The Department has released the results for the most recent invitation round which took place on 11th November 2018. In this article, we provide a summary of these results. This data can be a very useful source of information for applicants who have either submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI), or who are planning to do so in the future, as it may help to assess estimated timeframes and the minimum points score that will likely be required to receive an invitation for a points-tested skilled visa. Visas subclasses which require an invitation are listed below:

  • Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
  • 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 subclassJuly 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018Total issued so far in 2018/19
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)1,0002,4902,4904,3404,34014,660
Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa101010101050

The number of invitations issued for both the subclass 189 and 489 visas has remained the same as were issued in the last invitation round on 11th October 2018.

Invitations issued for the subclass 489 visa have not changed since the 22nd November 2017 round, with 10 invitations issued in November 2018. This trend points to a maximum of 120 invitations being issued for the subclass 489 visa in the 2018/19 migration year.

Points score cut-offs

The following minimum points scores were required to secure an invitation in the 11th November round:

Visa subclassMinimum points scoreDate of effect (last invited applicant)
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)706th November 2018
Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa8031st July 2018


The above minimum points scores have remained the same since the 11th September 2018 invitation round. This means that in the last 3 invitation rounds, applicants have needed to score above 65 points, which is the minimum required points balance to lodge an EOI.

The ‘Date of effect’ refers to the last date when applicants in receipt of an invitation in the 11th November 2018 round achieved their points score (being when the EOI was submitted). The data shows that subclass 189 visa EOI applicants who had achieved a minimum points score of 70 and who lodged their EOI by 6th November 2018 received an invitation in the latest round.

For the subclass 489 visa, invitation recipients were required to achieve a minimum score of 80 points and have lodged their EOI by 31st July 2018.

These results demonstrate that the wait time to receive an invitation is now approximately 1 week for the subclass 189 visa, which is a significant improvement compared with previous rounds, where the wait time could be up to 3 months (as occurred in the September 2018 round).

The wait time for subclass 489 visa invitations has remained approximately the same as in the previous invitation round, being an average of 3-4 months in the 11th November round.

Invitations issued in the 11th November 2018 round based on points score are listed below:

Points score for invited applicantsNumber of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visaNumber of invitations issued for the subclass 489 visa


The number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa increased for applicants achieving points of 70 and above 85 and fell for the remaining points score bands. These variances from the 11th October 2018 invitation round have been relatively small in each band.  The largest change was for applicants scoring 70 points, with 287 more invitations issued in the 11th November round.


The results for the most popular skilled occupations (and which are subject to pro-rata invitation allocations) for the current year to date are as follows:

Occupation (ANZSCO code)Minimum points score required in the Nov 2018 invitation roundDate of effectOccupation ceiling for the 2018/19 year
Accountants (2211)8010th August 20183,753
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)804th July 20181,342
Electronics Engineer (2334)  759th November 2018300
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)7019th June 20181,780
Other Engineering Professionals (2339) 753rd October 2018700
ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)756th September 20181,466
Software and Applications Programmers (2613)  706th April 20187,271
Computer Network Professionals (2631) 7027th August 20182,167


To demonstrate what the above data means, we refer to the nominated occupation category of ICT Business and System Analysts (2611). The results in the table show that applicants who achieved 75 points or above and who lodged their EOI up to 6th September 2018 received an invitation in the 11th November 2018 round. It also shows that there are 1,466 available places for this occupation category in the 2018/19 program year.

You can find a listing of all occupation ceilings and the number of invitations issued for each occupation up to the 11th November 2018 round at the following link:

The only change from the previous October 2018 invitation round was for the Electronics Engineer (2334) occupation grouping, where applicants were required to attain a minimum score of 75 points, an increase of 5 points compared with the October 2018 round. Minimum points scores required for all other occupation categories have remained the same as in the previous round.

State and Territory Government nominations

Invitations issued by State and Territory Governments for the subclass 489 and 190 visa programmes in October 2018 were as follows:

Subclass 190 visa6035324135103302230928
Subclass 489 visa021214504324670761


The most marked changes in the number of invitations issued between the months of September and October 2018 were for New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.

In New South Wales, there was a 29% increase in invitations issued in October 2018, rising from 437 invitations in September 2018, to 565 invitations issued in October 2018. Most of this increase was for invitations issued for the subclass 190 visa.

South Australia also saw an increase in invitations, rising from 360 in September 2018, to 535 invitations being issued in October 2018 (an increase of 49%). Most of this increase can be attributed to the subclass 489 visa.

For Victoria, the number of invitations issued decreased, from 285 invitations issued in September 2018, down to 230 invitations in October 2018.

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1st July 2018 to 31st October 2018 are listed below.

Subclass 190 visa2787581144652822171,24113,356
Subclass 489 visa07661152489573491042,449


Further Information

Please refer our article titled ‘Skillselect Invitation round August 2018’ for further information about the EOI process:

You can also find our article summarising the October 2018 invitation results at the following link: