The Department has published the results for the latest Skill Select invitation round, which took place on 11th February 2019. In this article, we provide a summary of this data. 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 as follows:

Visa subclass

July 2018

August 2018

September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

December 2018

January 2019

February 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

21,130

Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

80

Total

1,010

2,500

2,500

4,350

4,350

2,500

2,500

1,500

21,210


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 later in this article.

The data in the table shows that the number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa have decreased by 1,000 compared with the most recent invitation round on 11th January 2019. This reflects a substantial drop in invitations being issued in this latest round, which had previously been trending higher since August 2018. The latest results also show that invitation levels have dropped closer to July 2018 levels (when 1,000 invitations were issued).

Invitations issued for the subclass 489 visa have remained unchanged since the 22nd November 2017 round, with 10 invitations being issued.

Points score cut-offs

To receive an invitation in the 11th January 2019 round, the following minimum point scores were required:

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

Date of effect (last invited applicant)

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

70

9th November 2018

Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa

80

2nd October 2018


The minimum number of points required to receive an invitation has remained the same since the September 2018 round. As a result, in the last 6 invitation rounds, applicants needed a score above the minimum 65 points, which is required to validly lodge an ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI), in order to secure an invitation.

The ‘Date of effect’ is the latest date when applicants achieved their points score in the February 2019 invitation round (i.e. which is the date when they submitted their EOI). This information shows that subclass 189 visa EOI applicants with a points score of at least 70, who submitted their EOI by 9th November 2018, received an invitation in the February 2019 round.

Subclass 489 visa EOI applicants with a points score of at least 80, who lodged their EOI by 2nd October 2018, received an invitation in the 11th February 2019 round.

These results reflect that it is currently taking approximately 3 months for applicants to receive an invitation for the subclass 189 visa, which is a substantial increase since the last round in January 2019, when the wait time was approximately 1 month.

For subclass 489 visa EOI applicants, there has been a slight drop in the wait time to receive an invitation compared with the previous round, now taking approximately 4 months and 1 week to receive an invitation (the January 2019 round wait time was approximately 4 ½ months).

Invitations issued in the 11th February 2019 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

70

32

0

75

945

0

80

271

6

85+

242

4

Total

1,490

10

Invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa decreased in all points score bands, with the exception of the 85+ points band, reflecting the overall reduction in invitations issued in this latest round. The largest falls were for applicants with a points score of 70 (which saw a decrease of 96% compared with the previous round in January 2019), and in the 80 points score band, which decreased by 33% compared with the 11th January 2019 round. The large decrease in invitations issued to applicants with a score of 70 points, and the rise in invitations issued in the 85+ points band is as expected, given that the highest scoring applicants are invited first under this process. An overall reduction in invitations issued would therefore have the greatest impact on scores at the lower end of the range.

For the subclass 489 visa, invitations issued in the latest round remained relatively the same compared with the previous round, with only a very minor difference (1 more invitation was issued in the 85+ band, thereby reducing by 1 the number of invitations issued to applicants with 80 points) as compared with the previous round. 

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 set out below:

Occupation (ANZSCO code)

Minimum points score required in the February 2019 invitation round

Date of effect

Invitations issued to 11th February 2019

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

Accountants (2211)

85

9th February 2019

2,460

3,753

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)

80

6th July 2018

878

1,342

Electronics Engineer (2334)

75

3rd December 2018

197

300

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

75

4th February 2019

1,164

1,780

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

75

2nd November 2018

459

700

ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)

75

6th September 2018

960

1,466

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

75

28th January 2019

4,764

7,271

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

75

10th February 2019

1,419

2,167


To demonstrate how to interpret the data in the above table, we refer you to the nominated occupation category of Other Engineering Professionals (2339). The information shows that applicants who lodged their EOI by 2
nd November 2018 and who scored at least 75 points, received an invitation in the February 2019 round. The data also shows that there are 700 available places for this occupation category in the 2018/19 migration programme year. Up until 11th February 2019, 459 of these places have been filled.  This leaves 241 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 11th February 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 have been changes to the minimum points scores required for several of the occupation categories listed in the table above since the previous invitation round. These changes are as follows:

Occupation (ANZSCO code)

Change from the previous round

Accountants (2211)

Minimum points have increased to 85 (up from 80 points)

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

Minimum points have increased to 75 (up from 70 points)

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

Minimum points have increased to 75 (up from 70 points)

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

Minimum points have increased to 75 (up from 70 points)

These point score increases have resulted in quite a significant movement in the ‘Date of effect’ (which was discussed earlier in this article) for these nominated occupation categories as compared with the previous invitation round. This means that applicants who achieved the minimum points score as listed in the table above, and who lodged their EOI as recently as 1 day before invitations were issued in this latest round (as is the case for Computer Network Professionals (2631)), received an invitation in the latest round.

State and Territory Government nominations

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

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

14

197

28

73

53

64

263

49

741

Subclass 489 visa

0

110

28

36

119

132

13

2

440

Total

14

307

56

109

172

196

276

51

1,181

Nominations issued in January 2019 increased for the Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia as compared with the previous month. All other States experienced a reduction in nominations issued for the month.

The Northern Territory saw an overall increase of 60% in nominations issued in January 2019 as compared with the previous month, rising from 35 nominations issued in December 2018, to 56 being issued in January 2019.

In Tasmania, nominations increased overall by 38% for the month, with the greatest rise being for the subclass 190 visa, which more than doubled since the previous month.

Victoria saw a 21% rise in overall invitations issued in January 2019, increasing from 228 in the previous month, up to 276 in January 2019.

In Western Australia, the increase was 59% for the month, with most of the rise being for the subclass 190 visa (increasing from 29 nominations being issued in December 2018, to 49 in January 2019).

For States and Territories which saw a fall in nominations issued in January 2019, the Australian Capital Territory had the greatest change, decreasing by 58% as compared with the previous month.

South Australia also saw quite a significant decrease in January, with overall nominations issued falling by 38% since December 2018.

New South Wales and Queensland had similar percentage falls in overall nominations issued for the month, with a reduction of 29% and 20% respectively. In New South Wales, the bulk of the decrease was for the subclass 190 visa, which fell from 293 nominations issued in December 2018, to 197 in the current month.

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1st July 2018 to 31st January 2019 are listed in the table below.

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

361

1,563

191

790

590

377

1,836

97

5,805

Subclass 489 visa

0

1,215

188

382

1,558

704

39

10

4,096

Total

361

2,778

379

1,172

2,148

1,081

1,875

107

9,901

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 January 2019 invitation results at the following link:

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

Sources/Links:

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

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