SkillSelect

Skilled migration news- May 2018

1. SkillSelect Update

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has conducted two invitation rounds on 9th and 23rd May respectively.

The number of invitation remained at 305 in each round. 300 were allocated to subclass 189 visa while the remaining five were for subclass 489 EOI applicants. We expect this trend will continue in the coming rounds till the end of the current financial year. 

It is worth noting that the minimum points to get an invitation further increased to 75. The table below set out the allocation of invitations by point score in May’s rounds (for subclass 189 only).

For 9 May round, DHA continued to clear most of the backlogs for the pro-rata arrangement occupations, such as Software and Application Programmers, Accountants, Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers and ICT Business and System Analysts,. The invitations allocated to these pro-rata arrangement occupations accounted for approximately 58% of the total invitations of this round.

Among the non pro-rata occupations, Other Medical Practitioners (21), Registered Nurses (13), Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists (11) and Civil Engineering Professionals (10) were the four types of occupations which received the most invitations.

 

For 23 May round, the proportion allocated to non pro-rata applicants accounted for around 40%. Registered Nurses (15), Other Medical Practitioners (14), Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists (14) and Telecommunications Engineering Professionals were the top four non pro-rata occupation which received the most invitations. 

Estimated waiting time

Based on our analysis, the estimated waiting time for non-rata arrangement occupations is set out below:

Points

Approx. waiting time for those who reached the points

75+

Next round

75

Next round

70

Min. 7 months

65

Min. 12 months

60

Min. 18 months

 

Please note that the above analysis is based on the assumptions that the number of invitation and invitation rounds are maintained at current level.

 

The table below shows the latest estimated waiting time for pro-rata arrangement occupations.

 

Occupation

Required points

Total invitations issued for 23 May round

Quota filled up

Remaining quota (%)

Approx. Waiting time for those who reached the required points

Accountants (2211)

80

45

2768

2017(42%)

18 weeks

Auditors (2212)

80

12

974

353 (27%)

15 weeks

Electronics Engineers (2334)

75

8

485

515 (52%)

Next round

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

75

22

1,155

1,023 (47%)

Next round

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

75

9

624

376 (38%)

8 weeks

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

75

58

3513

2,689 (43%)

9 weeks

ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)

75

15

1,150

424(27%)

14 weeks

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

75

12

739

579 (44%)

5 weeks

The table below sets out some Hong Kong popular occupations with low filled up rate. All of them are not under pro-rata arrangement.

Occupation

Quota for the financial year

No. of invitations up-to-date for 2017/18

Filled up rate (%)

Architects and Landscape Architects

1,474

124

8.4

Civil Engineering Professionals

3,296

423

12.8

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

2,639

61

2.3

Secondary School Teachers

7,910

197

2.5

Occupational Therapists

1,109

32

2.9

Physiotherapists

1,464

50

3.4

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

3,495

160

4.6

Registered Nurses

16,741

802

4.8

Psychologists

1,750

27

1.5

Social Workers

1,562

118

7.6

Processing time

 

According to the DHA, the estimated visa application processing time as of 15 May 2018 for the following visas are as follows:

Subclass 189 (points-tested stream) around 8 – 9 months

Subclass 190 (state nomination) around 6 – 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. Possible changes to occupation lists on 1 July 2018

The Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for regularly reviewing the skilled migration occupation lists to ensure they meet Australia’s labour market needs. The Department has recently published a Traffic Bulletin which listed out the flagged occupations to be removed or changes. The details are summarised as follows.

Red light - occupations for possible removal (from STSOL to OFF)
  • Manufacturer (ANZSCO 133411)
  • Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) 212312
  • Film and Video Editor 212314
  • Program Director (Television or Radio) 212315
  • Stage Manager 212316
  • Technical Director 212317
  • Video Producer 212318
  • Middle School Teacher  241311
  • Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic 323215
  • Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer 323316
  • Cabler (Data and Telecommunications) 342411
  • Telecommunications Linesworker  342413
  • Chemical Plant Operator 399211
  • Library Technician 399312
  • Residential Care Officer 411715
  • Insurance Loss Adjuster 599612
  • Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals NEC 211499
Orange light - occupations for possible move from Medium Long Term Strategic List (MLTSSL) to Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
  • Management Accountant (ANZSCO: 221112)
  • Agricultural Consultant 234111
  • Civil Engineering Technician 312212 
Yellow light - occupation for possible move from STSOL to MLTSSL
  • Footballer 452411
Purple light - occupation for possible move from STSOL to Regional Occupation List (ROL)
  • Dentist 252312
  • Anaesthetist 253211
3. State nomination update

Tasmania

Retail Pharmacist  (ANZSCO 251513) Hospital Pharmacist (ANZSCO 251511) are now removed from the state occupation list.

 

State nomination statistics for subclass 190 and state requirement updates

The latest state nomination statistics are as follows:

 

April 2017

March 2017

From July 2017 – April 2018

QLD

89

97

933

NSW

256

583

2590

VIC

278

394

2678

WA

0

0

0

SA

68

44

767

TAS

41

189

593

ACT

100

159

719

NT

14

37

221

Total

846

1503

8501

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