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.

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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
1332 Engineering Managers 1,474
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1,000
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1,666
1399 Other Specialist Managers 4,188
2111 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 1,000
2112 Music Professionals 1,000
2121 Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 1,000
2211 Accountants* 1,000
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* 1,619
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1,000
2243 Economists 1,000
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1,000
2247 Management consultant 4,526
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 1,452
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1,000
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
2344 Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 1,000
2345 Life Scientists 1,000 <20
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,536
2347 Veterinarians 1,000
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1,056
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 3,321
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8,716
2415 Special Education Teachers 1,721
2421 University Lecturers and Tutors 5,042
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1,161 <20
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1,000
2519 Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1,000
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1,000
2524 Occupational Therapists 1,461 <20
2525 Physiotherapists 1,685 <20
2526 Podiatrists 1,000
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1,000
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 4,257 <20
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1,000 <20
2534 Psychiatrists 1,000
2535 Surgeons 1,000
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
2612 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 1,000
2613 Software and Applications Programmers* 8,405
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,667
2631 Computer Network Professionals* 2,245
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000 76
2711 Barristers 1,000
2713 Solicitors 4,535
2723 Psychologists 1,545 <20
2725 Social Workers 1,862
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
3212 Motor Mechanics 5,205
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1,000
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 4,866
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 6,335
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1,000
3241 Panelbeaters 1,000
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1,712
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 6,812
3322 Painting Trades Workers 3,303
3331 Glaziers 1,000
3332 Plasterers 1,452
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1,000
3341 Plumbers 5,861
3411 Electricians 8,021
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1,581
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1,000
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 2,047
3513 Chefs 2,256
3611 Animal Attendants and Trainers 1,239
3941 Cabinetmakers 1,694
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1,000
4523 Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 1,262
4524 Sportspersons 1,000
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*Occupations that are subject to pro-rata arrangements. For Accountants (2211) the occupational ceiling also reflects volumes in other skilled visa categories.

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