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Occupation Groups Nearing Their Occupation Ceilings

Number Of Occupations Expected To Reach Their Ceilings Imminently

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.

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 assitance, Getting Down Under.


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  1. 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 ?

  2. 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?

    • I don’t think this level of information is made available Matthew. From the skill select website the lowest scores receiving invites are however:

      After each invitation round for the independent and skilled regional (provisional) sponsored visas, the Department will publish on the SkillSelect website the lowest points scoring points test mark that allowed an EOI to be invited.

      See here for the source :)

    • Hi, William, the list was current as of yesterday so as long as the Australian migration department included the numbers they will be reflected in this list. :)

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