The occupation ceilings for the 2015-2016 Migration Programme have been released by the Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP).

The occupational ceilings will apply to the Skilled Independent subclass 189 visa, and the Family Sponsored Skilled Regional (Provisional) subclass 489 visas.

Accountants & Auditors

There has been a significant change to the occupational ceilings for Accountants & Auditors with the most significant being the decrease of ANZSCO  code 2211 ‘Accountants’ by 53.9%.

ANZSCO GroupDescriptionCeiling 2016Ceiling 2015ChangePercentInvitations 2015% Filled
2211Accountants2,5255,478-2,953-53.9%5,478100.0%
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers1,0001,188-188-15.8%1,03987.5%
TotalAccounting & Auditing3,5256,666-3,141-47.1%6,51797.8%

Nursing

Nursing has retained the highest occupation ceiling out of all the occupations however it has been reduced by a combined 8% across all three occupations.

ANZSCO GroupDescriptionCeiling 2016Ceiling 2015ChangePercentInvitations 2015% Filled
2541Midwives1,0001,00000.0%333.3%
2544Registered Nurses13,87215,042-1,170-7.8%2,81118.7%
TotalNursing14,87216,042-1,170-7.3%2,84417.7%

IT Professionals

The occupation ceiling for ICT Business and Systems Analysts has been reduced by 5.2% however the occupation ceiling for Software and Applications Programmers has been increased by 7.2% and Computer Network Professionals occupation ceiling has increased by a considerable 11.1%.

ANZSCO GroupDescriptionCeiling 2016Ceiling 2015ChangePercentInvitations 2015% Filled
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts1,5361,620-84-5.2%1,620100.0%
2613Software and Applications Programmers5,3645,0053597.2%5,005100.0%
2631Computer Network Professionals1,9861,78819811.1%1,58088.4%
TotalIT Professionals8,8868,4134735.6%8,20597.5%

Engineers

The occupational ceiling for Engineering Managers has had the largest decrease, being 29% the majority of the occupations have only slightly been reduced or largely unchanged.

In the 2014 – 2015 Migration Programme none of the Engineering occupations reached full capacity so it is likely the changes will not have an impact on the overall applications for these occupations.

ANZSCO GroupDescriptionCeiling 2016Ceiling 2015ChangePercentInvitations 2015% Filled
1332Engineering Managers1,0141,428-414-29.0%433.0%
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1,0001,00000.0%38138.1%
2332Civil Engineering Professionals2,9702,8501204.2%1,11239.0%
2333Electrical Engineers1,2301,332-102-7.7%43332.5%
2334Electronics Engineers1,0001,00000.0%57757.7%
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers1,7881,6801086.4%1,41284.0%
2336Mining Engineers1,0001,00000.0%15215.2%
2339Other Engineering Professionals1,0001,00000.0%88188.1%
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1,0001,00000.0%47747.7%
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,0001,00000.0%818.1%
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,0001,00000.0%414.1%
TotalEngineering14,00214,290-288-2.0%5,59039.1%