SkillSelect
Skilled Select
1. SkillSelect Update

The latest invitation round was conducted on 11 September 2018. The results were as follows:

·        Same as the previous round, there were 2500 invitations offered, 2490 were allocated to subclass 189 visa while the remaining ten were for subclass 489 EOI applicants. 

·       The minimum points to get an invitation remains at 70 points.

·       The allocation mix between non-prorata and protata is 33:67 

The top 10 occupations to receive an invitation (non-prorata occupations) are as follows:

 

Occupations

No. of EOI invitations

1

Registered Nurses

120

2

Civil Engineering Professionals

109

3

Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists

91

4

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

69

5

Electrical Engineers

56

6

Other Medical Practitioners

44

7

Management Consultant

34

8

Chemical and Materials Engineers

31

9

Secondary School Teachers

29

10

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

21

10

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

21

 

For the prorata occupations, we see that the minimum points for Electronics Engineers were lowered by 5 points while the points for others remain at previous level.  Please refer to the table below for details: 

 

Prorata arrangement occupations

Number of invitation in current round

Minimum points currently processed

Minimum points processed in previous round

Software and Applications Programmers

650

75

75

Accountants

336

80

80

Computer Network Professionals

194

70

70

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

159

70

70

ICT Business and Systems Analysts*

131

75

75

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

120

80

80

Other Engineering Professionals

63

75

75

Electronics Engineers

27

70

75

 

2. Estimated processing time

According to the DHA, the estimated visa application processing time as of 19 September 2018 for the following visas are as follows:

Subclass 189 (points-tested stream) around 9-11 months

Subclass 190 (state nomination) around 6-8 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.

3. State nomination updates

State nomination statistics for subclass 190 

The DHA has published the latest state/territory nomination statistics for the new program year as follows:

 

 

Aug 2018

July 2018

From July 2018 – Aug 2018

QLD

109

73

182

NSW

173

4

177

VIC

292

442

734

WA

1

0

1

SA

78

60

138

TAS

132

22

154

ACT

66

90

156

NT

35

25

60

Total

886

716

1602

State nomination requirement changes

Queensland (QLD)

QLD removed the Accountant (General) (221111) from all the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists on 17 September 2018 due to high volume of EOI received and the quotas have been filled.

 

Victoria (VIC)

The VIC Government launched new state nomination procedures for certain streams / occupations starting from 10 September 2018. Changes include:

1) A 12-week processing time was introduced to international PhD graduates and the previous two-week fast track processing service was cancelled; and 

2) Expended “invitation-only” procedures to 457 visa holders and applicants holding valid job offers. Exemptions applied to the eligible applicants under the existing Recent Graduate pathway.

 

Western Australia (WA)

On 25 September 2018, the WA government introduced a new Graduate stream for eligible university graduates who have studied for at least two years in Western Australia at a Western Australian university, and have an available occupation on the new Graduate occupation list for the intended visa subclass. For details, please visit: https://www.migration.wa.gov.au/Pages/Skilled%20Migration%20WA/State-nomination-requirements.aspx

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