Skill Select results for the 25 May 2020 invitation round have been published by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department). They apply to the following points-based skilled visas:

  • Subclass 189 Skilled – Independent visa; and
  • Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Family Sponsored visa.

Links to data on the number of nominations approved by State and Territory Governments are provided below for the following skilled visas:

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

You will also find links to invitations issued for the following business visas below in this article:

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

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 and June 2020.*

Invitation round results

Total invitations issued

The total number of invitations issued so far in the 2019/20 migration programme year are as follows.

Visa subclass July 2019 August 2019 September 2019 October 2019 November 2019 December 2019 January 2020 February 2020 March 2020 April






Total issued in 2019/20
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)


1,000 100 100 1,500 250 250 1,000 1,000 1,750 50 550   7,550
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored*


200 300 500 300 50 100   1,450


1,000 100 100 1,500 250 450 1,300 1,500 2,050 100 650   9,000

*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 (see below for more information).

Invitations issued for the Subclass 189 visa in the May round have increased substantially compared with the previous round, with 550 invitations being issued. This is up by 500 since April.

For the Subclass 491 visa – Family Sponsored stream, there was a small increase in invitations issued for the month, with 100 issued in this round compared with 50 in April 2020. The April round saw the lowest number of invitations issued since the Subclass 491 visa programme commenced in November 2019 (and for which invitations first began to be issued in the December 2019 round).

Given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, these changes and variations are to be expected. 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. The increased number of invitations issued this month (although small for the subclass 491 visa) are, nevertheless, a welcome development.

Points score cut-off

Applicants submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) were required to score the following minimum points to receive an invitation in the May 2020 round.


Visa subclass Minimum points score Date of effect month (last invited applicant)
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 85 December 2019
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored


70 March 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 the date of effect). EOI’s submitted with earlier dates of effect are invited first.

According to the published data, the minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 189 visa in the May 2020 round decreased by 10 points compared with the previous invitation round (when 95 points were required to secure an invitation). The last invited applicant submitted an EOI in December 2019. This is a wait time of approximately 5 months.

The minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 491 visa also decreased this month, falling by 25 points compared with the previous month. This represents a huge fall and one we have not seen previously for this visa subclass. The results show that Subclass 491 visa EOI applicants who achieved a minimum points score of 70 and who submitted their EOI by March 2020 were issued an invitation in the May round. The wait time was two months.

This data sees a significant drop in the points score required to secure an invitation, a trend we have not seen in some time. What we had seen for a substantial period (before this round) was a trend whereby a significantly higher points score was required to secure an invitation, compared with the minimum 65 points that is required to validly lodge an EOI, for both subclass 189 and 491 EOI applicants. This is a welcome change in May, especially for the subclass 491 visa, where this difference is now only 5 points (70 compared with the required 65 to validly lodge an EOI). For subclass 189 applicants, the difference is larger (20 points) but nevertheless, a smaller difference than has been the case in recent months.

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.

A significant change in the May round is that the number of invitations issued based on points score have not been released (this data had been published in previous rounds).

Invitations issued for the most in-demand occupations

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

It appears to be the case that invitations were not issued for these occupations in May (as indicated by ‘N/A’), which follows that all invitations in May have been issued for non-pro-rated occupations.

The following data has been released this month:

Occupation (ANZSCO code) Visa Subclass Minimum points score required in the 25 May 2020 invitation round Latest date of effect month Occupation ceiling for the 2019/20 year (maximum number of invitations available)
Accountants (2211) 189/491 N/A N/A 2,746
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212) 189/491 N/A N/A 1,552
Electronics Engineer (2334)   189/491 N/A N/A 1,000
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335) 189/491 N/A N/A 1,600
Other Engineering Professionals (2339)       189/491 N/A N/A 1,000
ICT Business and System Analysts (2611) 189/491 N/A N/A 2,587
Software and Applications Programmers (2613)       189/491 N/A N/A 8,748
Computer Network Professionals (2631)       189/491 N/A N/A 2,553


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

State and Territory Government nominations

You can access the latest monthly and aggregate data for nominations issued by State and Territory Governments for sponsored skilled visas at the following link:

Business visas

You can access the latest monthly and aggregate data for nominations issued by State and Territory Governments for points-based business visas 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 April 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