Australia Occupation Ceilings 2020-2021 Migration Year
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Australia Occupation Ceilings 2020-2021 Migration Year Announced

The 2020 – 2021 Occupations Ceilings have been released by the Australian department of immigration which is positive news as there are finally clear guidelines to support the number of visa invitation being offered which will hopefully increase the number of visa invitations offered in recent months.

An ‘occupation ceiling’ may be applied to invitations issued under the independent, skilled regional (provisional) visas. This means there will be a limit on how many EOIs can be invited for skilled migration from an occupation group under these visa classes. Occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Business Innovation or Employer-Sponsored and Investment visa subclasses.

The intent behind this approach is that it ensures that the skilled migration program is not dominated by a small number of occupations. Once this limit is reached, no further invitations for that particular occupation group will be issued for that program year with invitations being allocated to migrants in other occupation groups even if they are lower points ranking

As we are still fresh into the 2020 – 2021 Migration year, you probably won’t need to worry too much about the number of places available, however as we have seen in previous years, after a number of months, certain occupations do begin to near their ceilings resulting in a limited number of invitations being offered for the remainder of that financial year which may limit the chances of individuals who chose to wait before registering an Expression Of Interest. (EOI).

The table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2020-2021 program year for each occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group.

Occupation ceiling values are based on a percentage of stock employment figures for each occupation. Employment figures are provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and represent the number of people employed in Australia in each occupation.

Australian Occupation ceilings – 2020-21 program year

Occupation ID Description Occupation Ceiling Value 2020-21 Invitations to 14/07/2020
1331 Construction Managers 7,145 0
1332 Engineering Managers 1,474 0
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1,000 0
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1,666 0
1399 Other Specialist Managers 4,188 0
2111 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 1,000 0
2112 Music Professionals 1,000 0
2121 Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 1,000 0
2211 Accountants* 1,000 0
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* 1,619 0
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1,000 0
2243 Economists 1,000 0
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1,000 0
2247 Management consultant 4,526 0
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 1,452 0
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1,000 0
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1,000 65
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 3,919 141
2333 Electrical Engineers 1,348 98
2334 Electronics Engineers* 1,000 <20
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers* 2,682 48
2336 Mining Engineers 1,000 20
2339 Other Engineering Professionals* 1,000 <20
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1,000 <20
2342 Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists 1,000 <20
2343 Environmental Scientists 1,295 0
2344 Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 1,000 0
2345 Life Scientists 1,000 <20
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,536 0
2347 Veterinarians 1,000 0
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1,056 0
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 3,321 0
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8,716 0
2415 Special Education Teachers 1,721 0
2421 University Lecturers and Tutors 5,042 0
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1,161 <20
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1,000 0
2519 Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1,000 0
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1,000 0
2524 Occupational Therapists 1,461 <20
2525 Physiotherapists 1,685 <20
2526 Podiatrists 1,000 0
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1,000 0
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 4,257 <20
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1,000 <20
2534 Psychiatrists 1,000 0
2535 Surgeons 1,000 0
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1,168 <20
2541 Midwives 1,333 <20
2544 Registered Nurses 17,859 40
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts* 2,273 0
2612 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 1,000 0
2613 Software and Applications Programmers* 8,405 0
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,667 0
2631 Computer Network Professionals* 2,245 0
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000 76
2711 Barristers 1,000 0
2713 Solicitors 4,535 0
2723 Psychologists 1,545 <20
2725 Social Workers 1,862 0
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 <20
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 <20
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1,000 <20
3211 Automotive Electricians 1,000 0
3212 Motor Mechanics 5,205 0
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1,000 0
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 4,866 0
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 6,335 0
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1,000 0
3241 Panelbeaters 1,000 0
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1,712 0
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 6,812 0
3322 Painting Trades Workers 3,303 0
3331 Glaziers 1,000 0
3332 Plasterers 1,452 0
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1,000 0
3341 Plumbers 5,861 0
3411 Electricians 8,021 0
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1,581 0
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1,000 0
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 2,047 0
3513 Chefs 2,256 0
3611 Animal Attendants and Trainers 1,239 0
3941 Cabinetmakers 1,694 0
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1,000 0
4523 Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 1,262 0
4524 Sportspersons 1,000 0

*Occupations that are subject to pro-rata arrangements. For Accountants (2211) the occupational ceiling also reflects volumes in other skilled visa categories.

What do you think?

Do you see your occupation and are the ceiling aligned with what you were thinking? Let us know in our comments below.

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Member
10 days ago

I’m a skilled panel beater specifically dealing heavy duty equipment and machinery & would like to know the chances of getting a sponsorship visa to relocate to Sydney Bankstown

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27 days ago

Hi, I am a food chemist from Ghana’west africa. How do I get this sponsored jobs to apply.

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27 days ago

How can I get a sponsorship Auto electrical jobs I a qualified Auto electrician with 8 years post apprentice experience

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Takudzwa Mwashaenyi
28 days ago

Those occupations with 0 what does it mean

Member
28 days ago

What does this mean for sponsored visas?

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28 days ago
Reply to  Mark

So there will still be sponsored visas available for the next few months? And if so if I apply can we enter Australia?

Member
28 days ago

So how do I apply for a visa. I’m 42. Have a trade here in Canada
auto mechanic. And heavy duty mechanic diesel mechanic heavy earth moving equipment mechanic
spoke
to a lawyer says I have 55 points only. But yet I see. Adds upon adds for mechanic in the mines
they are recruiting from Canada. But don’t sponsor and say I’m to old for a visa

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