New Financial Year - New SkillSelect Information

Immigration conducted the first round of invitations for the 2020-2021 financial year on 14 July, with a total of 600 invitations issued across the Subclass 189 Skilled Independent and Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Family Sponsored) visa types.

Of these, 500 invitations went to 189 visa applicants, with the lowest points score of 90 in this visa subclass. The minimum points score for the 491 visa was higher at 95 points.

Pro-rata occupations:

Due to high levels of demand, certain occupations are issued invitations on a pro-rata basis. Places are first allocated to 189 EOIs, with remaining places issued to the 491 Family Sponsored EOIs.

As per previous rounds, Accountants, Auditors, and IT professionals in the pro-rata occupations did not receive any invitations.

Occupation ID Description Minimum Points Score Latest date of EOI
2334 Electronics Engineer 90 (SC189) 12/2019
2334 Electronics Engineer 95 (SC491) 05/2020
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 95 (SC491) 11/2019
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 95 (SC491) 11/2019

Which occupations were invited

As per our previous blog, many invitations this round were issued to Medical and Scientific occupations. However, there were a significant number of invitations issued to Engineering occupations in the July round, including:
  • Civil Engineering Professionals - 141 invitations;
  • Electrical Engineers - 98 invitations;
  • Telecommunications Engineering Professionals - 76 invitations; and
  • Chemical and Materials Engineers - 65 invitations.

This does reflect the Australian Government's focus on critical skills during the pandemic, as well as the push for more large civil projects in order to generate jobs in the current climate.

New Occupation Ceilings

Although there has been no announcement on changes to skilled occupation lists, there has been a change in occupation ceilings for the 2020-2021 financial year. Most affected include:

Description Old Ceiling New Ceiling Change
Construction Managers 4983 7145 +2162
Other Specialist Managers 3044 4188 +1144
Accountants 2746 1000 -1746
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 1600 2682 +1082
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2294 3321 +1027
University Lecturers and Tutors 3407 5042 +1635
Motor Mechanics 6399 5205 -1194
Carpenters and Joiners 8536 6812 -1724
Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 4071 1262 -2809

Less transparency?

Immigration is now releasing less detailed information in their SkillSelect data, only showing the month and year of invitation and not the specific date and time. This makes tracking potential invitation dates very difficult.

Also, there is less detail on the exact number of invitations issued under the occupation ceilings, with actual numbers for occupations only provided where there are more than 20 invitations.

Our Thoughts

As the State Migration programs are restricted to only critical skills needs - as directed by the Australian Government - most applicants will need to wait until at least October 2020 when the budget is released in order to see if there are pathways forward. There may not be any significant increases in invitations while the international borders are still closed.

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