Please be aware that as of 16 November 2019, the Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa has been replaced by a new Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa. This new visa has a five-year term and provides a pathway to permanent residence with a new Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa, which will be introduced from 16 November 2022.
Applications under the Second Provisional Visa stream of the Subclass 489 visa continue to be accepted. To qualify under this stream, you must hold a subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visa at time of lodgement of your application. Be aware that these visa subclasses are no longer being granted by the Department of Home Affairs.
The changes also do affect the Subclass 887 Skilled (Regional) visa permanent residence visa pathway, which continues to be available to eligible subclass 489 visa holders.
For further information about these changes, please see the following articles:
Skill Select Invitation Round – 11 December 2018
The Department has published the results from the latest invitation round which took place on 11th December 2018. We provide a summary of this data below, which you can use to help assess and plan your visa pathway if you are seeking to apply for one of 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 listed below.
|Visa subclass||July 2018||August 2018||September 2018||October 2018||November 2018||December 2018||Total issued so far in 2018/19|
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||1,000||2,490||2,490||4,340||4,340||2,490||17,150|
|Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa||10||10||10||10||10||10||60|
The data in the above table does not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visas, which independently issue invitations throughout the month (this is discussed below in this article).
The information in the table shows that the number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa have fallen by 43% compared with the two most recent invitation rounds on 11th October and 11th November 2018. It is interesting to note that the figure of 2,490 invitations issued in this latest round mirror the number issued in earlier rounds in August and September 2018. There was than a rise to 4,340 invitations issued in the previous 2 months (October and November 2018). The latest round has now reverted back to the earlier figure.
Invitations issued for the subclass 489 visa have remained the same since the 22nd November 2017 round, with 10 invitations issued in the latest round. This points to a total of 120 invitations being issued for this visa class for the 2018/19 year.
Points score cut-offs
Applicants were required to achieve the following minimum point scores to receive an invitation in the 11th December 2018 round:
|Visa subclass||Minimum points score||Date of effect (last invited applicant)|
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||70||22nd November 2018|
|Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa||80||19th August 2018|
These points scores have not changed since the September 2018 round, meaning that in the last 4 invitation rounds, an applicant would have needed to achieve above 65 points, which is the minimum required to lodge an Expression of Interest (‘EOI’), to secure an invitation.
The ‘Date of effect’ is the last date when applicants who received an invitation in the 11th December 2018 round achieved their points score (which is the date when they submitted their EOI). The data in the table above shows that subclass 189 visa EOI applicants who had achieved a minimum points score of 70 and who lodged their EOI by 22nd November 2018 received an invitation in the latest round.
For the subclass 489 visa, applicants who achieved a minimum points score of 80 points and who submitted their EOI by 19th August 2018 received an invitation to apply for the visa.
These results demonstrate that the wait time to receive an invitation is now approximately 3 weeks for the subclass 189 visa, which has increased from the 1 week wait time in the previous round in November 2018. This is nevertheless a substantial improvement compared with earlier rounds, where approximate wait times could be up to 3 months to receive an invitation (as was the case in the September 2018 invitation round).
The wait time for subclass 489 visa invitations has remained unchanged from the 11th November 2018 round, taking approximately 3-4 months to receive an invitation in the latest round.
Invitations issued in the 11th December 2018 round based on points score are listed below:
|Points score for invited applicants||Number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa||Number of invitations issued for the subclass 489 visa|
For the subclass 189 visa, there was a significant decrease in the number of invitations issued for applicants achieving a score of 70 points in this latest round, falling from 2,200 invitations issued in the 11th November 2018 round to 736 in the current round (a 67% reduction). Invitations issued to applicants with a points score of 80 also fell quite substantially, from 764 invitations issued in the previous round to 496 in December 2018. The other band scores remained similar to the previous invitation round in November 2018, with only relatively minor differences.
The results for the subclass 489 visa show that more invitations were issued to applicants who achieved higher than 85 points compared with the previous invitation round. But given the small number of invitations issued overall for this visa subclass, any differences from the November 2018 round are relatively insignificant.
The results for the most in-demand skilled occupations (which are subject to pro-rata invitation allocations) for the 2018/19 migration year to date are set out below:
|Occupation (ANZSCO code)||Minimum points score required in the Nov 2018 invitation round||Date of effect||Invitations issued to 11th December 2018||Occupation ceiling for the 2018/19 year|
|Accountants (2211)||80||18th August 2018||1,980||3,753|
|Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)||80||8th June 2018||707||1,342|
|Electronics Engineer (2334)||75||18th November 2018||159||300|
|Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)||70||22nd June 2018||937||1,780|
|Other Engineering Professionals (2339)||75||13th October 2018||369||700|
|ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)||75||18th September 2018||773||1,466|
|Software and Applications Programmers (2613)||70||1st April 2017||3,834||7,271|
|Computer Network Professionals (2631)||70||30th August 2018||1,142||2,167|
To illustrate how to interpret the information in the above table, we look at the nominated occupation category of Computer Network Professionals (2631). These results show that applicants who achieved 70 points or above and who lodged their EOI up to 30th August 2018 received an invitation in the latest invitation round. It also shows that there are a total of 2,167 available places for this occupation category in the 2018/19 program year, which have been filled by 1,142 so far, up to 11th December 2018. There are thus 1,025 remaining places for this occupation category for the remainder of the year.
The Department has published occupation ceilings and the number of invitations issued for each nominated occupation (including occupations which are not subject to pro-rata arrangements as referred to in the table above) up to the 11th December 2018 round at the following link:
There has been no change to the minimum points scores required for the above listed occupation categories since the previous round on 11th November 2018.
State and Territory Government nominations
Invitations issued by State and Territory Governments for the subclass 489 and 190 visa programmes in December 2018 are set out in the following table:
|Subclass 190 visa||36||315||30||166||162||66||110||18||903|
|Subclass 489 visa||0||198||29||48||297||111||10||1||694|
There were some notable differences in State and Territory Government nominations issued between the months of November and December.
In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), invitations issued for the subclass 190 visa fell by 40%, decreasing from 60 nominations in November 2018 to 36 in December 2018. Subclass 489 nominations remained the same as the previous month, with nil invitations issued.
For the Northern Territory (NT), subclass 489 nominations issued in December 2018 more than doubled from the previous month, rising from 14 in November 2018 to 29 invitations issued in December 2018. There was also a minor increase in subclass 190 visa nominations granted, rising by 6 invitations from November 2018.
South Australia (SA) saw an increase in nominations issued for the subclass 190 visa, rising 57% from the previous month. Invitations issued for the subclass 489 visa however fell from 432 in November 2018 to 297 in December 2018, a difference of 31%.
In Tasmania (TAS), invitations issued for both visa subclasses more than doubled from the previous month, rising from 76 invitations issued in November 2018 to 177 issued in December 2018.
In Victoria (VIC), invitations issued for the subclass 190 visa fell by more than 50%, decreasing from 223 invitations issued in November 2018 to 110 nominations granted in December. Subclass 489 visa nominations had only a minor change from the previous month, rising by 3.
Western Australia (WA) also saw a marked change, with 19 invitations issued in December 2018, compared with nil nominations granted in November 2018.
Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1st July 2018 to 30th November 2018 are set out in the table below.
|Subclass 190 visa||314||1,073||144||631||444||283||1351||19||4,259|
|Subclass 489 visa||0||964||144||296||1,254||460||20||5||3,143|
Please refer 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 November 2018 invitation results at the following link: