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Australian Occupation Ceilings for 2019-2020

The Australian occupation ceilings for the 2019 – 2020 Migration year have just been announced.

Occupations ceiling ensure that the Australia 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.

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.

Please note that occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses. Offers under these visa classes can be made independently of the occupation ceilings.

Australian Occupation ceilings for the 2019-20 program year

Occupation ID Description Occupation Ceiling Value 2019-2020
1213 Livestock Farmers 5,934
1331 Construction Managers 4,983
1332 Engineering Managers 1,000
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1,000
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1,785
1399 Other Specialist Managers 3,044
2111 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 1,000
2112 Music Professionals 1,000
2121 Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 1,098
2211 Accountants* 2,746
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* 1,552
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1,000
2243 Economists 1,000
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1,000
2247 Management consultant 5,269
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 2,171
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1,000
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1,000
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 3,772
2333 Electrical Engineers 1,000
2334 Electronics Engineers* 1,000
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers* 1,600
2336 Mining Engineers 1,000
2339 Other Engineering Professionals* 1,000
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1,000
2342 Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists 1,000
2343 Environmental Scientists 1,472
2344 Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 1,000
2345 Life Scientists 1,000
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,505
2347 Veterinarians 1,000
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1,000
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2,294
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8,052
2415 Special Education Teachers 1,111
2421 University Lecturers and Tutors 3,407
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1,203
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1,000
2519 Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1,000
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1,000
2524 Occupational Therapists 1,082
2525 Physiotherapists 1,784
2526 Podiatrists 1,000
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1,000
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3,550
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1,000
2534 Psychiatrists 1,000
2535 Surgeons 1,000
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1,250
2541 Midwives 1,218
2544 Registered Nurses 17,509
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts* 2,587
2612 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 1,000
2613 Software and Applications Programmers* 8,748
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,887
2631 Computer Network Professionals* 2,553
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000
2711 Barristers 1,000
2713 Solicitors 4,650
2723 Psychologists 1,832
2725 Social Workers 2,128
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1,000
3211 Automotive Electricians 1,000
3212 Motor Mechanics 6,399
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1,000
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 3,983
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 7,007
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1,000
3241 Panelbeaters 1,000
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1,610
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 8,536
3322 Painting Trades Workers 3,330
3331 Glaziers 1,000
3332 Plasterers 2,100
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1,682
3341 Plumbers 5,060
3411 Electricians 8,624
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1,851
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1,000
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 1,313
3513 Chefs 2,738
3611 Animal Attendants and Trainers 1,051
3941 Cabinetmakers 2,112
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1,000
4523 Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 4,071
4524 Sportspersons 1,000

Which Australian occupations are in demand?

Based on the published Australian occupation ceilings for the 2019 – 2020 program year; nurses, electricians, carpenters, secondary school teachers and software programmers appear to be the highest in demand this year.

Do you have an occupation in demand? 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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8 months ago

Dear Mark,
Im Colombian born but British Citizen is well, I travelled to Australia and found how amazing is this country. We experience in public transport and distribution as a lorry driver. Looking for a new challenge always willing to learn. Based on your knowledge will be any chance for me to emigrate. Im ready to go I love Australia.

8 months ago

Hello sir
Good Day
Please I am HND HOLDER in Electrical Engineering Technician, am from Ghana and I am interested.
Thank you .

Lalthansanga Ralte
Lalthansanga Ralte
11 months ago

5 year experience in social work or i love livestock farmer any of this please..

1 year ago

Hi Admin, All

I have more than 8 years for ICT Helpdesk in customer care. I am looking for a job in Australia and planing to migrate now. Kindly help if is there any company able to sponsor for this. Thank you in advance.


1 year ago

I am from Ethiopia I have Masters of Business Administration I am very interested to live and work in lovely country of Australia please help the process.thanks

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1 year ago

Hi I’m looking for a job in Australia and planning to migrate. Kindly help

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Hi , I’m looking for a job in Australia and planning to migrate. Kindly advise how to follow up.

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