Skill Select results for the 11 June 2020 invitation round have been published by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department), being the final round of the 2019/20 migration programme year. They apply to the following points-based skilled visas:

  • Subclass 189 Skilled – Independent visa; and
  • Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Family Sponsored visa.

Data has also been released showing the number of nominations approved by State and Territory Governments for the following skilled visas:

  • Subclass 190 Skilled – Nominated visa; and
  • Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) State Nominated visa.

Links to data on the number of invitations issued for the following business visas are also set out below:

  • Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188); and
  • Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132).

The following statement has been issued by the Department:

The Government is closely monitoring migration and visa settings to ensure they are consistent with public health measures, are flexible and do not displace job opportunities for Australians, so that Australia can effectively respond to the immediate and subsequent impacts of COVID-19. As such, targeted invitation rounds occurred in May and June 2020.*

Invitation round results

Total invitations issued

The total number of invitations issued in each month and for the year to date in the 2019/20 migration programme year are set out 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 1,000 1,000 1,750 50 550 170 7,720
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored*

 

200 300 500 300 50 100 30 1,480
Total

 

1,000 100 100 1,500 250 450 1,300 1,500 2,050 100 650 200 9,200

*The information in the above table for the subclass 491 visa is for the family-sponsored stream only. State Nominated invitations (including for the Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa) are issued separately by each State and Territory Government (see below for more information).

Invitations issued for the Subclass 189 visa in the June round have fallen compared with the previous round, with only 170 invitations being issued. This is down by 380 since May.

For the Subclass 491 visa – Family Sponsored stream, there was also a decrease in invitations issued for the month, with 30 issued in this round compared with 100 in May 2020. This month represents the lowest number of invitations issued since the Subclass 491 visa programme commenced in November 2019 (and for which invitations first began to be issued in the December 2019 round).

The results this month mark a turnaround of what we saw in May, when there was a big jump in subclass 189 invitations, and a small increase in invitations for the subclass 491 visa. Given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, these changes and variations are to be expected. Therefore, it is likely not a time to look for trends in the data, given the current climate we are in. The more likely scenario in the foreseeable future is more volatile results, whether they be up or down.

With the June 2020 being the final round of the 2019/20 migration programme year, the coming July 2020 invitation round will be the first for the new 2020/21 migration year.

Points score cut-off

Expression of Interest (EOI) applicants needed to achieve the following minimum points scores to secure an invitation in the June 2020 round.

 

Visa subclass Minimum points score Date of effect month (last invited applicant)
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 85 February 2020
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored

 

70 April 2020

 

See our article on the New Skilled Regional Visas to be introduced to learn about how EOI applicants are ranked under this process.

The highest ranked applicants are the first invited to apply for the relevant visa. Applicants with equal scores are invited in order of when they reached their points score (this is referred to as the date of effect). EOI’s submitted with earlier dates of effect are invited first.

According to the published data, the minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 189 visa in the June 2020 round remained the same compared with the previous invitation round, at 85 points. The last invited applicant submitted an EOI in February 2020. This is a wait time of approximately 4 months.

The minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 491 visa also did not change this month, compared with the previous month. The results show that Subclass 491 visa EOI applicants who achieved a minimum points score of 70 and who submitted their EOI by April 2020 were issued an invitation in June. This represents a wait time of approximately two months.

This data maintains the lower points score required to secure an invitation, a change we first saw in the May round, and which we had not seen for some time before that. What we had seen for a substantial period (before May) was a trend whereby a significantly higher points score was required to secure an invitation, compared with the minimum 65 points that is required to validly lodge an EOI, for both subclass 189 and 491 EOI applicants. This was a welcome change in May, especially for the subclass 491 visa. This difference is now only 5 points (70 as compared with the required 65 to validly lodge an EOI) for the subclass 491 visa. For subclass 189 applicants, the difference is larger (20 points) but nevertheless, a smaller difference than had been the case in recent months.

But again, given the current circumstances we are in, we should not read too much into this or see it as a developing trend. As noted above, such changes and variations are to be expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is more a case of seeing what each month brings for the foreseeable future, as the Department responds to the immediate environment, an environment which is not what we see in normal circumstances.

As with last month, data showing the number of invitations issued based on points score have again not been released this month (this data had been released in previous rounds).

Invitations issued for the most in-demand occupations

The below data shows the number of invitations that were issued in June 2020 to applicants in occupations which had the highest demand for places. Invitations for these skilled occupations are pro-rated, with the result that they are spread out evenly throughout the year.

It appears to be the case that invitations were not issued for these occupations in June, with the exception of one pro-rated occupation only, that being Other Engineering Professionals (2339). This occupation category saw four invitations issued for the month.

The remaining invitations in June appear to have been issued for non-pro-rated occupations.

The following data has been released this month:

Occupation (ANZSCO code) Visa Subclass Minimum points score required in the 11 Jun 2020 invitation round Latest date of effect month Invitations issued to 11 Jun 2020* Occupation ceiling for the 2019/20 year (maximum number of invitations available)
Accountants (2211) 189/491 N/A N/A 654 2,746
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212) 189/491 N/A N/A 371 1,552
Electronics Engineer (2334)   189/491 N/A N/A 223 1,000
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335) 189/491 N/A N/A 381 1,600
Other Engineering Professionals (2339)       241 1,000
  189 95 March 2020
        491 95 December 2019
ICT Business and System Analysts (2611) 189/491 N/A N/A 608 2,587
Software and Applications Programmers (2613)       189/491 N/A N/A 1,926 8,748
Computer Network Professionals (2631)       189/491 N/A N/A 599 2,553


*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 Department does not release figures to show the break-up of invitations issued between these three visa subclasses.

With the June 2020 round marking the final invitation round of the 2019/20 year, new occupation ceilings will be applied in the next invitation round, which is due to take place on approximately the 11th of July 2020.

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 June 2020, at the following link:

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

State and Territory Government nominations

Total invitations issued in June

Invitations issued by State and Territory Governments for the subclass 491 and 190 visa programmes in June 2020 are set out below.

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
Subclass 190 visa 91 440 37 0 145 137 3 373 1,226
Subclass 491 visa 8 906 91 206 525 56 343 80 2,215
Total 99 1,346 128 206 670 193 346 453 3,441

 

Total invitations issued in 2019/2020

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 were as follows:

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
Subclass 190 visa 1,200 2,742 400 1,000 1,250 1,117 2,500 1,290 11,499
Subclass 491 visa (State Sponsored) 200 906 318 976 1,219 891 985 244 5,739
Total 1,400 3,648 718 1,976 2,469 2,008 3,485 1,534 17,238

 

Business visas

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

Further Information

Please refer to our article on the Skill Select Invitation round August 2018 results for further information about the EOI process.

Also see the results of the previous invitation round in our article on the Skill Select Invitation Round – 25 May 2020.

For further information about the Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, which was introduced in November 2019, please see the following articles:

New Skilled Regional Visas to be introduced

An overview on all Skilled Regional Sponsored Visas

Further Regulations released for the new regional sponsored visas to commence from 16 November 2019

Applications for the new provisional regional sponsored visas are now open

Sources/Links:

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

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

https://paxmigration.com.au/skill-select-invitation-round-25-may-2020/

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

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