12 Aug 2016

What the Updated Occupational Ceilings for 2016 -17 Say

Moving to Perth or Australia, and getting a job start with acquiring the right visa. But before starting any process, it is important to know your chances of getting hired through the Occupational Ceilings for the 2016-17 financial year. This refers to the maximum number of invitations that can be issued through SkillSelect for the following visa types:

• Skilled Independent Subclass 189
• Family Sponsored Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489

Organisations interested in hiring skilled migrants should also refer to the same information before sending out corporate visas.

Occupational Ceilings

• Accountants – 2500
• Auditors – 1413
• IT professional
• Computer network professionals – 1426
• Software and Applications Programmers – 5662
• ICT Business and Systems Analysts – 1482
• Engineers
• Engineering managers – 1407
• Civil engineering professionals – 2174
• Electrical engineers – 1254
• Electronics engineers – 1000
• Industrial, mechanical and production Engineers – 1539
• Telecommunications engineering professionals – 1000
• Other engineering professionals – 1000
• Medical practitioners – 1315

Mining Engineers, on the other hand, have been eliminated from the Skilled Occupation List for 2016-17 financial year.

Some of the jobs that have seen an increase in Occupational Ceilings include solicitors, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics, walls and floor tilers, plasterers, chefs, psychologists, registered nurses, physiotherapists, and medical laboratory scientists. Those that have decreased include architects and landscape architects, metal fitters and machinists, panelbeaters, social workers, and health and welfare services managers.

Along with the changes in Occupational Ceilings are changes in the amount of waiting time or minimum pass mark for an EOI invitation. Accountants, for example, will experience minimum waiting times and point scores, but IT professionals can expect higher minimum scores for an invitation. ICT business and system analysts must meet a minimum score of 65 to 70 points, while computer network professionals are at 60 points.

The purpose of the Occupational Ceilings is to ensure that skilled migrants will be able to work in Australia without sending the locals to unemployment. Skilled workers must be invited to apply for a visa to be eligible for this category.

It is important for anyone interested in moving to Australia or Perth to refer to an Australian or Perth migration agent, whichever applies, and increase your chances of being approved for a visa under the skilled migrant visa category. Invitations are issued twice a month, and it pays to check out Australia migration advice and updates.

Find out more about skilled migration pathways from one of our Perth migration agents at

Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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