Skill Select Invitation Round – 11 September 2019

The Department of Home Affairs has published the results from the latest Skill Select invitation round, which took place on 11 September 2019. This data applies to points-tested skilled visas and business visas.

Total invitations issued

The number of invitations issued to date in the 2019/20 migration programme year are listed 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

1,200

Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) (Family Sponsored) visa

100

100

100

300

Total

1,100

200

200

1,500

The information noted in the above table for the subclass 489 visa is for the family-sponsored stream only. State Sponsorship invitations (including for the Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa) are issued separately by each State and Territory Government (further information is provided below).

The number of invitations issued for both Subclass 189 and 489 visas in the September 2019 round have remained unchanged since the previous month. 

Points score cut-offs

The following minimum point scores were required to receive an invitation in the September monthly round (applicants are ranked according to their points score, from highest to lowest).

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

Date of effect (last invited applicant)

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

85

3rd August 2019

Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa*

85

15th August 2019


*This information applies to the family-sponsored stream only. State Sponsored nominations are issued by State and Territory Governments throughout the month (August 2019 monthly results are provided later in this article).

A new invitation ranking system will apply from 16 November 2019. For more information, see our article on the New Skilled Regional Visas to be introduced.

How to interpret this data?

The ‘Date of effect’ refers to the last date when successful applicants submitted their Expression of Interest (EOI), which was 3rd August 2019 for the subclass 189 visa in this latest invitation round. The minimum points score required to secure an invitation remained unchanged compared with the August 2019 invitation round. The wait time to receive an invitation has increased from approximately 10 days to 5 ½ weeks.

Subclass 489 visa EOI applicants who achieved at least 85 points and who submitted their EOI by 15th August 2019 secured an invitation in this latest round. This is a 5-point increase compared with the previous invitation round. The wait time to receive an invitation has seen a reduction compared with the August 2019 round, decreasing from approximately 29 to 4 weeks.

As this data shows, it remains the case that the cut-off point scores required to secure an invitation in the September 2019 round were well above the minimum 65 points needed to validly lodge an EOI for both subclass 189 and 489 EOI applicants.

The 11th September round was the last opportunity for EOI applicants to secure an invitation for the Subclass 489 Family Sponsored Visa, with the program to close from 16 November 2019.

Invitations issued based on points score in the September round are listed below.

Points score for invited applicants

Number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa

Number of invitations issued for the subclass 489 visa*

85

39

52

90

19

48

95

41

0

100

1

0

Total

100

100


*This information applies to the family-sponsored stream only.

Invitations issued to subclass 189 EOI applicants decreased in the 85 and 90 points score bands and increased in the 95 band. There was also one invitation issued in the 100 points score band (and nil in the 105 band, which saw one invitation issued in the previous month). The majority of invitations were issued to applicants who scored 95 points. In the previous month, the bulk of invitations were issued in the 85 points score band (60%).

For subclass 489 visa EOI applicants, invitations decreased in the 85 points score band and increased in the 90 points score band. Most invitations issued in the September 2019 round were in the 85 points score band.

Occupations

Invitations issued for the most popular skilled occupations (where the number of places allocated falls short of demand) are outlined in the table below. To ensure a more consistent and even spread of invitations across the year, invitations are pro-rated for these occupations. Subclass 189 visa EOI applicants are ranked first, with the remainder of places (if any) being allocated to subclass 489 visa EOI applicants. Occupations ceilings do not apply to State Sponsored, Employer Sponsored or Business Visas.

Occupation (ANZSCO code)

Visa Subclass

Minimum points score required in the September 2019 invitation round

Date of effect

Invitations issued to 11th September 2019

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

Accountants (2211)

Subclass 189

95

5th September 2019

113

2,746

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)

Subclass 189

85

3rd August 2018

65

1,552

Electronics Engineer (2334)

Subclass 489

85

28th May 2019

42

1,000

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

Subclass 189

95

10th September 2019

67

1,600

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

40

1,000

Subclass 189

95

27th August 2019

Subclass 489

85

3rd June 2018

ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)

107

2,587

Subclass 189

85

8th July 2019

Subclass 489

90

23rd August 2019

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

361

8,748

Subclass 189

85

3rd August 2019

Subclass 489

85

5th July 2019

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

103

2,553

Subclass 189

85

10th July 2019

Subclass 489

85

13th August 2019

How to interpret this data?

To illustrate what the above data represents, we take as an example the nominated occupation category of Computer Network Professionals (ANZSCO code 2631). The information shows that both Subclass 189 and 489 EOI applicants needed to have at least 85 points and must have submitted their EOI by 10th July and 13th August 2019 respectively, to have received an invitation in the September 2019 round. The data also shows that there are a total of 2,553 places available for this occupation category in the current year. So far this year, 103 invitations have been issued, leaving 2,450 places left to be allocated for the remainder of 2019/20 (ending on 30 June 2020).

Further information on occupation ceilings and invitations issued for each nominated occupation category (including for non-pro-rated occupations) up to 11th September 2019 is available 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 489 and 190 visa programmes in August 2019 are listed in the following table.

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

106

237

85

34

53

32

96

13

656

Subclass 489 visa

0

507

96

49

1,481

410

18

9

2,570

Total

106

744

181

83

1,534

442

114

22

3,226

Nominations increased in most jurisdictions in August compared with July 2019.

Increases were seen in NSW (which more than tripled), NT (which rose from 5 to 181 overall invitations), QLD (which increased from less than 5 to 83 nominations overall), SA (which saw a massive jump from 318 to 1,534 in total invitations issued, the majority being for the Subclass 489 visa), TAS (rising 20% overall) and VIC (which rose by approximately 90% overall). The ACT and WA experienced a reduction in nominations issued during the month (falling 23% and 53% respectively in overall invitations issued).

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1st July 2019 to 31st August 2019 are listed below.

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

243

263

85

34

190

107

152

56

1,130

Subclass 489 visa

0

649

101

50

1,662

703

19

13

3,197

Total

243

912

186

84

1,852

810

171

69

4,327

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 can be accessed 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 August 2019 invitation results at the following link:

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

Sources/Links:

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

https://paxmigration.com.au/skill-select-invitation-round-11-august-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://paxmigration.com.au/skilled-regional-visas/