Skill Select Invitation Round – 11 August 2019

The results for the latest Skill Select invitation round, which took place on 11 August 2019, have been released for points-tested skilled visas. A summary of this data is set out below. Results have also been published for points-tested business visas, links to which are provided below in this article.

Total invitations issued

The data in the table below shows the number of invitations issued in the first two monthly rounds of the 2019/20 migration programme year, as well as the total number of invitations issued so far this 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

1,100

Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) (Family Sponsored) visa

100

100

200

Total

1,100

200

1,300

The information noted in the above table for the subclass 489 visa is for the family-sponsored stream only. It does not include nominations approved by State and Territory Governments. State Sponsorship invitations, which are issued separately by each State and Territory, are provided further below in this article. The same applies to invitations for the Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa, which too are administered separately to the above.

The number of invitations issued for the Subclass 189 visa have decreased compared with the previous month. This sees a return to April – June 2019 levels with only 100 invitations issued for the month, after experiencing a boost to 1000 invitations in July 2019.

Subclass 489 visa invitations have remained unchanged compared with the July 2019 round, a welcome development having previously remained at 10 invitations issued per month since November 2017.

Points score cut-offs

The below minimum point scores were required to secure an invitation in this latest round (applicants are ranked in order of points score, from highest to lowest).

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

Date of effect (last invited applicant)

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

85

1st August 2019

Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa*

80

21st January 2019


*This information is for the family-sponsored stream only. Nominations are issued separately by State and Territory Governments throughout the month. See further below for the July 2019 results.

How to interpret this data?

The ‘Date of effect’ is the last date when applicants who received an invitation in this latest round submitted their Expression of Interest (EOI). The data shows that the last date for subclass 189 visa EOI applicants must have submitted their EOI to receive an invitation in the August 2019 round was 1st August 2019. It also shows that the minimum points score has increased by 5 points compared with the July 2019 invitation round. The wait time to receive an invitation has decreased from approximately 8 weeks to only 10 days.

For Subclass 489 visa EOI applicants, the last date to submit their EOI in this latest round was 21st January 2019. The minimum points score of 80 has remained the same compared with the previous invitation round. The wait time to receive an invitation has increased compared with the July 2019 round, rising from approximately 27 to 29 weeks.

The minimum points scores that both subclass 189 and 489 EOI applicants were required to achieve to receive an invitation in the August 2019 round was significantly higher than the minimum 65 points needed to validly lodge an EOI.

Invitations issued in this latest round based on points score are as follows.

Points score for invited applicants

Number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa

Number of invitations issued for the subclass 489 visa*

80

0

10

85

60

61

90

27

29

95

12

0

100

0

0

105

1

0

Total

100

100


*This information applies to the family-sponsored stream only.

Invitations issued to subclass 189 EOI applicants decreased in all bands compared with the previous month, which is to be expected given the substantial reduction in total invitations issued in August 2019. There was also one invitation issued in the 105 points score band. Compare this with the July 2019 round, where the highest band score for which invitations were issued was 95 points. The largest number of invitations were issued to applicants who scored 85 points this month, whereas last month, most invitations were issued in the 80 points score band (775 put of a total of 1,000 overall invitations).

For subclass 489 visa EOI applicants, invitations fell in the 80 and 85 points score bands and rose in the 90 points band. As with the previous month, the bulk of invitations issued in August 2019 was in the 85 points score band.

Occupations

Invitations issued for the most in-demand skilled occupations are set out in the below table. These are pro-rated to ensure availability of places throughout the year (which results in a more even spread). For these occupations, invitations are allocated to subclass 189 visa EOI applicants first, with any remaining places available to subclass 489 visa EOI applicants. State and Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored and Business Visas operate outside of these occupation ceilings.

Occupation (ANZSCO code)

Minimum points score required in the August 2019 invitation round

Date of effect

Invitations issued to 11th August 2019

Occupation ceiling for the 2019/20 year (maximum number of invitations available)

Accountants (2211)

90

20th July 2019

98

2,746

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)

85

11th March 2019

56

1,552

Electronics Engineer (2334)

85

15th July 2019

36

1,000

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

85

31st July 2019

58

1,600

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

90

7th August 2019

35

1,000

ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)

85

30th July 2019

93

2,587

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

85

31st July 2019

313

8,748

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

80

14th July 2019

91

2,553

How to interpret this data?

What does this information mean? To explain, we take as an example the nominated occupation category of Other Engineering Professionals (ANZSCO code 2339). The information in the table shows that a minimum of 90 points was required for applicants who submitted their EOI by 7th August 2019 to receive an invitation in the August 2019 round. It also shows that there are 1,000 places overall to be allocated for this occupation category in the current migration programme year. Of these, 35 invitations have already been issued across the months of July and August 2019, with 965 place remaining to be allocated for the rest of the year.

For data on occupation ceilings and the total number of invitations issued for each nominated occupation category (including for non-pro-rated occupations) up to 11th August 2019, please refer to the below link:

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

The minimum points scores needed to receive an invitation in the August 2019 round increased for all the above occupation categories compared with the July 2019 round, apart from ANZSCO codes 2212 and 2631, which remained unchanged. Occupations that experienced an increase rose by 5 points each, with only ANZSCO code 2339 rising by 10 points. 

The wait times to receive an invitation have decreased for all pro-rated occupation categories, except for ANZSCO code 2212, which rose from approximately 4 to 5 months. The most substantial fall in wait time was for ANZSCO code 2211, which decreased from 8 months to 3 weeks. ANZSCO code 2339 also saw a large reduction, falling from approximately 14 ½ weeks to just 4 days. The wait times for the remaining occupations decreased within an approximate 1 to 3-month range.

Movement in wait times can largely be explained by the change in points score, where we generally expect to see a fall in wait time when the points score required to receive an invitation increases. To explain, as the points score for a given occupation rises, it would be reasonable to assume that there would be a lower number of applicants eligible to receive an invitation. Whereas when the minimum points score cut-off decreases, you would expect there to be a larger pool of potential applicants who meet the lower minimum points score, and who have submitted their EOI earlier. EOI’s remain in the Department’s system for 2 years. Thus, in theory, invitations could potentially be issued to EOI applicants going as far back as August 2017.

What does this information tell us?

The fall in invitations issued to subclass 189 visa EOI applicants is most likely explained by a combination of factors, the most important of which is the Government’s increasing focus on encouraging migrants to settle in regional Australia. Subclass 189 visa applicants are not required to live and work in regional Australia for the visa to be granted. Reduced quotas have been set for the subclass 189 in the 2019/20 migration programme year, falling significantly from 43,990 places in 2018/19 to 18,652 in the current year. With fewer places available to be allocated for the year, we would expect there to be less invitations issued each month (and to accommodate this, an accompanying rise in the points score cut-off).

This increasing push towards regional settlement is also reflected in the soon-to-be introduced Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Subclass 494 visa and the Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa, both of which will provide a pathway to permanent residence in Australia after 3 years. For further information on these new options (which commence on 16th November 2019), please see our guides on the New Skilled Regional Visas to be introduced and Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa.

State and Territory Government nominations

Invitations issued by State and Territory Governments for the subclass 489 and 190 visa programmes in July 2019 are set out below.

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

137

26

0

0

137

75

56

43

474

Subclass 489 visa

0

142

5

<5

181

293

<5

4

627

Total

137

168

5

<5

318

368

<61

47

1,101

Most jurisdictions experienced a decrease in nominations issued in July 2019 compared with the previous month, many quite substantially. Only New South Wales (NSW), South Australia (SA) and Tasmania (TAS) saw the opposite trend, both rising in July 2019.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) saw a fall of 65% in invitations issued for the subclass 190 visa compared with the previous month. Subclass 489 invitations remained at nil as with June 2019.

The Northern Territory (NT) experienced a significant reduction in overall invitations issued for the month, falling 94%. The same can be said for Queensland (QLD), which also saw a substantial decrease, from 116 invitations issued in June 2019 to less than 5 in July.

In Western Australia (WA), the reduction in total invitations issued during the month as compared with June 2019 was 30%.

In Victoria (VIC), there was also a substantial decrease, from 392 overall nomination in the previous month, to less than 61 in July 2019.

Tasmania (TAS) experienced an increase in nominations issued compared with the previous month, rising by 93% overall.

In NSW, there was a substantial increase in nominations for the subclass 489 visa, more than doubling compared with the previous month. Subclass 190 invitations rose only marginally.

In SA, nominations rose for both 190 and 489 nominations, with an overall increase of 23% nominations issued for the month compared with June 2019.

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 has also be released and can be accessed at the following link:

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

PAX Migration Alert

If you would like to apply for the subclass 489 visa, you need to act now as applications will close soon. Applications for nomination in South Australia have now closed. Other States remain open until 10 September 2019. Contact us today to get started.

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 July 2019 invitation results at the following link:

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

Sources/Links:

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

https://paxmigration.com.au/skill-select-invitation-round-11-july-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://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/reports-and-pubs/files/discussion-paper-australias-2019-20-migration.pdf

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

https://paxmigration.com.au/skilled-regional-visas/

https://paxmigration.com.au/skilled-regional-sponsored-visa/