Invitation rounds are conducted twice every month and the last round was done on 15th March 2017 and the next will be on 12th April 2017.

Here are few updates and analysis of the present scenario in an attempt to give an indication of what to expect in the next few rounds of invitations. There are 8 pro rata occupations – where more eligible EOI ‘s are being lodged than there are places for the occupation. Waiting times and/or points scores for these will be higher than normal. We see that two occupations have reached their occupation ceiling and most other occupations are likely to be filled by the end of April.

The following occupation categories reached their ceiling in the 15th March round:

  • Other Engineering Professionals [1018 invites over 1000 places]
  • Computer Network Professionals  [1482 invites over 1426 places]

As we can see more invitations were issued than were available in the occupation ceiling for these two occupation categories.

Occupations Likely to be Filled in the Next Few Rounds

Looking at the current invitation rate for pro rata occupations and the number of remaining places, we can forecast that the following occupations are most likely to be filled.

12 April Round

  • Accountants  [ 2296 invitations already rolled out as against 2500 places] . 204 places remaining!
  • Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers  [ 1265 invitations already rolled out as against 1413 places] . 148 places remaining.
  • ICT Business and System Analysts [1440 invitations already rolled out as against 1482 places] only 42 places remaining!!
  • Software and Applications Programmers  [5198 invitations already rolled out as against 5662 places]. 464 places remaining.

26 April Round

  • Electronics Engineer  [879 invitations already rolled out as against 1000 places]. only 121 places remaining.
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers  [1467 invitations already rolled out as against 1539 places]. ony 72 places remaining.

Now how does this scenario affect an application in process or those who are still “thinking and procastinating” on taking the first step towards their future!

Once an occupation is filled, no further invitations can be issued in that occupation for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 or Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 (family stream) until the program reopens on 1 July 2017.If no invitations are issued in pro rata occupations between April 2017 and July 2017, this will create a significant backlog of applicants who have lodged EOIs through SkillSelect. Unless there are increases in the occupation ceilings for the pro rata occupations, we can expect either the minimum score to be higher for pro rata occupations or for the waiting time to increase for an invitation.

Recommendations for Applicants in Pro Rata Occupations

It is getting more competitive for applicants in pro rata occupations looking to apply for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa.People in this situation could consider:

  • Increasing Points Score – this improves the chances by a great deal.
  • Considering skills assessment in other skilled occupations – in some cases, this could be based on qualifications and work experience you already have. .
  • State Nomination – occupation ceilings do not apply to state nominated visas.
  • Alternative visa types – you might be eligible for employer sponsorship or sponsorship by a family member

If you would like full advice on your migration options, please book a consultation with one of our advisors. We will go through your situation in detail, and look at all your migration options. This would include advice on requirements for the most likely skilled occupations, ways to increase your points score, state nomination options as well as likely migration pathways.


SkillSelect 15 March Invitation Round Results