOI process: https://paxmigration.com.au/skillselect-invitation-round-july-2018/

You can also find our article summarising the February 2019 invitation results at the following link:

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

Sources/Links:

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

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