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2020-2021 Occupation Ceilings Released

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The Department of Home Affairs has published the occupation ceilings for the 2020-2021 migration year.

What are the occupation ceilings?

Occupation ceilings apply to invitations issued under the Skilled (subclass 189) visa and Skilled Regional (subclass 491) visa via the family sponsored stream. Essentially it means that the Department puts in place a ‘limit’ on how many people can be invited for each of the visas. This measure is to ensure that the skilled migration program is not ‘dominated’ by a small number of occupations and invitations are issued ‘across the board’ for various occupations.

Once a particular occupation ceiling has been reached no further invitations will be issued to people who have lodged an Expression of Interest (EOI) for that occupation until the occupation ceilings are reset in the new migration year.

Invitations are then issued to other EOI’s in the system based on other occupations even if their points score is less than those EOI’s in the occupations that have reached the occupation ceiling.

Do occupation ceilings apply to any other visas?

No. The occupation ceilings only apply to the Skilled (subclass 189) visa and the Skilled Regional (subclass 491) visa via the family sponsored stream.

The occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation & Investment visa subclasses.

Occupation Ceilings for the 2020-2021 migration program year are as follows:

Occupation IDDescriptionOccupation Ceiling Value
1331Construction Managers7,415
1332Engineering Managers1,474
1341Child Care Centre Managers1,000
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers1,666
1399Other Specialist Managers4,188
2111Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers1,000
2112Music Professionals1,000
2121Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters1,000
2211Accountants*1,000
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1,619
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians1,000
2243
Economists
1,000
2245Land Economists and Valuers1,000
2247Management Consultants4,526
2321Architects and Landscape Architects1,452
2322
Cartographers and Surveyors
1,000
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers3,919
2332Civil Engineering Professionals1,348
2333
Electrical Engineers
1,348
2334Electronics Engineers*1,000
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*2,682
2336Mining Engineers1,000
2339
Other Engineering Professionals*
1,000
2341
Agricultural and Forestry Scientists
1,000
2342Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists1,000
2343Environmental Scientists1,295
2344
Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydro-geologists
1,000
2345
Life Scientists
1,000
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists1,536
2347
Veterinarians
1,000
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals1,056
2411
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers
3,321
2414
Secondary School Teachers
8,716
2415
Special Education Teachers
1,721
2421University Lecturers and Tutors5,042
2512Medical Imaging Professionals1,161
2514
Optometrists and Orthoptists
1,000
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals1,000
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths
2524Occupational Therapists
2525Physiotherapists
2526Podiatrists
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers
2533Internal Medicine Specialists
2534Psychiatrists1,000
2535Surgeons1,000
2539Other Medical Practitioners
1,168
2541Midwives1,333
2544Registered Nurses
17,859
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*
2,273
2612Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers
1,000
2613Software and Applications Programmers*8,405
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists
2,667
2631Computer Network Professionals*
2,245
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals
1,000
2711Barristers1,000
2713Solicitors4,535
2723Psychologists
1,545
2725Social Workers
1,862
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
1,000
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
1,000
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists
1,000
3211Automotive Electricians
1,000
3212Motor Mechanics
5,205
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers
1,000
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers
4,866
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists
6,335
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers
1,000
3241Panelbeaters1,000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons
1,712
3312Carpenters and Joiners
6,812
3322Painting Trades Workers
1,452
3331Glaziers1,000
3332Plasterers1,452
3334Wall and Floor Tilers
1,000
3341Plumbers5,861
3411Electricians8,021
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
1,581
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers
1,000
3423Electronics Trades Workers
2,047
3513Chefs2,256
3611Animal Attendants and Trainers
1,239
3941Cabinetmakers1,694
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights
1,000
4523Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials
1,262
4524Sportspersons1,000
Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/occupation-ceilings

Occupations with an asterix (*) mean that they are subject to pro-rata arrangements. Pro-Rata arrangements means that the invitations will be evenly spread across the full migration program year.

The occupation of ‘Accountants’ (ANZSCO – 2211) the occupation ceiling also reflects volumes in other skilled visa categories

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