The results for the latest invitation round, which took place on 11th January 2019, have been released by the Department. We provide a summary of this data below. The information published is 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 listed below.

Visa subclass

July 2018

August 2018

September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

December 2018

January 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

19,640

Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

70

Total

1,010

2,500

2,500

4,350

4,350

2,500

2,500

19,710


The information in the above table does not include State and Territory Government nomination invitations (which are issued 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 remained the same when compared with the most recent invitation round on 11th December 2018.

Invitations issued for the subclass 489 visa have also remained unchanged, with 10 invitations issued in the current round. This has been consistent since the 22nd November 2017 round.

Points score cut-offs

The following minimum point scores were required to secure an invitation in the 11th January 2019 round:

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

Date of effect (last invited applicant)

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

70

8th December 2018

Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa

80

28th August 2018


These points scores have remained unchanged since the September 2018 round. As a result, in the last 5 invitation rounds, to receive an invitation an applicant must have achieved a score of above 65 points (which is the minimum points result required to lodge an ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI)).

The ‘Date of effect’ is the latest date when applicants achieved their points score in the current round (i.e. when they lodged their EOI). This data shows that subclass 189 visa EOI applicants with a points score of at least 70, who submitted their EOI by 8th December 2018, received an invitation in the January 2019 round.

Subclass 489 visa EOI applicants with a points score of at least 80, who lodged their EOI by 28th August 2018, secured an invitation in the current round.

These results demonstrate that the wait time to receive an invitation is now approximately 1 month for the subclass 189 visa, an increase of 1 week compared with the previous round in December 2018. This is still an improvement compared with earlier rounds (such as the September 2018 round) when it could take up to 3 months to secure an invitation.

For subclass 489 visa EOI applicants, the wait time to receive an invitation has increased slightly compared with the previous round, now taking approximately 4 ½ months to receive an invitation in the current round (the December 2018 round wait time was approximately 3-4 months).

Invitations issued in the 11th January 2019 round based on points score 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 489 visa

70

848

0

75

1,037

0

80

402

7

85+

203

3

Total

2,490

10

Invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa increased by 15% for applicants with a points score of 70, and 23% for those who achieved a score of 85 and over, compared with the previous round in December 2018. There was small decrease in the number of invitations issued in the 75 points score band, falling from 1,093 in the previous round to 1,037 in January 2018 (equating to a 5% reduction). For applicants with a points score of 80, invitations issued in the current round fell by 19% compared with December 2018.

For the subclass 489 visa, a greater number of invitations were issued to applicants who achieved 80 points, and less to those who scored 85 points and higher, when compared with the December 2018 round. Given only a small amount of invitations are issued for this visa subclass overall, these variances are less relevant.

Occupations

The results for the most popular 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 Jan 2019 invitation round

Date of effect

Invitations issued to 11th January 2018

Occupation ceiling for the 2018/19 year

Accountants (2211)

80

24th August 2018

2,280

3,753

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)

80

27th June 2018

814

1,342

Electronics Engineer (2334)

75

29th November 2018

183

300

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

70

2nd July 2018

1,079

1,780

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

75

24th October 2018

425

700

ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)

75

3rd October 2018

890

1,466

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

70

23rd January 2018

4,415

7,271

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

70

6th September 2018

1,315

2,167


To explain what the above information means, we refer you to the nominated occupation category of Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212). The data shows that applicants who achieved a score of at least 80 points and who submitted their EOI by 27
th June 2018 secured an invitation in the current invitation round. The information also demonstrates that there are 1,342 places available for this occupation category in the current migration programme year. To date, 814 of these places have been filled.  This means there are 528 places remaining for this occupation category for the rest of the 2018/19 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 January 2019 invitation round have been published by the Department at the following link:

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

Minimum points scores required for the occupation categories listed in the above table have remained unchanged since the previous December 2018 invitation round.

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:

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

33

293

19

86

93

30

222

29

805

Subclass 489 visa

0

141

16

50

185

112

6

3

513

Total

33

434

35

136

278

142

228

32

1,318

Nominations issued in December 2018 decreased for all States and Territories, except for Victoria and Western Australia, compared with the previous month.

South Australia had the most significant fall in nominations issued in December, especially for the subclass 190 visa, which saw a 43% decrease in nominations issued during the month. For the subclass 489 visa, there was a fall of 38% compared with November 2018.

Queensland also saw a fall of 36% in overall nominations issued for the month, with the subclass 190 visa accounting for the majority of the decrease. Nominations for this visa class decreased from 166 in November to 86 nomination issued in December 2018.

In the Northern Territory, nominations decreased by 41% overall since November 2018.

On the flip side, Victoria saw a 90% increase in overall nominations issued in December 2018, with subclass 190 nominations more than doubling since the previous month.

In Western Australia, nominations issued for the subclass 190 visa increased by 61%. The overall increase for both the subclass 190 and 489 nominations was 68% in December 2018.

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1st July 2018 to 31st December 2018 are as follows.

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

347

1,366

163

717

537

313

1,573

48

5,064

Subclass 489 visa

0

1,105

160

346

1,439

572

26

8

3,656

Total

347

2,471

323

1,063

1,976

885

1,599

56

8,720

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 December 2018 invitation results at the following link:

https://paxmigration.com.au/skill-select-invitation-round-11-december-2018/

Sources/Links:

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

https://paxmigration.com.au/skill-select-invitation-round-11-december-2018/

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

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