Occupation Ceilings for 2015-16 Skilled Migration Program

The Department of Immigration has released the occupational ceilings for the 2015-16 financial year.

Which visa subclasses are affected?

The occupational ceilings apply to Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Family Sponsored Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 visas.

Occupational ceilings do not apply to, State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

Who will be impacted by the changes?

The occupation ceilings for the 2015-16 financial year have been reduced for accountants and auditors by up to 50% – 2,525 places are available for Accountants in 2015-16 compared to 5,478 in 2014-15. The effect of this reduction is yet to be seen, but could significantly affect the prospects of success for many applicants with minimum points scores or who apply later in the immigration year.

For IT professionals, the occupation ceiling for ICT Business and Systems Analysts has been reduced slightly such that in 2015-16 there are fewer places available (1,536) than there were invitations issued in 2014-15  (1,620) which suggests that demand will outweigh available places. The ceiling for Software and Applications Programmers and Computer Network Professionals has increased from 5,005 places in 2014-15 to 5,364 places in 2015-16, with the result that overall slightly more places are available to IT professionals.

Most other occupations will be unaffected by the changes.

What does this mean for me?

To maximise your chances of success for a Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa or a Family Sponsored Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 visa, we recommend the following:

  1. Lodge your Expression of Interest as early as possible in the immigration year, as invitations are issued on a first-come first-served basis.
  2. Aim to maximise your points score prior to EOI lodgement, as invitations are issued to applicants with the highest points score first.
  3. Consider the Skilled Occupation List and whether another occupation code culd be suitable for your skills and experience.
  4. Be vigilant with your EOI application –  a small mistake at this stage can cost you your place in the queue and potentially cost you the opportunity of re-applying for another visa. An immigration professional can help you avoid the EOI traps.

What are the occupation ceilings for 2015-16?

The table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2015-2016 programme year for each occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group.

Group Code Occupation Ceiling
1331 Construction Managers 5640
1332 Engineering Managers 1014
1335 Production Managers 3582
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1000
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1410
2211 Accountants 2525
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 1000
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1000
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1000
2312 Marine Transport Professionals 1000
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 1650
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1000
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1000
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 2970
2333 Electrical Engineers 1230
2334 Electronics Engineers 1000
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 1788
2336 Mining Engineers 1000
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 1000
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1000
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1362
2347 Veterinarians 1000
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1000
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 1980
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8352
2415 Special Education Teachers 1158
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1092
2513 Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals 1578
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1000
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1000
2524 Occupational Therapists 1000
2525 Physiotherapists 1104
2526 Podiatrists 1000
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1000
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3558
2532 Anaesthetists 1000
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1000
2534 Psychiatrists 1000
2535 Surgeons 1000
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1000
2541 Midwives 1000
2544 Registered Nurses 13872
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts 1536
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 5364
2631 Computer Network Professionals 1986
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1000
2711 Barristers 1000
2713 Solicitors 3252
2723 Psychologists 1212
2725 Social Workers 2166
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1000
3211 Automotive Electricians 1000
3212 Motor Mechanics 6108
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1000
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 4416
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 8070
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1000
3241 Panelbeaters 1134
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1656
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 7290
3322 Painting Trades Workers 2802
3331 Glaziers 1000
3332 Plasterers 1866
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1284
3341 Plumbers 5130
3411 Electricians 8772
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1038
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1000
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 2076
3513 Chefs 2475
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1000
3941 Cabinetmakers 1530
4112 Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists 1000

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