SkillSelect Update Aug and July 2016

SkillSelect Update Aug and July 2016

By Leila Reypour
MARN 0848264

The reports on July and August (only one round in Aug) of SkillSelect Invitation round has been released. The reports suggest that 2016 round was so far really good for Skilled Independent and Skilled Regional Family Sponsored visas however we are only 3 rounds into the new program and it is hard to predict what will happen in the next rounds.

Below is our analysis of the required points score and waiting times for EOI invitations.

Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Skilled – Regional Provisional (Subclass 489 – Family sponsored)

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the August 2016 invitation rounds are as follows.

Comparing invitation issued in 2015-2016 against 2016-2017

As you can see the number of invitations issued in July and Aug (4200 by the end of Aug) for subclass 189 is far better than 2015-2016. For Subclass 489 – Family sponsored, there a drastically increase in the number of invitations in the new program year.

Invitations issued during 2016-17

Invitations issued during 2015-16

Invitation process and cut offs on 3rd Aug

The minimum score to receive an invitation for a Skilled Independent Subclass189 visa for most occupations has been 60 for the 3 invitation rounds so far this program year. The highest ranked clients by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For clients who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass (referred to as the visa date of effect) determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.

For example, in the above graph, applicants who have submitted their EOI on 21 Aug 2015 or earlier are being invited for subclass 489 (family sponsored) with 60 points. Also applicants with 60 points who have submitted their EOI on 26th July or earlier are being invited on 3rd Aug round.

Pro Rata basis occupations

Pro-rata occupations are those where a large number of EOIs have been lodged, and the occupational ceiling would be at risk of being met early in the program year. The occupations in this category may face a higher score for an invitation, or a higher waiting time compare to the other occupations

The number of pro-rata occupations has been doubled from 3 to 6. This reflects a high number of invitations being issued in the occupations of Other Engineering Professionals and Computer Network Professionals in the first two rounds of the program year, as well as the addition of the Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers occupational group which filled very quickly last program year.

There was an error in the skill select program in 21 July round since no invitation is issues for this group of occupations

Invitation numbers are below:

3 Aug 2016

21 Jul 216

7 July 2016











Auditors, Company Secreteries and Corporate Treasures





ICT Business and System Analysts





Software and Applications Programmers





Other Engineering Professionals





Computer Network Professionals


Minimum scores required for an invitation in these occupations are as follows:


In total, it seems that the invitations that are being issued for subclass 189 are higher than 2015-2016. There is a good news for applicants who would like to apply or applied for subclass 489 (family sponsored). The minimum point score for a family sponsored 489 invitations was 65 points in most of 2015-2016 year, however, it is back to 60 points in 2016-2017. There is a drastically increase in the number of invitations of this subclass from 10 each month for the most of 2015-2016 year to 100 so far. We expect applicants with 60 points will be invited for subclass 489.

Waiting time for an invitation for subclass 489 family sponsored if you have 60 points is now 50 weeks, but we expect this to reduce in the next few months, if the current level of invitations continues.

Note: This report is not related to subclass 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional) (state or territory nominated) visas.

Applicants will need to have a solid strategy to improve their chances of success in applying for skilled migration. For assistance with your migration strategy please contact us (Contact us visaaus page) to speak with one of our experienced migration advisors.