Each year, the Australian Government sets occupation ceilings for each occupation class meaning that if a job appears on the Skilled Occupations list for that year, you qualify to apply for an Australian Visa, but only until the number allocated for each occupation type has been fully utilised.
This ensures that there is a reasonable balance of different skill sets being represented across the group of migrants seeking residency within Australia.
As of 31 March 2017, two groups of occupations have met their respective occupation ceilings and will no longer receive further invitations for this programme year. The two groups of occupations are:
- Other Engineering Professionals (ANZSCO Group 2339)Computer Network Professional (ANZSCO Group 2631)
- Computer Network Professional (ANZSCO Group 2631)
If your nominated occupation is from one of the the ANZSCO Groups above, you will not receive an invitation to apply, until the invitation rounds from 1 July 2017 onwards. We say this with the caveat that the role types appear in the 2017 – 2018 SOL, Engineering Jobs, in particular, are under the spotlight for next year.
The occupation ceilings apply to the subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa and subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (Relative) categories. State or Territory Nominated visas (subclass 190 and 489), Employer Sponsored (subclass 457, ENS 186 and RSMS 187) or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses are not subject to the occupation ceilings.