The results for the latest Skill Select invitation round for 11 December 2019 have been released by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department).  This marks the first round in which invitations were issued for the new Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa, which commenced on 16 November 2019 (and which replaced the Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa).

Total invitations issued

The total number of invitations issued to date in the 2019/20 migration programme year are listed below.

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

3,200

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

200

200

Total

1,000

100

100

1,500

250

450

3,400

*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 December round have remained unchanged compared with the previous round, with 250 invitations being issued. In this first invitation round for the Subclass 491 visa, 200 invitations have been issued in the Family Sponsored stream.

Points score cut-off

Expression of Interest (EOI) applicants needed to achieve the following minimum points scores to receive an invitation in this latest round.

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

Date of effect (last invited applicant)

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

95

30 November 2019

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

95

4 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 above data shows that the minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 189 visa in the latest round increased by 10 points compared with the November 2019 invitation round. The last invited applicant submitted an EOI on 30 November 2019. The wait time to receive an invitation in this latest round remained the same as the previous month, taking approximately 1 ½ weeks.

Subclass 491 visa EOI applicants who scored at least 95 points and who submitted their EOI by 4 December 2019 received an invitation in this latest round. There was a 1 week wait time to receive an invitation in this round. 

As reflected in this data, the cut-off point scores required to secure an invitation in the December 2019 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 December 2019 round are set out below.

Points score for invited applicants

Number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa

Number of invitations issued for the subclass 491 visa*

95

169

132

100

49

49

105

16

18

110

15

1

115

1

0

Total

250

200


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

The majority of invitations were issued to EOI applicants in the 95 points score band for both subclass 189 and 491 visa subclasses in this round, accounting for 68% and 66% of overall invitations issued for the month respectively. For the subclass 189 visa, 20% of invitations were issued in the 100 points score band, with the remainder spread almost equally between the 105 and 110 bands. One invitation was also issued in the 115 points score band.

For the subclass 491 visa, 25% of invitations were issued in the 100 points score band, and 9% in the 105 band. One invitation was also issued in the 110 points score band.

This data also reflects the continuing trend of a gradual rise in the minimum points score needed to receive an invitation for the Subclass 189 visa, one which we are likely to see continue in light of the Government’s increased focus on regional migration and the consequent 51% reduction in places allocated to the Subclass 189 visa this year compared with the 2018/19 migration programme year.

Given this is only the first round of invitations issued for the subclass 491 visa, we will need to wait a few more months to see what sort of trend develops, however, as noted above, the push to promote regional migration should see more favourable results. There are also other factors to consider, including demand for places. As this is a new programme, it may take some time for potential applicants to become acquainted with the new visa on offer, so uptake could be slow in the initial stages. Nevertheless, a minimum cut-off points score of 95 is very high (and 10 points higher than the minimum score that was required to secure an invitation for the Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa in the September 2019 round, the last round when invitations were issued for that visa subclass).

Occupations

The following table shows the number of invitations that were issued in December 2019 to applicants in pro-rated skilled occupations, which are those with the highest demand. By adopting this treatment, invitations are spread more evenly throughout the year, thus avoiding all places being filled at the start of the year and allowing applicants to also receive invitations in the later parts 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 11 December 2019 invitation round

Date of effect

Invitations issued to 11 December 2019*

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

Accountants (2211)

Subclass 189

100 

19 November 2019

280

2,746

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)

Subclass 189

95 

27 May 2019

159

1,552

Electronics Engineer (2334)

Subclass 189

95 

30 November 2019

90

1,000

Subclass 491

100

4 December 2019

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

Subclass 189

95 

29 September 2019

164

1,600

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

Subclass 189

95 

18 November 2019

100

1,000

ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)

Subclass 189

95 

27 November 2019

255

2,587

Subclass 491

95

18 November 2019

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

Subclass 189

95 

30 November 2019

858

8,748

Subclass 491

95

29 November 2019

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

Subclass 189

95 

29 November 2019

254

2,553

Subclass 491

95

2 December 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 Government does not release figures to show the break-up of invitations issued between these three visa subclasses.

Let’s now examine the nominated occupation category of ICT Business and System Analysts (ANZSCO code 2611) to demonstrate what the above information means. The data shows that subclass 189 EOI applicants needed a minimum score of 95 points, and they must have submitted their EOI by 27 November 2019, to have received an invitation in the December 2019 round. The information also shows that there are 2,587 total places available for this occupation category in the current year, of which 255 invitations have been issued to date. There are thus 2,332 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 increased by 10 points, with the exception of ANZSCO code 2335 (which remained unchanged).

Being the first invitation round for the subclass 491 visa, we are unable to compare to previous data. It is, however, interesting to note that the points score required to secure an invitation for the subclass 491 visa was higher than for the subclass 189 visa for ANZSCO code 2334. For ANZSCO codes 2611, 2613 and 2631, both visa subclasses required 95 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 11 December 2019 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 489 and 190 visa programmes in November 2019 are listed in the following table.

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

118

214

32

282

89

105

263

67

1,170

Subclass 491 visa

0

0

7

0

0

13

5

0

25

Total

118

214

39

282

89

118

268

67

1,195

For the subclass 190 visa, there was a significant increase in nominations issued for the month in the NT, which more than doubled compared with October 2019. VIC also increased (45%) as did QLD, which saw a rise of 11% in November 2019.

The largest decreases in invitations issued for the month were in SA (63%) and WA (51%). In the ACT, the fall was 28%, in TAS 25%, and 17% in NSW.

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2019 to 30 November 2019 are as follows.

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

640

1,011

157

661

689

486

692

415

4,751

Subclass 491 visa

0

0

7

0

0

13

5

0

25

Total

640

1,011

164

661

689

499

697

415

4,776

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

 

 

Skill Select Results

 

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 November 2019 invitation results at the following link:

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

Sources/Links:

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

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