The Department has (finally) published its results from the latest invitation round that occurred on 11th October 2018. We have summarised these results below, to assist you in assessing the likely timeframes and minimum points scores required to secure an invitation for the following skilled visa subclasses:
- Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
- Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa
- Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa
Total invitations issued
Invitations issued for each round of the current 2018/19 migration programme year, as well as the total number of invitations issued this year to date, are listed below.
|Visa subclass||July 2018||August 2018||September 2018||October 2018||Total issued so far in 2018/19|
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||1,000||2,490||2,490||4,340||10,320|
|Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa||10||10||10||10||40|
There has been a significant increase in the number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa, rising 74% since the last invitation round on 11th September 2018.
Invitations issued for the Subclass 489 visa remain unchanged since the 22nd November 2017 round, with 10 invitations issued in October 2018. This ongoing trend signals that a maximum of 120 invitations will be issued for this visa class in the 2018/19 migration year.
Points score cut-offs
To receive an invitation in the 11th October round, the following minimum points scores were required:
|Visa subclass||Minimum points score||Date of effect (last invited applicant)|
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||70||2nd September 2018|
|Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa||80||20th June 2018|
These minimum points scores have remained unchanged since the September 2018 invitation round. As was the case in the previous round, the minimum number of points required to receive an invitation exceeds the 65 points minimum threshold which must be attained to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI).
The ‘Date of effect’ in the above table refers to the last date when invitation recipients in the October 2018 round attained their points score (which is when their EOI was submitted). The table shows that applicants for the subclass 189 visa who had attained a minimum points score of 70 and who lodged their EOI by 2nd September 2018 received an invitation in the October 2018 round.
In the case of the subclass 489 visa, applicants received an invitation in the October 2018 round if they attained a minimum score of 80 points and had submitted their EOI by 20th June 2018.
This data shows that the wait time to receive an invitation is now approximately 1 month for the subclass 189 visa, which is an improvement on the September round, where the wait time was closer to 2-3 months.
In contrast, the wait time for subclass 489 visa invitations has increased since the previous round, rising from approximately 2 months in September 2018, to an average of 3-4 months in the October 2018 invitation round.
Invitations issued in the 11th October 2018 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|
The number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa increased for applicants in all points’ score bands. The largest increases were for applicants attaining 70 points, rising from 605 invitations being were issued in the September 2018 round, to 1913 invitations in the latest round.
Applicants scoring above 85 points also saw a substantial increase in the number of invitations issued, rising from just over 5 invitations in the last invitation round, to 162 invitations being issued in October 2018.
The results for the most in-demand skilled occupations for the 2018/19 program year are listed below.
|Occupation (ANZSCO code)||Minimum points score required in the Oct 2018 invitation round||Date of effect||Occupation ceiling for the 2018/19 year|
|Accountants (2211)||80||6th July 2018||3,753|
|Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)||80||10th June 2018||1,342|
|Electronics Engineer (2334)||70||13th December 2017||300|
|Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)||70||5th April 2018||1,780|
|Other Engineering Professionals (2339)||75||26th August 2018||700|
|ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)||75||27th July 2018||1,466|
|Software and Applications Programmers (2613)||70||17th January 2018||7,271|
|Computer Network Professionals (2631)||70||24th May 2018||2,167|
To illustrate how to interpret the information in the above table, if we look at the data for the nominated occupation of Electronics Engineer (2334), it shows that in the October 2018 round, applicants with a points score of 80 or above who had submitted their EOI up to 6th July 2018 received an invitation. The data also shows that there are 300 available places for this occupation in the current program year.
The only occupation for which the minimum points score required to secure an invitation in the latest round changed was for Software and Applications Programmers (2613), decreasing from 75 points in the September 2018 round to 70 points in October 2018. Minimum points scores required for all other occupations listed above remained unchanged 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 October 2018 are set out in the table below.
|Subclass 190 visa||62||228||30||148||41||33||284||0||826|
|Subclass 489 visa||0||209||27||54||319||101||1||2||713|
The largest changes in the number of invitations issued between the months of August and September 2018 were for New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.
In New South Wales, there was a 35% increase in invitations issued in September 2018, rising from 322 invitations in August 2018, to 437 invitations issued in September 2018.
South Australia also saw an increase in invitations, rising from 220 in August 2018, to 360 invitations being issued in September 2018 (an increase of 64%). Invitations for the subclass 489 visa accounted for the majority of the increase.
For Tasmania, the number of invitations issued in August 2018 decreased, from 301 invitations issued in August 2018, down to 134 invitations for September 2018.
The total number of invitations issued from 1st July 2018 to 30th September 2018 are listed below.
|Subclass 190 visa||218||405||90||330||179||187||1,018||1||2,428|
|Subclass 489 visa||0||554||101||198||525||303||3||4||1,688|
Please refer 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 September 2018 invitation results at the following link: https://paxmigration.com.au/skillselect-invitation-update-september-2018/