Results for the 6th September 2017 round of SkillSelect have been released.

The take away from this round is that the required scores for Subclass 189 invitations have started to drop. This is good news for applicants who have been proactive to complete their skill assessment and submit their application into the EOI pool.

This article looks at the Skill Select invitation rounds so far in the 2017-18 program year and looks at the required points and waiting times for the most popular skilled occupations.

Skilled Independent visa Subclass 189 – Non Pro Rata Occupations

For non-pro rata occupations, the minimum score for an invitation for a Subclass 189 visa has dropped from 70 to 65 in the latest round. Eventually, we expect the minimum score to drop to 60 but it is difficult to predict when this is likely to happen.

Accountants and Auditors

Minimum score for accountants and auditors remains at 75 points. Looking at waiting times, these are not reducing as quickly as expected, so the score may remain at 75 for the next few months at least.

IT Professionals

Minimum score for ICT Business and Systems Analysts remain at 70, but the minimum score for Software and Applications Programmers and Computer Network Professionals has dropped to 65 points in the most recent round.


Most engineering specializations are not pro rata so the minimum score will be 65 for these occupations. Points for the occupations Electronic Engineer, Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers have dropped to 65 in this invitation round.

Other Engineering Professionals is also likely to drop from 70 to 65, but this may take another round or two.

Skilled Regional Provisional visa Subclass 489 – Family Sponsored

Minimum points for the Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 family sponsored option have been 60 for the whole program year.


It is good to see the required points for an invitation reducing for most occupations to 65 points. This trend is likely to continue for the pro rata engineering specialisations in the short term.

However, the situation remains very competitive for accountants and auditors.

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  • Skill select – 6th September 2017 round results