SkillSelect

Skilled migration news – March 2019

1. SkillSelect Update
  • The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) published the invitation round result up to 11 February 2019. Here are the summary for the first two rounds in 2019
  1. The minimum points to get an invitation remained at 70 points. The cut-off time was now up to 9 November 2018. Given that the number of invitations dropped by 1000 in February, we noted that only 32 applicants who got 70 points were received an EOI invitation in February compared with 848 applicants in January round. That means if you score 70 points, you will probably expect the waiting time will be much longer.

·         The total number of invitations offered:

 

Jan 2019

Feb 2019

Subclass 189

2490

1490

Subclass 489

10

10

 

 

The top 10 occupations to receive an invitation (non pro-rata occupations) in these two rounds are as follows:

 

Occupations

Occupation ID

No. of EOI invitations

1

Registered Nurses

2544

277

2

Civil Engineering Professionals

2332

249

3

Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists

2621

214

4

Electrical Engineers

2333

115

5

Other Medical Practitioners

2539

106

6

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

2633

92

7

Chemical and Materials Engineers

2331

69

8

Secondary School Teachers

2414

61

9

Architects and Landscape Architects

2321

49

10

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

2531

47

 

For the pro-rata occupations, we saw the minimum points were now increased to 75. The minimum requirement for Accountants was raised to 85 points. See the details in the table below:

Pro-rata arrangement occupations

Occupation ID

Number of invitation in current rounds

Minimum points currently processed

Minimum points processed in Dec 2018 round

Software and Applications Programmers

2613

930

75

70

Accountants

2211

480

85

80

Computer Network Professionals

2631

277

75

70

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

2335

227

75

70

ICT Business and Systems Analysts*

2611

187

75

75

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

2212

171

80

80

Other Engineering Professionals

2339

90

75

75

Electronics Engineers

2334

38

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 5-7 months

Subclass 190 (state nomination) around 8-10 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. Changes to occupation lists

The Home Affairs updated the skilled occupation lists on 11 March 2019. The changes include standardising the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) by making 30 occupations available to all visa subclasses. These occupations were previously accessible to Temporary Skill Shortages (TSS, subclass 482), Employer Nomination Scheme  (ENS, subclass 186) and training visa (subclass 407).

Regional employers are also benefit with the addition of 18 occupations to the Regional Occupation List (ROL).  

Newly added occupations to MLTSSL
  • Arts Administrator or Manager (ANZSCO code 139911)
  • Dancer or Choreographer (ANZSCO code 211112)
  • Music Director (ANZSCO code 211212)
  • Artistic Director (ANZSCO code 212111)
  • Tennis Coach (ANZSCO code 452316)
  • Footballer (ANZSCO code 452411)
  • Environmental Manager (ANZSCO code 139912)
  • Musician (Instrumental) (ANZSCO code 211213)
  • Statistician (ANZSCO code 224113)
  • Economist (ANZSCO code 224311)
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO code 233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO code 233612)
  • Engineering Professionals nec (ANZSCO code 233999)
  • Chemist (ANZSCO code 234211)
  • Food Technologist (ANZSCO code 234212)
  • Environmental Consultant (ANZSCO code 234312)
  • Environmental Research Scientist (ANZSCO code 234313)
  • Environmental Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234399)
  • Geophysicist (ANZSCO code 234412)
  • Hydrogeologist (ANZSCO code 234413)
  • Life Scientist (General) (ANZSCO code 234511)
  • Biochemist (ANZSCO code 234513)
  • Biotechnologist (ANZSCO code 234514)
  • Botanist (ANZSCO code 234515) 
  • Marine Biologist (ANZSCO code 234516)
  • Microbiologist (ANZSCO code 234517)
  • Zoologist (ANZSCO code 234518)
  • Life Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234599)
  • Conservator (ANZSCO code 234911)
  • Metallurgist (ANZSCO code 234912)
  • Meteorologist (ANZSCO code 234913)
  • Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec (ANZSCO code 234999)
  • University Lecturer (ANZSCO code 242111)
  • Multimedia Specialist (ANZSCO code 261211)
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec (ANZSCO code 261399)
  • Horse Trainer (ANZSCO code 361112)
-Occupations removed from SSL
Occupations removed from SSL list are as follows:
  • Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals (ANZSCO code 211499)
  • Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic (ANZSCO code 323215)
  • Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer (ANZSCO code 323316)
  • Chemical Plant Operator (ANZSCO code 399211)
  • Library Technician (ANZSCO code 399312)
Occupations transferred from SSL to MLTSSL:
  • Arts Administrator or Manager (ANZSCO code 139911)
  • Dancer or Choreographer (ANZSCO code 211112)
  • Music Director (ANZSCO code 211212)
  • Artistic Director (ANZSCO code 212111)
  • Footballer (ANZSCO code 452411)
  • Tennis Coach (ANZSCO code 452316)
Occupations added to ROL
Occupations transferred from SSL to ROL:
  • Aquaculture Farmer (ANZSCO code 121111)
  • Cotton Grower (ANZSCO code 121211)
  • Fruit or Nut Grower (ANZSCO code 121213)
  • Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus)/field crop grower (NZ) (ANZSCO code 121214)
  • Mixed Crop Farmer (ANZSCO code 121216)
  • Sugar Cane Grower (ANZSCO code 121217)
  • Crop Farmers nec (ANZSCO code 121299)
  • Beef Cattle Farmer (ANZSCO code 121312)
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer (ANZSCO code 121313)
  • Mixed Livestock Farmer (ANZSCO code 121317)
  • Deer Farmer (ANZSCO code 121314)
  • Goat Farmer (ANZSCO code 121315)
  • Pig Farmer (ANZSCO code 121318)
  • Sheep Farmer (ANZSCO code 121322)
  • Livestock Farmers nec (ANZSCO code 121399)
  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer (ANZSCO code 121411)
  • Dentist (ANZSCO code 252312)
  • Anaesthetist (ANZSCO code 253211)
Newly added occupations to the ROL list :
  • Deer Farmer (ANZSCO code 121314)
  • Goat Farmer (ANZSCO code 121315)
3. Changes in assessing authorities

Apart from changes to occupation lists, the Home Affairs also made changes in assessing authority of certain occupations.

Occupation

Previous assessing authority

New assessing authority

Family Support Worker (411713)

VETASSESS

The Australian Community Workers Association
(ACWA)

Residential Care Officer

(411715)

VETASSESS

ACWA

Disabilities Services Officer

(411712)

VETASSESS

ACWA

Podiatrist (252611)

Australian Podiatry Association or The
Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council 
(ANZPAC)

ANZPAC

State nomination updates

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

 Jan 2019Dec 2018Nov 2018Cumulative 2018/19
QLD7386166790
NSW1972933151,563
VIC2632221101,836
WA49291897
SA5393162590
TAS643066377
ACT143336361
NT281930191

 

Subclass 489

 Jan 2019Dec 2018Cumulative 2018/19
QLD3650382
NSW1101411,215
VIC13639
WA2310
SA1191851,558
TAS132112704
ACT000
NT2816188
Total4405134,096

South Australia (SA)

·         From 28 Feb 2019, the SA Government made some changes to its general skilled migration nomination policies with an aim to give greater nomination opportunities to those graduates from South Australia’s educational institutions. This includes;

§  Rewarding those international students who have been residing in SA since 2012 by offering state nomination for Provisional 489 visa.

§  Expanding the high performing graduate category for SA graduates. For those graduates with a bachelor’s degree or a masters by coursework after a South Australian bachelor’s degree, this work experience waiver required a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 6.0. This mark remains for those seeking nomination for a permanent 190 visa. For other students who scored a GPA of 5.20 to 5.99, the SA Government will offer Provisional visa nomination (subclass 489).

§  Removing the bachelor’s degree requirement for Chain Migration Policy. This means that a range of trade occupations that are in the Supplementary Skilled List but not on the State Nominated Occupation List is now possible for a state nomination for a Provisional 489 visa if they have eligible family in SA.  

·         The SA Government also updated its state nominated occupation list (SNOL) and Supplementary Skilled List (SSL) with effective from 15 March 2019.

·         3 occupations added to the SNOL are as follows:

§  Statistician (ANZSCO 224113),

§  Multimedia Specialist (ANZSCO 261211)

§  Software and Applications Programmers nec (ANZSCO 261399)  

·         5 occupations removed from the SNOL are as follows:

§  Chemical Plant Operator,

§  Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals,

§  Library Technician,

§  Watch and Clock Maker

§  Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic.

 

·      32 occupations were added to the Supplement Skills List (SSL)

For details, please refer to: https://migration.sa.gov.au/skilled-migrants/changes-to-immigration-sas-occupation-lists

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *