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Occupation Ceilings for 2016-17 Migration Program - Accountants OK, Registered Nurses Up and Builders and Engineers Drop

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Occupation Ceilings for 2016-17 Migration Program - Accountants OK, Registered Nurses Up and Builders and Engineers Drop

Occupation Ceilings for 2016-17 Migration Program - Accountants OK, Registered Nurses Up and Builders and Engineers Drop

Occupation Ceilings for 2016-17 Migration Program - Accountants OK, Registered Nurses Up and Builders and Engineers Drop

The Department has released the SkillSelect occupation ceilings for the programme year 2016-17.

An occupation ceiling is a limit on the number of invitations that can be issued through SkillSelect each year.

An occupation ceiling is applied to:

  • Skilled independent visas (subclass 189)
  • Skilled regional sponsored visas (subclass 489)

You won’t be invited to apply for one of these visas if your occupation has reached its ceiling. This information is generally placed in SkillSelect throughout the programme year.

Compared to 2015-2016, occupation ceilings in 2016-2017 have not changed much. However it is noted that a few occupations have registered an increase of more than 30% to its occupation ceiling.   

The table below shows the occupation ceilings for 2016-17. An occupation highlighted in yellow indicates a decrease compared to the previous year, green means an increase and white means the occupation ceiling is remaining the same as the previous year.

Some changes include:

  • ANZSCO Group 2713 Solicitors’ occupation ceiling has changed from 3252 to 5154 places; ANZSCO Group 3421 Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics' ceiling has changed from 1038 to 1701 places
  • Also ANZSCO Groups 1332 Engineering Managers and 2539 Medical Practitioners register an increase in places from 1014 to 1407 and 1000 to 1315 respectively.

The occupation ceiling for Accountants appears to be increased by more than 100%. However according to further clarification from the DIBP, the occupation ceiling of 4777 places for Accountants includes the number of Accountants that will be approved for BOTH the points tested visa (SkillSelect) AND employer sponsored visa subclasses. The occupation ceiling numbers for all other occupational categories are strictly for points tested visa subclasses only.

While we have not been provided with the detailed allocation of the numbers for Accountants between the points tested SkillSelect and employer sponsored visas as yet, it might be that the occupation ceiling for Accountants in the SkillSelect programme has decreased from the previous year.

Another interesting observation is that the occupation ceiling for Registered Nurses for 2015-2016 was 13872 but only 3133 places were filled in the programme year. For the 2016-2017 programme year DIBP has increased the occupation ceiling for Registered Nurses to 16346 places, even when the previous year's lower ceiling was not met. While Australia continues to need Registered Nurses to migrate to Australia, the high English requirements for registration may stop people from receiving an Invitation to Apply for this occupation. The high occupation ceiling though, means that nursing might be a good choice of study that leads to a skill that is in demand for the SkillSelect programme.

The majority of occupations did not meet their 2015-2016 occupation ceilings. The few occupations that met their planned ceilings include: Accountants, Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers, Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers, Other Engineering Professionals, ICT Business and Systems Analysts, Software and Applications Programmers and Computer Network Professionals. This means that if your nominated occupation is either Accounting, Engineering or IT related, it is very competitive to get an invitation. You will need to obtain higher points in the SkillSelect points test, to have a better chance of being selected to receive an Invitation to Apply. The higher your points, the more likely you will be selected. Alternatively if your nominated occupation is something other than the above, it should not be too difficult to receive an Invitation to Apply.

UPDATE - 29 June 2016

DIBP has clarified the ceiling value for Accountants in the 2016-17 programme year. It is now reflected as 2500 places in the table.

 

     

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Occupation ID

Description

Ceiling Value for 2015-2016

Result to date

Ceiling Value for 2016-2017

1331

Construction Managers

5640

110

5289

1332

Engineering Managers

1014

29

1407

1335​

Production Managers

3582

9

3368

1341

Child Care Centre Managers

1000

18

1000

1342

Health and Welfare Services Managers

1410

47

1177

2211

Accountants

2525

2525

2500

2212

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

1000

1000

1413

2241

Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

1000

89

1000

2245

Land Economists and Valuers

1000

42

1035

2312

Marine Transport Professionals

1000

56

1000

2321

Architects and Landscape Architects

1650

314

1391

2322

Cartographers and Surveyors

1000

67

1000

2331

Chemical and Materials Engineers

1000

589

1000

2332

Civil Engineering Professionals

2970

1333

2174

2333

Electrical Engineers

1230

680

1254

2334

Electronics Engineers

1000

977

1000

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

1788

1788

1539

2336

Mining Engineers

1000

249

N/A

2339

Other Engineering Professionals

1000

1000

1000

2341

Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

1000

162

1000

2346

Medical Laboratory Scientists

1362

162

1602

2347

Veterinarians

1000

90

1000

2349

Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

1000

37

1000

2411

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

1980

212

1822

2414

Secondary School Teachers

8352

570

8032

2415

Special Education Teachers

1158

27

1126

2512

Medical Imaging Professionals

1092

113

1000

2513

Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals

1578

94

1000

2514

Optometrists and Orthoptists

1000

35

1000

2521

Chiropractors and Osteopaths

1000

33

1000

2524

Occupational Therapists

1000

102

1000

2525

P​​hysiotherapists

1104

151

1345

2526

Podiatrists

1000

34

1000

2527

Speech Professionals and Audiologists

1000

66

1000

2531

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

3558

387

3495

2532

Anaesthetists

1000

44

1000

2533

Internal Medicine Specialists

1000

50

1000

2534

Psychiatrists

1000

33

1000

2535

Surgeons

1000

24

1000

2539

Other Medical Practitioners

1000

696

1315

2541

Midwives

1000

45

1017

2544

Registered Nurses

13872

3133

16346

2611

ICT Business and Systems Analysts

1536

1536

1482

2613

Software and Applications Programmers

5364

5364

5662

2631

Computer Network Professionals

1986

1986

1426

2633

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

1000

756

1000

2711

Barristers

1000

4

1000

2713

Solicitors

3252

284

5154

2723

Psychologists

1212

98

1532

2725

Social Workers

2166

209

1783

3122

Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1000

82

1000

3123

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1000

37

1000

3132

Telecommunications Technical Specialists

1000

26

1000

3211

Automotive Electricians

1000

10

1000

3212

Motor Mechanics

6108

166

5597

3222

Sheetmetal Trades Workers

1000

8

1000

3223

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

4416

55

4466

3232

Metal Fitters and Machinists

8070

83

6677

3233

Precision Metal Trades Workers

1000

2

1000

​3241

​Panelbeaters

1134

3

1000

3311

Bricklayers and Stonemasons

1656

50

1751

3312

Carpenters and Joiners

7290

172

7718

3322

Painting Trades Workers

2802

37

2871

3331

Glaziers

1000

1

1000

3332

Plasterers

1866

14

2149

3334

Wall and Floor Tilers

1284

4

1475

3341

Plumbers

5130

92

5169

3411

Electricians

8772

182

9345

3421

Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

1038

27

1701

3422

Electrical Distribution Trades Workers

1000

10

1000

3423

Electronics Trades Workers

2076

50

1993

3513

Chefs

2475

149

2854

3941

Cabinetmakers

1530

2

1568

3991

​Boat Builders and Shipwrights

​1000

4

N/A

4112

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists

1000

59

1000

This information is accurate on 28 June 2016

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