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2020 Australian Occupation Ceiling – How Many Places Left?

The Australian Occupations Ceilings are the maximum number of skilled immigrants who would be allowed to come to Australia in a specific career field on a skilled visa. Once the occupation ceiling for an occupation has been reached, no more invitations are issued for that occupation. 

We’ve already written a post describing the occupation ceiling for the 2019 – 2020 migration year however as we’re now more than halfway through the migration year, we thought it might be interesting to see how many invitations had been issued against each of the occupations in demand.

It’s worth noting that Occupation Ceilings do not apply to the following visa subclasses: 

  • State or Territory Nominated 
  • Employer-sponsored 
  • Business Innovation and Investment 

Australian Occupation Ceiling 2020

Here are the occupation ceilings for the program year 2019-2020:

Occ. ID  Description  Occupation Ceiling Value 2019-20  Invitations to 11/12/2019 
1213  Livestock Farmers  5,934  0 
1341  Child Care Centre Managers  1,000  0 
1331  Construction Managers  4,983  <5 
1332  Engineering Managers  1,000  <5 
1342  Health & Welfare Services Managers  1,785  0 
1399  Other Specialist Managers  3,044  0 
2111  Actors, Dancers & Other Entertainers  1,000  0 
2112  Music Professionals  1,000  0 
2121  Artistic Directors, & Media Producers and Presenters  1,098  0 
2211  Accountants*  2,746  280 
2212  Auditors, Company Secretaries & Corporate Treasurers*  1,552  159 
2241  Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians  1,000  15 
2243  Economists  1,000  <5 
2245  Land Economists and Valuers  1,000  <5 
2247  Management consultant  5,269  11 
2321  Architects and Landscape Architects  2,171  228 
2322  Cartographers and Surveyors  1,000  <5 
2331  Chemical and Materials Engineers  1,000  39 
2332  Civil Engineering Professionals  3,772  223 
2333  Electrical Engineers  1,000  146 
2334  Electronics Engineers*  1,000  90 
2335  Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*  1,600  164 
2336  Mining Engineers  1,000  14 
2339  Other Engineering Professionals*  1,000  100 
2341  Agricultural and Forestry Scientists  1,000  14 
2342  Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists  1,000  13 
2343  Environmental Scientists  1,472  <5 
2344  Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists  1,000  <5 
2345  Life Scientists  1,000  34 
2346  Medical Laboratory Scientists  1,505  5 
2347  Veterinarians  1,000  <5 
2349  Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals  1,000  7 
2411  Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers  2,294  12 
2414  Secondary School Teachers  8,052  12 
2415  Special Education Teachers  1,111  0 
2421  University Lecturers and Tutors  3,407  28 
2512  Medical Imaging Professionals  1,203  <5 
2514  Optometrists and Orthoptists  1,000  0 
2519  Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals  1,000  0 
2521  Chiropractors & Osteopaths  1,000  0 
2524  Occupational Therapists  1,082  <5 
2525  Physiotherapists  1,784  5 
2526  Podiatrists  1,000  0 
2527  Speech Professionals & Audiologists  1,000  <5 
2531  General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers  3,550  24 
2533  Internal Medicine Specialists  1,000  <5 
2534  Psychiatrists  1,000  0 
2535  Surgeons  1,000  <5 
2539  Other Medical Practitioners  1,250  23 
2541  Midwives  1,218  0 
2544  Registered Nurses  17,509  276 
2611  ICT Business & Systems Analysts*  2,587  255 
2612  Multimedia Specialists & Web Developers  1,000  18 
2613  Software & Applications Programmers*  8,748  858 
2621  Database & Systems Administrators & IT Security Specialists  2,887  131 
2631  Computer Network Professionals*  2,553  254 
2633  Telecommunications Engineering Professionals  1,000  134 
2711  Barristers  1,000  0 
2713  Solicitors  4,650  6 
2723  Psychologists  1,832  <5 
2725  Social Workers  2,128  50 
3122  Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians  1,000  18 
3123  Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians  1,000  <5 
3132  Telecommunications Technical Specialists  1,000  0 
3211  Automotive Electricians  1,000  <5 
3212  Motor Mechanics  6,399  <5 
3222  Sheetmetal Trades Workers  1,000  0 
3223  Structural Steel & Welding Trades Workers  3,983  <5 
3232  Metal Fitters & Machinists  7,007  0 
3233  Precision Metal Trades Workers  1,000  0 
3241  Panelbeaters  1,000  0 
3311  Bricklayers & Stonemasons  1,610  0 
3312  Carpenters & Joiners  8,536  0 
3322  Painting Trades Workers  3,330  <5 
3331  Glaziers  1,000  0 
3332  Plasterers  2,100  0 
3334  Wall & Floor Tilers  1,682  0 
3341  Plumbers  5,060  0 
3411  Electricians  8,624  <5 
3421  Airconditioning & Refrigeration Mechanics  1,851  0 
3422  Electrical Distribution Trades Workers  1,000  0 
3423  Electronics Trades Workers  1,313  <5 
3513  Chefs  2,738  10 
3611  Animal Attendants and Trainers  1,051  0 
3941  Cabinetmakers  2,112  0 
3991  Boat Builders and Shipwrights  1,000  0 
4523  Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials  4,071  0 
4524  Sportspersons  1,000  0 

Please remember, Although the ceiling gives a good indication of how ‘in demand’ an occupation is, ceilings should not be mistaken for the number of invites to be issued. The numbers are a ‘ceiling’ and it does not mean that these many invitations will be given.

Do these stats surprise you? Let us know in our comments.

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts!

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Zenyia O Donnell
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Zenyia O Donnell
8 months ago

Hi mark, I am interested in getting information about applying for the skilled visa. How do I go about doing this

Member
8 months ago

Seems crazy that the ceilings are set so much higher than the number of issued invitations, do you think this indicates that there is an administrative problem within the government? I cling to the hope that a floodgate will be opened somewhere and I will eventually get an invitation. After a three year’s of paperwork and waiting, I really need some closure.

haonam
Member
6 months ago

It seems difficult, my language is not very good

Member
7 months ago

How accurate is this information?
And with 75 points for 189, is there any hope of getting invite for 2613 skill catogery?

Maria Luisa Garzon
Guest
Maria Luisa Garzon
8 months ago

I’d like to apply as secondary school teacher since I’ve been working as such in the philippines for 14 years now. How to apply to this one without getting hassles?

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