SkillSelect Update June 2018

It is unnecessary to say that early SkillSelect invitation rounds have been very different from this year 2017-2018 program.

In the previous year, we noticed a lower number of invitations issued by the Government of Australia whilst the points score needed to receive a request continued to grow, ultimately producing in a high number of open SkillSelect applications.

As 2017-2018 comes to a close, we will see the quote for the Skilled Migration program being unfulfilled for the 2nd year in a row.

Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) and Family Sponsored (Subclass 489)

While the pass mark is constant at 60 points, candidates seeking to secure an ITA for the Skilled Independent subclass 189 visa should be trying to build up a least score of 75 points, an improvement from 70 points in latest months. It applies to all non-pro rata professions meaning that all occupations that traditionally at 60 points itself they were invited, now they need 75 points.

It also applies to Management Consultants, Registered Nurses, trade occupations and all other non-pro rata professions sitting on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Family Sponsored Subclass 489 Visas

Similarly, Family Sponsored subclass 489 candidates are required to score 80 points before they counted for an invitation.

Even though these points required are very high, invitations are very dull. On average, maximum five invitations per round are issued.

Pro Rata Occupations

Below is a brief of points needed for pro rata professions by occupational category:

Occupation Points Required
Accountants 80
Auditors, Company Secretaries, and Corporate Treasurers 80
ICT Business and System Analysts 75
Software and Applications Programmers 75
Electronics Engineer 75
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 75
Other Engineering Professionals 75
Computer Network Professionals 75


Accountants and Auditors

While the occupation ceiling has risen significantly for accountants in the 2017-2018 year, those who score 80 points are the successful applicants in receiving invitations. It is probable that this will proceed into the 2018-2019 program year.

With 2768 positions left before 1 July 2018, the standing times from the date of lodging an Expression of Interest to the date of accepting an invitation have raised. For example, accountants will expect to wait roughly 21 weeks and auditors more than 18 weeks with 80 score.

IT Professionals

Presently, IT specialists do well in receiving invitations when scoring an at least score 75 points, however, assuming times vary:

Computer Network Professionals on 75 points: minimum 8 weeks

Engineers and Software, Applications Programmers: around 12 weeks

ICT Business and System Analysts: just a little more than 17

Popular professions point may remain high subsequent financial year as well.


Other Engineering Professionals scores 75 points are expecting roughly 11 weeks, while Industrial,  Electronics Engineer, Production, and Mechanical Engineers are waiting for slightly more than 4 weeks.

Based on the contemporary data we expect to see a reduction in the points score promoting invitations.

Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa

It is still reasonable for the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa with a score of 60 points to be invited. These are excellent options for those striving to meet the 75 point score, however, needs the nominated occupation to be on the chosen State’s profession list and further criteria to be met as designated by each State.

Many States and Regions are ending and won’t re-open until the new year program, 1 July 2018.

It is essential to be ready when the States re-open as some have earlier closed in the first few weeks of each current program year.

Present Trends

ACT: A high number of 190 nominations were accepted, however, invitations from the ACT is slowing down and is assumed to re-open after July 1, 2018.

There is no subclass 489 option for the ACT.

NSW: 489 Regional NSW have improved their conditions so we will see a less number of invitations issued compare to 190 NSW.

Some regions are not accepting further requests until after July 2018, however, will proceed to take an application to fill the pipeline for the next year program.

190 NSW has filled its quota for the 2017-2018 program year and all of this year has demanded higher points that other states and regions to be recognized for an invitation.

Northern Territory: NT issues higher invitations under subclass 489 stream.

Queensland: is presently stopped and is assumed to re-open after July 2018

South Australia: SA has complicated requirements with their policies replacing very often.

Tasmania: Uniformly sponsoring 489 and 190 candidates at the moment. With occupation, study and residence requirements favorable to many candidates.

Victoria: VIC issued a high number of subclass 190 nomination invitations but, are now postponed July 2018.

Less 489 nominations announced so far.

Western Australia: No state nominations issued for 190 or 489.


The point scores promoting ITA for a visa have continued very large, and there is no evidence they will be decreased after 1 July 2018.

With the conclusion of the year of migration coming, the genuine way to make sure you will pass for your permanent visa is to be prepared.

State nomination remains the most attractive option for onshore customers as well as for residence at overseas.

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