Occupation Groups Nearing Their Occupation Ceilings

Australian Occupations SOL Reaching Ceiling

An occupation ceiling is a limit on the number of invitations that can be issued through SkillSelect each year. They are based on a percentage of stock employment figures for each occupation.

Stock employment figures are provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and represent the number of people employed in Australia in each occupation.

The ceilings ensure the skilled migration programme is not dominated by a narrow group of occupations and is applied to the following Australian Visa Classes.

  • Skilled independent visas
  • Skilled regional sponsored visas
  • Skilled or business state or territory sponsored visas.

Earlier today, we flagged that the Occupations Ceiling had been reached For Engineering and Computer Related Roles. This means that those applicants looking to emigrate to Australia under these professions will NOT receive an invitation to apply within the current Australian Migration Year which runs through to 30 June 2016.

After this point, your occupation will need to appear on the soon to be published 2017 – 2018 Skilled Occupation List (SOL) to qualify for an Australian skill based Visa.

At the time of typing (18th April 2017), there are many other occupation groups which are reaching the occupations ceilings. The following groups may be reaching their ceilings in the next rounds of invitations:

 Australian Occupations SOL Reaching Ceiling

If you’re looking to apply for an Australia Skilled based visa under any of these occupations the number of invitations remaining are limited so you might need to wait until the 2017 – 2018 migration year before you receive an invitation to apply.

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Great job Mark! My query is on the 190 visa requirement by some states (e.g. WA) to have a job contract before applying. I am living overseas and I think its almost impossible for me to get a job contract as most employment agencies require me to have a visa first before I can get an employment contract. I was actually invited to apply for State nomination and my result was negative because I did not have a job contract. My question now is are there any agencies that help people secure employment contracts for purposes of state nomination?

anshul singhi

Hi Mark ,

I am a Internal Auditor , from India and i have 65 points (including State Sponsorship), awaiting for an invite . Do i have any chance for getting a invite with this score in 2017 -18 ?


Hi Mark, I am applying for 2611 soon. Is it possible to know how many invitations were issued to 65, 70 and 75+ in previous rounds?


Hi Mark,

Any idea when 2613’s quoto will open for 2017-2018?


thanks Mark. that’s good to know.


Does your list include invitations sent last Apr 12?

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