The Department of Home Affairs (the Department) has released the Skill Select results for the 14 July 2020 invitation round. 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 previously been released showing the number of nominations approved by State and Territory Governments in June 2020. To see a summary of this data for the following skilled visa subclasses, please refer to our article on the Skill Select Invitation Round – 11 June 2020:

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

Links to information on the number of invitations issued for the following business visas in the month of June 2020 have also been published:

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

Please refer to our article on the Skill Select Invitation Round – 11 June 2020 for further information and links.

Data on State and Territory nominations approved in the month of July 2020 are expected to be released when the Skill Select Invitation Round for August 2020 are published.

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, June and July 2020.*

Invitation round results

Total invitations issued

The total number of invitations issued in July 2020 are set out in the table below. This marks the first invitation round for the 2020/21 migration programme year.

Visa subclass July 2020 August 2020 September 2020 October 2020 November 2020 December 2020 January 2021 February 2021 March 2021 April






Total issued in 2020/21
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)


500   500
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored*


100   100


600                       600

*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.

Invitations issued for the Subclass 189 visa in the July round have substantially increased from the previous month, rising from only 170 invitations in June, compared with 500 issued in the current round.

For the Subclass 491 visa – Family Sponsored stream, there was also an increase in invitations issued for the month, with 100 issued in this round compared with only 30 in June 2020.

The results this month are similar to what we saw in May 2020 (when 550 and 100 invitations were issued for the subclass 189 and 491 visa respectively). This follows a big fall in June, especially for the subclass 189 visa when only 170 invitations were issued for the month. These changes and variations are to be expected given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.

Points score cut-off

Expression of Interest (EOI) applicants required the following minimum points scores to receive an invitation in the July 2020 round.


Visa subclass Minimum points score Date of effect month (last invited applicant)
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 90 July 2020
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored


95 May 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 needed to secure an invitation for the subclass 189 visa in the July 2020 round increased by 5 points compared with the previous invitation round, at 90 points. The last invited applicant submitted an EOI in July 2020, which means EOI applicants who achieved a score of at least 90 points and who lodged their EOI as late as July 2020 (up to 14 July) were issued an invitation.

The minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 491 visa increased by 25 points this month compared with the previous month. The results show that Subclass 491 visa EOI applicants who achieved a minimum points score of 95 and who submitted their EOI by May 2020 were issued an invitation in July. This represents a wait time of approximately two months.

This data reflects an upward movement in the points score required to secure an invitation, after initially falling in the May and June rounds. This marks a return to what we had seen for a substantial period (before May) with a trend whereby a significantly higher points score was required to secure an invitation for both subclass 189 and 491 EOI applicants.

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

Invitations issued for the most in-demand occupations

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

It appears to be the case that invitations were issued only for selected occupations, as shown in the table.

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

The following data has been published this month:

Occupation (ANZSCO code) Visa Subclass Minimum points score required in the 14 Jul 2020 invitation round Latest date of effect month Invitations issued to 14 Jul 2020* Occupation ceiling for the 2020/21 year (maximum number of invitations available)
Accountants (2211) 189/491 N/A N/A 0 1,000
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212) 189/491 N/A N/A 0 1,619
Electronics Engineer (2334)   189 90 December 2019
Electronics Engineer (2334)   491 95 May 2020
  Less than 20 1,000
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335) 189 N/A N/A
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335) 491 95 November 2019
  48 2,682
Other Engineering Professionals (2339)       189 N/A N/A
Other Engineering Professionals (2339)       491 95 November 2019
  Less than 20 1,000
ICT Business and System Analysts (2611) 189/491 0 2,273
Software and Applications Programmers (2613)       189/491 N/A N/A 0 8,405
Computer Network Professionals (2631)       189/491 N/A N/A 0 2,245

*Please note these are total invitations issued across the subclass 189 and 491 Family Sponsored visas for July 2020. The Department does not release figures to show the break-up of invitations issued between these two visa subclasses. Occupation ceilings also do not apply to State and Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

You can find more information on occupation ceilings and invitations issued for each nominated occupation category (including for non-pro-rated occupations) up to 14 July 2020, at the following link:

Further Information

Please refer to our article on the Skillselect 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 – 11 June 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

Skill Select Results