SkillSelect Update November 2015

SkillSelect Update November 2015

By Leila Reypour
MARN 0848264

The reports on the 6th and 23rd November of SkillSelect Invitation Round have been released. The reports suggest that the November round was better than October and same as July, August and September for Skilled Independent and was the same as October for Skilled Regional Family Sponsored visas.

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

Skilled Independent Subclass 189

In November a larger number of invitations were issued compared to previous month of October. In November 2300 invitations were issued for 189 visas which were the same as July, August and September, whereas in the October there were 2000 invitations issued.

The majority of applicants invited had a score of 60 or 65. The minimum point score for a 189 invitation was 60 points and approximately 1160 applicants received invitations with this score however in October only approximately 450 applicants received invitation with this score. Based on the November rounds it would take about just over two months to receive an invitation if you have 60 points. If you have 65 points you should receive an invitation in the next round.

Pro Rata basis occupations for 189 visas

Due to the continuing high numbers of EOIs received for the below occupations, invitations for these occupations will be issued on a pro rata basis in each monthly invitation round over the 2015-16 programme year. These arrangements are subject to change throughout 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:


The minimum point score was 70 for an invitation and approximate waiting time with this score was 12 weeks.

ICT Business and System Analysts

The minimum points to receive an invitation was 65 and the waiting time was approximately 14 weeks.

Software and Applications Programmers

This group were invited with 60 points in 23rd November round compare to the previous month of October round which the applicants were invited with 65 points. The waiting time is approximately over 5 months with 60 points. if you have 65 points, the waiting time is over 1 month.

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Treasurer

This occupation ceiling has now been reached and no further invitations will be issued until 1 July 2016.

Skilled Regional Family Sponsored Subclass 489

The minimum point score for a family sponsored 489 invitations was 65 points in the November invitation rounds and same as previous months of October. We can see that the number of intake reduced to 40 invitations for November and October rounds which are less than previous months (80 per month). If you have 65 points the waiting time for a 489 invitation is approximately two months. If you have 60 points, or are in a pro rata occupation, it is unlikely that you would receive an invitation for a 489 family sponsored visa.


Whilst it is still possible to receive invitations with 60 points for 189, applicants with 65 points or more are likely receive invitations with shorter waiting times. 65 is now the minimum score for 489 Family Sponsored.

Please note that the above considerations do not apply to State Sponsorship visas. For Subclass 489 (sponsored by a state) and subclass190, as soon as you receive the approval from the State, you will receive an invitation as these subclasses have no occupational ceiling.

• SkillSelect Website – 6th November Round Results
• SkillSelect Website – 23rd November Round Results