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 Group Description Ceiling 2016 Ceiling 2015 Change Percent Invitations 2015 % Filled
2211 Accountants 2,525 5,478 -2,953 -53.9% 5,478 100.0%
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 1,000 1,188 -188 -15.8% 1,039 87.5%
Total Accounting & Auditing 3,525 6,666 -3,141 -47.1% 6,517 97.8%

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 Group Description Ceiling 2016 Ceiling 2015 Change Percent Invitations 2015 % Filled
2541 Midwives 1,000 1,000 0 0.0% 33 3.3%
2544 Registered Nurses 13,872 15,042 -1,170 -7.8% 2,811 18.7%
Total Nursing 14,872 16,042 -1,170 -7.3% 2,844 17.7%

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 Group Description Ceiling 2016 Ceiling 2015 Change Percent Invitations 2015 % Filled
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts 1,536 1,620 -84 -5.2% 1,620 100.0%
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 5,364 5,005 359 7.2% 5,005 100.0%
2631 Computer Network Professionals 1,986 1,788 198 11.1% 1,580 88.4%
Total IT Professionals 8,886 8,413 473 5.6% 8,205 97.5%

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 Group Description Ceiling 2016 Ceiling 2015 Change Percent Invitations 2015 % Filled
1332 Engineering Managers 1,014 1,428 -414 -29.0% 43 3.0%
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1,000 1,000 0 0.0% 381 38.1%
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 2,970 2,850 120 4.2% 1,112 39.0%
2333 Electrical Engineers 1,230 1,332 -102 -7.7% 433 32.5%
2334 Electronics Engineers 1,000 1,000 0 0.0% 577 57.7%
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 1,788 1,680 108 6.4% 1,412 84.0%
2336 Mining Engineers 1,000 1,000 0 0.0% 152 15.2%
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 1,000 1,000 0 0.0% 881 88.1%
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000 1,000 0 0.0% 477 47.7%
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 1,000 0 0.0% 81 8.1%
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 1,000 0 0.0% 41 4.1%
Total Engineering 14,002 14,290 -288 -2.0% 5,590 39.1%