The results from the latest invitation round, which took place on 11 September 2018, have been released by the Department. We have prepared a summary of these results to help you to assess your prospects of a successful outcome and the expected timeframes you can expect the process to take for your own application.

Total invitations issued

The number of invitations issued for the current 2018/19 migration programme year and the number issued each month is shown in the table below.

Visa subclassJuly 2018August 2018September 2018Total issued so far in 2018/19
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)1000249024905980
Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa10101030

Note that there has been no change in the number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa between August and September 2018, which has remained constant at 2490.

There has also been no variation in the number of invitations issued for the subclass 489 visa compared to the last invitation round, remaining constant at 10 invitations per month. This has been the case since the 22nd November 2017 invitation round. If this trend continues, a total of 120 invitations are expected to be issued for this visa class for the 2018/19 migration year.

Points score cut-offs

The minimum points scores required to receive an invitation in the September 2018 round are shown in the table below:

Visa subclassMinimum points scoreDate of effect (last invited applicant)
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)7021st June 2018
Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa8010th July 2018

This data shows that the minimum points scores required for both visa subclasses have been above the minimum 65 points that is required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

The ‘Date of effect’ is the latest date when successful applicants in the September 2018 round achieved their points score (i.e. the date when they submitted their EOI). The above table shows that for the subclass 189 visa, applicants who lodged their EOI by 21st June 2018 with a minimum score of 70 points received an invitation in the September 2018 round. For the subclass 489 visa, applicants with 80 points or higher and who had submitted their EOI on or before 10th July 2018 received an invitation.

This information also shows that the current wait time to receive an invitation is approximately 2-3 months in the latest invitation round (note this has increased by about 1 month since the August 2018 round).

The number of invitations issued in the 11th September 2018 round based on points score is shown in the table below:

Points score for invited applicantsNumber of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visaNumber of invitations issued for the subclass 489 visa


There was a 27% reduction in the number of invitations issued to applicants with 70 points between the August and September rounds, decreasing from 834 invitations issued in the August round to 605 in the latest round.

Invitations issued to applicants with 75 points increased slightly, from 1,094 invitations in the previous round, to 1,202 in September.

The remainder of invitations were issued in greater number to higher scoring applicants with points above 75 in the September round when compared with August.

This data shows just how important it is for applicants to aim for the highest scores that they can achieve, to increase their chances of receiving an invitation. The process is very competitive, and anything you can do to improve your points score, whether that be improving your English, or gaining additional work experience, can help improve your chances of receiving an invitation.


The following table shows the results for the most popular skilled occupations for the 2018/19 program year:

Occupation (ANZSCO code)Minimum points score required in the Sep 2018 invitation roundDate of effectOccupation ceiling for the 2018/19 yearTotal invitations issued so far in 2018/19
Accountants (2211)8025th May 20183,753636
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)801st May 20181,342227
Electronics Engineer (2334)   7015th November 201730051
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)7018th January 20181,780301
Other Engineering Professionals (2339)       753rd July 2018700119
ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)7528th May 20181,466248
Software and Applications Programmers (2613)       7520th August 20187,2711,231
Computer Network Professionals (2631)       7017th January 20182,167367


To explain the above data, we refer you to the nominated occupation for accountants. It shows that in the September 2018 round, EOI’s submitted up to 25th May 2018 with a points score of 80 or above received an invitation. The table also shows that of the available 3,753 places for this occupation in the current year, 363 invitations have already been issued.

You can find a listing of all occupation ceilings and the number of invitations issued for each so far this migration year at the Department’s site.

The minimum points score required for the occupation of Electronics Engineer (2334) has decreased from 75 points in the August round, down to 70 points in September.

State and Territory Government nominations

The Department has also published the results for invitations issued by State and Territory Governments for the subclass 489 and 190 visa programmes.

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in August 2018:

Subclass 190 visa6617335109781322921886
Subclass 489 visa0149408414216911586


The table below shows the number of invitations issued from 1st July 2018 to 31st August 2018:

Subclass 190 visa1561776018213815473411,602
Subclass 489 visa03457414420620222975



What does this information mean for you?

The visa requirements are constantly changing, with the recent trend being a gradual tightening of visa grant requirements. One example of this is the increase in the minimum points scores required to lodge an EOI, rising from 60 to 65 points as of 1st July 2018. This was a significant change to the requirements and has likely had a significant impact on a great many numbers of potential applicants. The employer sponsorship programme has also recently undergone a raft of changes, resulting in added requirements for nomination and visa grant as well as higher costs to employers, thus likely making this pathway a less attractive option for potential applicants. This is likely to add further pressure to the skilled (independent) and skilled (state-sponsored) visa subclasses (as discussed in this article) with higher demand from a larger number of applicants.

It is therefore very important to be fully informed about the process and the changes made, and how this may impact on your application. The above data and analysis are a very useful tool for assessing and planning your own visa pathway as it allows you to identify what your prospects may be, based on your own individual circumstances, and the time frame in which you can expect to achieve a result. We hope this helps you in your planning and note that we are always available to discuss with you further and to provide advice tailed to your own individual circumstances.

For up to date advice on your eligibility to apply for an Australian skilled visa and the process for applying, book your confidential consultation with a migration agent in Adelaide. PAX Migration Australia is a leading immigration advice service based in Adelaide. We can prepare and lodge your application for you, ensuring that you submit a complete and correct application with the required supporting documentation, which will give you the best chance of a successful outcome. Call us today to find out more!