Occupational Ceilings for 2016-17 Announced

Occupational Ceilings for 2016-17 Announced

By Leila Reypour
MARN 0848264

The Occupational Ceilings for the 2016-17 financial year have been announced. The occupational ceiling determines the number of invitations that can be issued for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Family Sponsored Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visas.

State sponsored Visas such as Subclass 190 and State Sponsored Subclass 489 have their own set of limitations which State or Territory determine it.

The following is the summary of the occupation ceiling for each occupation.

*Minus shows the decrease of the occupation in Ceiling Value Variation

Occupation ceiling increased in 2016-2017

Occupation ceiling decreased in 2016-2017

Occupation ceiling stayed the same in 2016-2017

Occupation removed from the list of 2016-2017

Occupations that are pro rata arrangements

Occupation Name

Ceiling Value for 2015-2016

Places taken in

2015-2016

Filled place in 2015-16 by Percentage

Ceiling Value for 2016-2017

Ceiling Value difference in 2015-16 to 2016-17

Construction Managers

5640

110

2%

5289

*-6%

Engineering Managers

1014

29

3%

1407

39%

Production Managers

3582

9

0.3%

3368

-6%

Child Care Centre Managers

1000

18

2%

1000

0%

Health and Welfare Services Managers

1410

47

3%

1177

-17%

Accountants

2525

2525

100%

2500

-1%

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

1000

1000

100%

1413

41%

Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

1000

89

9%

1000

0%

Land Economists and Valuers

1000

42

4%

1035

4%

Marine Transport Professionals

1000

56

6%

1000

0%

Architects and Landscape Architects

1650

314

19%

1391

-16%

Cartographers and Surveyors

1000

67

7%

1000

0%

Chemical and Materials Engineers

1000

589

59%

1000

0%

Civil Engineering Professionals

2970

1333

45%

2174

-27%

Electrical Engineers

1230

680

55%

1254

2%

Electronics Engineers

1000

977

98%

1000

0%

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

1788

1788

100%

1539

-14%

Mining Engineers

1000

249

25%

N/A

-

Other Engineering Professionals

1000

1000

100%

1000

0%

Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

1000

162

16%

1000

0%

Medical Laboratory Scientists

1362

162

12%

1602

18%

Veterinarians

1000

90

9%

1000

0%

Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

1000

37

4%

1000

0%

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

1980

212

11%

1822

-8%

Secondary School Teachers

8352

570

7%

8032

-4%

Special Education Teachers

1158

27

2%

1126

-3%

Medical Imaging Professionals

1092

113

10%

1000

-8%

Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals

1578

94

6%

1000

-37%

Optometrists and Orthoptists

1000

35

4%

1000

0%

Chiropractors and Osteopaths

1000

33

3%

1000

0%

Occupational Therapists

1000

102

10%

1000

0%

Pphysiotherapists

1104

151

14%

1345

22%

Podiatrists

1000

34

3%

1000

0%

Speech Professionals and Audiologists

1000

66

7%

1000

0%

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

3558

387

11%

3495

-2%

Anaesthetists

1000

44

4%

1000

0%

Internal Medicine Specialists

1000

50

5%

1000

0%

Psychiatrists

1000

33

3%

1000

0%

Surgeons

1000

24

2%

1000

0%

Other Medical Practitioners

1000

696

70%

1315

32%

Midwives

1000

45

5%

1017

2%

Registered Nurses

13872

3133

23%

16346

18%

ICT Business and Systems Analysts

1536

1536

100%

1482

-4%

Software and Applications Programmers

5364

5364

100%

5662

6%

Computer Network Professionals

1986

1986

100%

1426

-28%

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

1000

756

76%

1000

0%

Barristers

1000

4

0.4%

1000

0%

Solicitors

3252

284

9%

5154

58%

Psychologists

1212

98

8%

1532

26%

Social Workers

2166

209

10%

1783

-18%

Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1000

82

8%

1000

0%

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1000

37

4%

1000

0%

Telecommunications Technical Specialists

1000

26

3%

1000

0%

Automotive Electricians

1000

10

1%

1000

0%

Motor Mechanics

6108

166

3%

5597

-8%

Sheetmetal Trades Workers

1000

8

1%

1000

0%

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

4416

55

1%

4466

1%

Metal Fitters and Machinists

8070

83

1%

6677

-17%

Precision Metal Trades Workers

1000

2

0.2%

1000

0%

Panelbeaters

1134

3

0.3%

1000

-12%

Bricklayers and Stonemasons

1656

50

3%

1751

6%

Carpenters and Joiners

7290

172

2%

7718

6%

Painting Trades Workers

2802

37

1%

2871

2%

Glaziers

1000

1

0%

1000

0%

Plasterers

1866

14

1%

2149

15%

Wall and Floor Tilers

1284

4

0%

1475

15%

Plumbers

5130

92

2%

5169

1%

Electricians

8772

182

2%

9345

7%

Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

1038

27

3%

1701

64%

Electrical Distribution Trades Workers

1000

10

1%

1000

0%

Electronics Trades Workers

2076

50

2%

1993

-4%

Chefs

2475

149

6%

2854

15%

Cabinetmakers

1530

2

0.1%

1568

2%

Boat Builders and Shipwrights

1000

4

0.4%

N/A

-

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists

1000

59

6%

1000

0%

*The Minus indicates that there is a decrease rate in the occupation

Occupations that are in pro rata arrangements

Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the below four occupation groups will be subject to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the programme year. SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) visas and then remaining to Skilled – Regional (subclass 489) (Provisional – Family Sponsored) visas. If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations.

  • ICT Business and System Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Accountants
  • Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers.

Points scores and the visa dates of effect cut off for the below occupations in the 6 July 2016 invitation round.

Occupation

Points score

Visa date of effect

Accountants

70

30 May 2016 4.42 pm

ICT Business and System Analysts

70

25 June 2016 6.45 pm

Software and Applications Programmers

65

20 April 2016 10.51 pm

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

TBA

TBA

Accountant and Auditors

Both of these occupations were filled in the 2015-16 program year, and accountants needed a score of 70 points for an EOI invitation for subclass 189 for most of the year. There are only 2,500 places available in the 2016-17 program year for accountants. As this is about the same number of places for accountants as last year, we expect minimum point scores and waiting times to be fairly similar to last year for the occupation.

IT Professionals

Most of the IT occupations were also filled in the 2015-16 program year, and also faced higher minimum scores for an invitation for most of the year.

The news is somewhat mixed for IT professionals in the 2016-17 program year:

  • Computer Network Professionals: The minimum invitation score for this occupation was 60 for most of the 2015-16 year. We expect this minimum score to increase to above 60 for 2016-17.
  • Software and Applications Programmers: The minimum score for this occupation was 65 points for much of the year. we expect this to stay about the same or possibly reduce for 2016-17.
  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts: The minimum scores were for the most year 65-70 points. we expect this to continue for 2016-17.

Engineers

Engineers will face occupational ceiling reductions for most occupations, but this is unlikely to have any significant impact on engineers applying for skilled migration:

Other Occupations

Apart from the occupations mentioned above, the following occupational ceilings were increased significantly for 2016-17:

  • Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics: 64% increase
  • Solicitors: 58% increase
  • Psychologists: 26% increase
  • Physiotherapists: 22% increase
  • Registered Nurses: 18% increase
  • Medical Laboratory Scientists: 18% increase
  • Chefs: 15% increase
  • Plasterers: 15% increase
  • Wall and Floor Tilers: 15% increase

The biggest losers in percentage terms were the following occupations:

  • Panelbeaters: 12% decrease
  • Architects and Landscape Architects: 16% decrease
  • Health and Welfare Services Managers: 17% decrease
  • Metal Fitters and Machinists: 17% decrease
  • Social Workers: 18% decrease

Note that as none of the above occupations were even close to reaching their occupational ceilings in 2015-16, the changes are unlikely to result in any impact on EOI invitations.

References

Department of Immigration and Border Protection – Skillselect