FRESH START: OCCUPATIONS FOR AUSTRALIAN SKILLED MIGRATION

Australia allocates 190,000 permanent resident visas for skilled migrants, family-sponsored visa applicants as well as those in the special eligibility stream.  Last year’s Migration Programme levels (similar to the new one) comprise:

128,550 places for skilled migrants including employer sponsored migrants, general skilled migrants and business migrants

60,885 places for family migrants who are sponsored by family members

565 places for special eligibility migrants, who include former permanent residents and have maintained close business, cultural or personal ties with Australia

As explained by DIBP, “the skill stream comprises around 68 per cent of the programme, while the family stream comprises 32 per cent”

For the skilled migrants, a cap or ceiling per occupation is established. This year’s occupation celings are shown below:.

SkillSelect program explains:

“An occupation ceiling will be applied to invitations to apply to migrate under the points based skilled visas of the general skilled migration programme. There will be a limit on how many invitations are issued in these subclasses for a particular occupation to ensure that the migration programme is not dominated by a small number of occupations.

Occupational ceilings do not apply to, State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.”

Certain occupations attract more applicants, hence a “pro rata” scheduling for the occupations below has been arranged.  Arrangements vary from one programme year to the next.

The DIBP table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2014-2015 programme year for each occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group, and the number of invitations issued for each occupation in the current programme year to date:

Occupations ceilings for the 2014-15 programme year

Occupation ID

Description

Ceiling value

Results to date

1331

Construction Managers

5178

0

1332

Engineering Managers

1428

0

1335

Production Managers

3132

0

1341

Child Care Centre Managers

1000

0

1342

Health and Welfare Services Managers

1356

0

2211

Accountants 

5478

0

2212

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

1188

0

2241

Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

1000

0

2245

Land Economists and Valuers

1000

0

2312

Marine Surveyor

1000

0

2321

Architects and Landscape Architects

1476

0

2322

Cartographers and Surveyors

1000

0

2326

Urban and Regional Planners

1000

0

2331

Chemical and Materials Engineers

1000

0

2332

Civil Engineering Professionals

2850

0

2333

Electrical Engineers

1332

0

2334

Electronics Engineers

1000

0

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

1680

0

2336

Mining Engineers

1000

0

2339

Other Engineering Professionals

1000

0

2341

Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

1000

0

2346

Medical Laboratory Scientists

1092

0

2347

Veterinarians

1000

0

2349

Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

1000

0

2411

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

1404

0

2414

Secondary School Teachers

7002

0

2415

Special Education Teachers

1044

0

2512

Medical Imaging Professionals

1014

0

2513

Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals

1470

0

2514

Optometrists and Orthoptists

1000

0

2521

Chiropractors and Osteopaths

1000

0

2523

Dental Practitioners

1000

0

2524

Occupational Therapists

1000

0

2525

Physiotherapists

1188

0

2526

Podiatrists

1000

0

2527

Speech Professionals and Audiologists

1000

0

2531

Generalist Practitioners

3672

0

2532

Anaesthetists

1000

0

2533

Internal Medicine Specialists

1000

0

2534

Psychiatrists

1000

0

2535

Surgeons

1000

0

2539

Other Medical Practitioners

1000

0

2541

Midwives

1000

0

2544

Registered Nurses

15 042

0

2611

ICT Business and Systems Analysts 

1620

0

2613

Software and Applications Programmers 

5004

0

2631

Computer Network Professionals

1788

0

2633

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

1000

0

2711

Barristers

1000

0

2713

Solicitors

3426

0

2723

Psychologists

1248

0

2725

Social Workers

1968

0

3122

Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1000

0

3123

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1000

0

3132

Telecommunications Technical Specialists

1000

0

3211

Automotive Electricians

1000

0

3212

Motor Mechanics

6444

0

3222

Sheetmetal Trades Workers

1000

0

3223

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

4482

0

3232

Metal Fitters and Machinists

6816

0

3233

Precision Metal Trades Workers

1000

0

3311

Bricklayers and Stonemasons

1506

0

3312

Carpenters and Joiners

7164

0

3322

Painting Trades Workers

2448

0

3331

Glaziers

1000

0

3332

Plasterers

1980

0

3334

Wall and Floor tilers

1110

0

3341

Plumbers

4464

0

3411

Electricians

7854

0

3421

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

1626

0

3422

Electrical Trades Distribution Workers

1000

0

3423

Electronics Trades Workers

2580

0

3513

Chefs

2547

0

3991

Boat Builders and Shipwrights

1000

0

4112

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists

1000

0

 

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