SkillSelect

Skilled Migration News – April 2019

Australian migration
1. SkillSelect Update

The Department of Home Affairs (“Home Affairs”) published the invitation round result up to 11 March 2019. The total number of invitations remained at 1500, while 1490 invitations were allocated to subclass 189 and the remaining 10 were for subclass 489.

The table below shows the points distribution for subclass 189 for this invitation round:

SkillSelect March 19 result

It is worth noting that the minimum points to get an invitation further increased to 75 and reached its record high. The cut-off time was now up to 8 March 2019. The allocation mix between non-pro-rata occupation and pro-rata occupation was 42:58.

 

Implications:

The Morrison government intends to reduce the quota for subclass 189 in the next program year, we expected that the minimum points to receive an invitation will be remained at 75 points or even higher in the foreseeable future. EOI applicants with 70 points or below are encouraged to seek professional advice as soon as possible to increase your points or alternative pathways to increase the chance to get an invitation before it is too late. 


The top ten occupations received an invitation (for non-pro rata allocation occupations only) were shown in the table:

 

Occupations

Occupation ID

No. of EOI invitations

1

Registered Nurses

2544

116

2

Civil Engineering Professionals

2332

85

3

Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists

2621

62

4

Other Medical Practitioners

2539

48

5

Architects and Landscape Architects

2321

46

6

Social Workers

2725

45

7

Medical Laboratory Scientists

2346

24

7

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

2633

24

9

Electrical Engineers

2333

23

10

Veterinarians

2347

20

For the pro-rata occupations, the minimum point to get an invitation remained the same in the current rounds. Minimum points for Accountants and Auditors remained at 85 points and 80 points respectively, while the minimum points for other pro-rata occupations levelled at 75. 

Pro-rata arrangement occupations

Occupation ID

Number of invitations in current rounds

Minimum points currently processed

Minimum points processed in previous round

Software and Applications Programmers

2613

349

75

75

Accountants

2211

180

85

85

Computer Network Professionals

2631

79

75

75

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

2335

85

75

75

ICT Business and Systems Analysts*

2611

70

75

75

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

2212

64

80

80

Other Engineering Professionals

2339

34

75

75

Electronics Engineers

2334

14

75

75

Processing time

According to the Home Affairs, the latest estimated visa application processing time for the following visas are as follows:

Subclass 189 (points-tested stream) around 6-7 months

Subclass 190 (state nomination) around 9-11 months

This is for indicative purpose only. Please bear in mind that processing times are impacted each month by changes in application volumes, seasonal peaks, complex cases, and incomplete applications.

2. State nomination update

State nomination statistics for subclasses 190 and 489

 

The Home Affairs has published the latest state/territory nomination statistics for the current program year as follows:

Subclass 190

 

Feb 2019

Jan 2019

Cumulative 2018/19

QLD

118

73

908

NSW

479

197

2,042

VIC

136

263

1,972

WA

31

49

128

SA

85

53

675

TAS

38

64

415

ACT

58

14

419

NT

25

28

216

Total

970

741

6,775

 

Subclass 489

 

Feb 2019

Jan 2019

Cumulative 2018/19

QLD

60

36

442

NSW

103

110

1,318

VIC

5

13

44

WA

4

2

14

SA

105

119

1,663

TAS

64

132

768

ACT

0

0

0

NT

23

28

211

Total

364

440

4,460

 

More States joined the Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) with the Home Affairs. 

In late March and early April 2019,  more regional area governments of various states joined the Northern Territory Government to enter into a five year DAMA agreement with the Federal Government. These regions and the DAMAs are:

  • Adelaide Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement (South Australia)– which focuses on Adelaide’s high-tech growth industries including defence, space, technology and advanced manufacturing industries.
  • South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement – which focuses on the South Australia’s regional high growth industries including agribusiness, forestry, health and social services, tourism and hospitality, construction and mining.
  • The Goldfields DAMA (Western Australia) – The Goldfields DAMA aims to attract skilled migrants to work and live in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Coolgardie, Kambalda, Leonora, Menzies, Kookynie and Ora Banda, allowing Goldfields employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers in specified industries that are currently experiencing critical skill and labour shortages.
  • The Orana Region in New South Wales DAMA will cover Dubbo Regional Council and Mid-Western Regional Council along with the Local Government Areas of Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Narromine, Walgett, Warren and Warrumbungle – will assist a range of industries including agriculture, health, hospitality and construction, helping to drive economic growth and fill critical employment gaps.
  • Victoria’s Great South Coast region DAMA will cover Warrnambool City Council – which focus on agriculture industry. 
  • The city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on the Goldfields (Western Australia)- It will assist a range of industries including mining, engineering, construction, childcare and health among others. 

  • These  DAMAs will utilise the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482). Businesses will enter into a labour agreement with the Australian Government and workers will then be granted a subclass 482 visa. 

To explore your visa options, please visit our website or complete a free online assessment and book for an initial assessment with our migration professional.

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