Skill Select Invitation Round – 11 November 2019

The Department of Home Affairs (the Department) has published the results for the latest Skill Select invitation round, which took place on 11 November 2019. Invitations have been issued only for the Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa in this round.

As a result of the closure of the Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa, invitations are no longer being issued for this visa subclass, which has been replaced by the Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa as of 16 November 2019.

Total invitations issued

The number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa 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

2,950

Total

1,000

100

100

1,500

250

2,950

Invitations issued for the Subclass 189 visa in the latest round decreased compared with the previous month, falling from 1,500 invitations in October 2019, to 250 in November (representing a fall of 83%).

Points score cut-off

The following minimum points score was required to secure an invitation in the November 2019 round.

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

Date of effect (last invited applicant)

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

85

31st October 2019

Each applicant is ranked based on their points score (from highest to lowest) to 15 November 2019. This changed from 16 November 2019 with the introduction of a new invitation ranking system. Please refer to our article on the New Skilled Regional Visas to be introduced for further information about these changes.

These results show that the minimum points score required to secure an invitation for the subclass 189 visa in the latest round increased by 5 points compared with the October 2019 monthly round. The last invited applicant submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) on 31 October 2019. The wait time to receive an invitation in November 2019 decreased substantially, falling from 18 weeks to approximately 1 ½ weeks compared with the previous round.

The results this month continue the trend for the cut-off score to be significantly higher than the minimum 65 points score which is required to validly lodge an EOI.

Invitations issued based on points score in the November 2019 round were as follows.

Points score for invited applicants

Number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa

85

130

90

65

95

45

100

10

Total

250

Most Invitations were issued to EOI applicants in the 85 points score band (as was the case in the previous round), making up 52% of overall invitations issued for the month). Invitations issued in the 90 points score band accounted for 26% of the overall total, with the remaining 18% and 4% of invitations being issued in the 95 and 100 points score bands respectively. This also continues the trend of a gradual increase in the minimum points score which is required to secure an invitation for the Subclass 189 visa. This is a trend we are likely to see continue, with the Government’s increased focus on regional migration and the consequent reduction in places allocated to the Subclass 189 visa this year, falling from 34,247 visas granted last year, to a planned intake level of 16,652 in the current migration programme year. This represents a 51% decrease compared with the previous year.

Occupations

Invitations for occupations with the highest demand are pro-rated across the year to ensure a more even spread (this avoids available places all being filled up at the start of the year, so that applicants can still receive an invitation in the later parts of the year). Invitations issued in November 2019 to applicants in pro-rated skilled occupations are listed below.

Occupation (ANZSCO code)

Minimum points score required in the October 2019 invitation round

Date of effect

Invitations issued to 11th November 2019

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

Accountants (2211)

90

10 April 2019

246

2,746

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)

85

19 June 2018

140

1,552

Electronics Engineer (2334)

85

21 October 2019

78

1,000

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

95

10 November 2019

144

1,600

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

85

29 October 2019

88

1,000

ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)

85

23 October 2019

232

2,587

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

85

31 October 2019

779

8,748

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

85

28 October 2019

222

2,553

To explain what the above data means, we will consider the nominated occupation category of Software and Applications Programmers (ANZSCO code 2613). The information shows that subclass 189 EOI applicants required a minimum score of 85 points, and they must have submitted their EOI by 31 October 2019, to have secured an invitation in the November 2019 round. The data also shows that there are 8,748 total places available for this occupation category in the current year, of which 779 invitations have been issued to date. This leaves 7,969 places which are available to be allocated for the remainder of 2019/20 (ending on 30 June 2020).

Compared with the October 2019 monthly round, the points score needed to secure an invitation in all the above pro-rated occupation categories increased, with the exception of ANZSCO codes 2211 and 2212 (which remained the same). For the occupations which saw a rise this month, minimum cut-off scores increased by 10 points for ANZSCO code 2335, with the remainder increasing by 5 points compared with the previous month.

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 November 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 190 Skilled (Nominated) Visa programme in October 2019 are listed below. Nominations for the Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) State Sponsored visa were no longer being issued as of 11 September 2019.

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

163

257

14

253

238

140

181

136

1,382

Total

163

257

14

253

238

140

181

136

1,382

Nominations rose for the month in the ACT (41%) and in SA (38%), and there was a small increase in TAS (4%). QLD saw a huge rise (175%) and VIC also experienced a substantial increase (89%).

There was a significant decrease of 46% in the NT, and a more marginal 13% and 7% in WA and NSW respectively for nominations approved in October 2019.

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2019 to 30 October 2019 are set out below.

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

522

797

125

379

600

381

429

348

3,581

Total

522

797

125

379

600

38

429

348

3,581

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 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 October 2019 invitation results at the following link:

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

Sources/Links:

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

https://paxmigration.com.au/skill-select-invitation-round-11-october-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://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman/Pages/migration-program-focusing-regional-australia.aspx

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/migration-program-planning-levels