The first round of the current economic year has began what will surely be a trend for the remainder of the SkillSelect program until June 2020. Due to the reduction in locations in the Skilled Migration stream, only 1000 subclass 189 visa applications were sent. Surprisingly, however, 100 invites supported by the Subclass 489 family were given, probably owing to the imminent completion of the 489 program in November.
The points rating for non-pro rata 189 stayed at 80 points, with a waiting period of about two months.
The lowest score for this round’s invite was 80 points, with an invite waiting for 6 months.
Pro-rata occupations are categorized as those in which there is more demand for locations than locations are accessible. Usually, these occupations have a point score greater than non-pro-rate occupations.
|Occupation ID||Description||Minimum Points Score||Latest date of EOI|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||85||9/03/2019 11:46pm|
|2334||Electronics Engineer||80||5/05/2019 7:01pm|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||80||10/05/2019 2:51pm|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals||80||1/04/2019 4:39pm|
|2611||ICT Business and System Analysts||80||12/04/2019 11:53pm|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers||80||13/05/2019 7:10am|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals||80||13/05/2019 7:32am|
Half of the applications were made to four primary occupational organizations: Software and Applications Programers (264), Architects and Landscape Architects (124), Accountants (83), and ICT Business and Systems Analysts (79). Three of these fit into the pro-rata system as shown in the chart above, which means they are probable to fill up very rapidly and rivalry for them will be very large.
The first step would be to see if there’s any way of performing better on the point test. This may be through partner skill points, higher English, or additional work experience.