04 Aug Occupation Ceilings Released for 2017-18

The Department of Immigration has finally released the occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 Program Year.

It appears to be good news for accountants, Software Engineers and Mechanical Engineers with significantly higher ceilings for these occupations.

Results of the 12 July SkillSelect Round have also been released and this gives a good idea of the minimum points required at the moment for an invitation.

Pro Rata Occupations

There have been increases in the occupation ceiling for the following pro rata occupations – it is quite possible that the required points score will reduce compared to the 2016-17 program year:

  • Accountants: Increased by 2285 places to 4785
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers: Increased by 639 places to 2178
  • Software and Applications Programmers: Increased by 540 places to 6202
  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts: Increased by 92 places to 1574

The following occupations had a reduced occupation ceiling – as a result the required points or waiting times may increase:

  • Computer Network Professionals: Decreased by 108 places to 1318
  • Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers: Decreased by 86 places to 1327

Ceilings for the following occupations are unchanged at 1000 places:

  • Electronics Engineers
  • Other Engineering Professionals

We also have the results of the 12 July SkillSelect Round – we saw required points for pro rata occupations being very high. This is most likely a result of a 3-month backlog of EOIs in the system, and we would expect these to reduce over the next few months:

Occupation Points Weeks
Accountants 75 13.0
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 75 15.1
Electronics Engineer 70 3.9
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 70 3.7
Other Engineering Professionals 70 14.0
ICT Business and System Analysts 75 6.0
Software and Applications Programmers 70 11.4
Computer Network Professionals 70 14.3

Other Occupations

70 points were required for all non-pro rata occupations as well in the 12 July round. Waiting time was 3.7 weeks with this score.

We do not yet have an occupation ceiling for the ICT Security Specialist Occupation – this would appear to be an oversight.

The following occupations have experienced significant decreases in their occupation ceilings – It is possible that some of these occupations might go onto the pro rata list in the 2017-18 year:

  • Bricklayers and Stonemasons: Decreased by 480 places to 1271
  • Other Medical Practitioners: Decreased by 315 places to 1000
  • Metal Fitters and Machinists: Decreased by 1347 places to 5330
  • Solicitors: Decreased by 993 places to 4161
  • Engineering Managers: Decreased by 252 places to 1155
  • Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics: Decreased by 274 places to 1427
  • Social Workers: Decreased by 221 places to 1562
  • Special Education Teachers: Decreased by 126 places to 1000
  • Carpenters and Joiners: Decreased by 750 places to 6968
  • Medical Laboratory Scientists: Decreased by 115 places to 1487
  • Chefs: Decreased by 179 places to 2675
  • Electronics Trades Workers: Decreased by 115 places to 1878

Underlying Data

Occupation Ceiling 2016-17 Ceiling 2017-18 Change %
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1751 1271 -480 -27.4%
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1315 1000 -315 -24.0%
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 6677 5330 -1347 -20.2%
2713 Solicitors 5154 4161 -993 -19.3%
1332 Engineering Managers 1407 1155 -252 -17.9%
2333 Electrical Engineers 1254 1042 -212 -16.9%
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1701 1427 -274 -16.1%
2725 Social Workers 1783 1562 -221 -12.4%
2415 Special Education Teachers 1126 1000 -126 -11.2%
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 7718 6968 -750 -9.7%
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1602 1487 -115 -7.2%
3513 Chefs 2854 2675 -179 -6.3%
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 1993 1878 -115 -5.8%
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1475 1407 -68 -4.6%
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1035 1000 -35 -3.4%
3322 Painting Trades Workers 2871 2780 -91 -3.2%
3332 Plasterers 2149 2103 -46 -2.1%
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8032 7910 -122 -1.5%
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 4466 4426 -40 -0.9%
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2312 Marine Transport Professionals 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2347 Veterinarians 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2519 Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2526 Podiatrists 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3495 3495 0 0.0%
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2534 Psychiatrists 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2535 Surgeons 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2711 Barristers 1000 1000 0 0.0%
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000 1000 0 0.0%
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000 1000 0 0.0%
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1000 1000 0 0.0%
3211 Automotive Electricians 1000 1000 0 0.0%
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1000 1000 0 0.0%
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1000 1000 0 0.0%
3331 Glaziers 1000 1000 0 0.0%
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1000 1000 0 0.0%
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1000 1000 0 0.0%
3411 Electricians 9345 9354 9 0.1%
1331 Construction Managers 5289 5400 111 2.1%
2544 Registered Nurses 16346 16741 395 2.4%
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 1391 1474 83 6.0%
3341 Plumbers 5169 5507 338 6.5%
3212 Motor Mechanics 5597 5980 383 6.8%
2541 Midwives 1017 1090 73 7.2%
2525 Physiotherapists 1345 1464 119 8.8%
2524 Occupational Therapists 1000 1109 109 10.9%
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1000 1113 113 11.3%
2723 Psychologists 1532 1750 218 14.2%
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1177 1374 197 16.7%
3941 Cabinetmakers 1568 1905 337 21.5%
3241 Panelbeaters 1000 1344 344 34.4%
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 1822 2639 817 44.8%
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 2174 3296 1122 51.6%
2631 Computer Network Professionals* 1426 1318 -108 -7.6%
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* 1413 1327 -86 -6.1%
2334 Electronics Engineers* 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2339 Other Engineering Professionals* 1000 1000 0 0.0%
2211 Accountants* 2500 4785 2285 91.4%
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers* 1539 2178 639 41.5%
2613 Software and Applications Programmers* 5662 6202 540 9.5%
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts* 1482 1574 92 6.2%

 

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