The Department has released the results for the latest Skill Select invitation round, which took place on 11th April 2019. A summary of these results is provided below. They apply to the following skilled visas:

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

Total invitations issued

The table below sets out 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.

Visa subclass

July 2018

August 2018

September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

December 2018

January 2019

February 2019

March 2019

April

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

100

22,720

Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

100

Total

1,010

2,500

2,500

4,350

4,350

2,500

2,500

1,500

1,500

110

22,820


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 State and Territory under a separate process). Further information is provided later in this article.

The data in the table shows that the number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa has decreased substantially since the previous invitation round on 10th March 2019. It also reflects a significant fall in invitations issued compared with all previous rounds to date in the 2018/19 migration programme year (which have been in the range of between 1,000 and 2,490 invitations issued per month).

Subclass 489 visa Invitations have remained unchanged since November 2017, with 10 invitations issued in the latest round.

Points score cut-offs

The minimum points score required to receive an invitation in the 11th April 2019 round are set out below.

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

Date of effect (last invited applicant)

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

80

15th March 2019

Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa

80

12th October 2018


The ‘Date of effect’ is the last date when applicants achieved their points score in the April 2019 invitation round (i.e. which is the date when they submitted their EOI). This data shows that subclass 189 visa Expression of Interest (EOI) applicants with a points score of at least 80, who submitted their EOI by 15
th March 2019, received an invitation in the latest round.

For the subclass 489 visa, EOI applicants with a points score of at least 80, who lodged their EOI by 12th October 2019, received an invitation in the 11th April 2019 round.

This data shows that the minimum points score required to receive an invitation in the latest round increased by 5 points for the subclass 189 and decreased by 5 points for the 489 visa, when compared with the previous invitation round.

This change in the minimum points score has resulted in an increased wait time to receive an invitation for both the subclass 189 and 489 visa compared with the previous round in March 2019, rising by approximately 1 month for subclass 189 EOI applicants, and 6 months for subclass 489 applicants.

As this data shows, both subclass 189 and 489 EOI applicants needed to achieve a score higher than the minimum 65 points which is required to validly lodge an EOI. Additionally, the increased minimum points score required for subclass 189 EOI applicants, coupled with the significant reduction in the number of invitations issued in this latest round has made it an even more competitive process to secure an invitation for this visa subclass.

In contrast, the fall in the EOI cut-off score for subclass 489 EOI applicants potentially presents a better chance for such applicants to secure an invitation (if this lower minimum points score continues in upcoming invitation rounds). But given the relatively small number of invitations issued per month for this visa subclass, it too remains competitive. 

Invitations issued in the 11th April 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

80

49

6

85

31

4

90+

20

0

Total

100

10

Invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa decreased in the 80 to 85 points score bands and increased in the 90+ band compared with the March 2019 round.

For the subclass 489 visa, 6 more invitations were issued to applicants with 80 points compared with the previous round in March 2019, when no invitations were issued in this band. This has also resulted in fewer invitations being issued in the 85 points score band compared with last month, when all 10 invitations were issued to applicants with 85+ points.

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 April 2019 invitation round

Date of effect

Invitations issued to 11th April 2019

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

Accountants (2211)

90

10th April 2019

2,653

3,753

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)

85

14th December 2018

947

1,342

Electronics Engineer (2334)

80

11th March 2019

212

300

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

80

7th March 2019

1,255

1,780

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

80

31st December 2018

496

700

ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)

85

10th April 2019

1,035

1,466

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

80

12th March 2019

5,138

7,271

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

80

14th March 2019

1,506

2,167


We now refer to the nominated occupation category of ICT Business and System Analysts (2611) to demonstrate what this data means. The information in the table shows that applicants who lodged their EOI by 10
th April 2019 and who achieved a score of at least 85 points, secured an invitation in this latest round. This data also shows that there are total of 1,466 available places for this occupation category in the 2018/19 migration programme year. Up until 11th April 2019, 1,035 of these places have been filled.  This means that 431 places remain available 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 11th April 2019 invitation round are published by the Department at the following link:

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

Compared with the previous invitation round, the minimum points scores required to receive an invitation for each of the above pro-rated occupation categories have increased. The increase has been 5 points for all of the above occupation categories, with the exception of ICT Business and System Analysts (2611), which rose by 10 points compared with the 10th March 2019 invitation round.

There has also been a reduction in the wait times to secure an invitation for ANZSCO codes 2212 (falling from 8 to 4 months), 2334 (down from 3 to 1 month) and 2611 (decreasing by 5 months, with applicants in this latest round receiving an invitation within days of lodging their EOI) since the previous invitation round. For the other occupation categories listed in the table, changes in wait times have moved only marginally.

State and Territory Government nominations

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

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

79

336

23

73

79

133

236

30

989

Subclass 489 visa

0

76

20

37

145

100

7

3

388

Total

79

412

43

110

224

233

243

33

1,377

Nominations issued in March 2019 increased for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), South Australia (SA), Tasmania (TAS) and Victoria (VIC). All other States and Territories experienced a decrease in nominations issued for the month compared with February 2019.

The largest increases were in Tasmania and VIC, where overall invitations issued for the month rose by 128% and 72% respectively compared with February 2019. In both jurisdictions, the largest increases were for the subclass 190 visa.

In the ACT, nominations issued for the month increased by 36% compared with February 2019 (all were for the subclass 190 visa).

In SA, there was an overall increase of 18% in nominations issued in March 2019 compared with the previous month. This was due to a combination of a decrease in subclass 190 nominations, and an increase in subclass 489 nominations.

New South Wales (NSW), Northern Territory (NT), Queensland (QLD) and Western Australia (WA) all experienced falls in nominations issued in March 2019 compared with the previous month.

The largest decreases in nominations issued in March 2019 were for QLD (38%) and NSW (29%). In NT and WA, the falls were only marginal (decreasing 10% and 6% respectively).

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1st July 2018 to 31st March 2019 are as follows:

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

498

2,378

239

981

754

548

2,208

158

7,764

Subclass 489 visa

0

1,394

231

479

1,808

868

51

17

4,848

Total

498

3,772

470

1,460

2,562

1,416

2,259

175

12,612

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 March 2019 invitation results at the following link:

https://paxmigration.com.au/skill-select-invitation-round-10-march-2019/

Sources/Links:

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

https://paxmigration.com.au/skill-select-invitation-round-10-march-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