The August SkillSelect invitation round data has been published, showing only a fraction of their usual levels at 200 invitations issued across the Subclass 189 Skilled Independent and Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Family Sponsored) visa types.
Numbers were split fairly evenly, with a slightly higher 110 invites to 189 visa applicants. Minimum point scores remained steady at 90 in this visa subclass. The points score for the 491 visas was a record-low 75 points, but this is not surprising based on who received invitations this round.
Health Care Workers Targeted
Following the trend of targeting critical skills needs in recent rounds, invitations were almost exclusively issued to health professionals. Registered Nurses made up the bulk of those invited, with 77% of quota (154 invites) across the two visa categories.
Making up the balance for this round are:
- Health and Welfare Services Managers;
- Medical Laboratory Scientists;
- General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers; and
- Other Medical Practitioners.
None of the pro-rata occupations (accountants, auditors, computer professionals) received invitations this round.
So two months in and only 800 invitation issued so far. Hopefully we’ll see some better numbers during September.