Occupational Quotas 189/489 2017-18

Within the Skilled Independent Visas the number of places available for each occupation in any year is subject to Quota's. Once the occupation quota has been reached no further invitations for the visa subclasses 189 and 489 (family sponsored) will be issued for that occupation.

Whilst meeting the required selection criteria and obtaining a score of 60 points may enable you to submit an Expression of Interest this does not automatically result in an invitation to apply. The Expression of Interest is a competitive system with certain applications being provided priority processing. The amount of time it takes before you are invited to apply depends upon a number of factors and your circumstances. Different strategies might be considered to increase your likelihood of selection for invite from the EOI pool of interested applicants. EOI submissions can potentially remain in the pool for a period of up to 2 years.

Due to high demand for some occupations the DIBP issue invitations for the following occupation groups on a Pro Rata basis across the year. Priority is provided to individuals with higher points scores and where the same score to those who submitted the EOI earliest. In these occupations consideration should be given to your application strategy.

  • 2211 Accountants
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals
  • 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals

The table below shows the Quota's or Occupation Ceilings on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), and the maximum number of invitations that can be issued for each occupation for the 2017-18 programme year. For comparison the table also provides details of the increase or decrease in the number of places since the last year. Follow this link to see quota levels for the previous year.

Occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 programme year
Latest update reflects details provided by the DIBP following the 3rd January 2018 round of visa invitations.


ANZSCO Group Occupation Group 2017-18 Quota Places Remaining % of Quota used to date Change in quota from 2016-17 % of Quota used in 2016-17
1331 Construction Managers 5400 5354 0.85 111 2.6
1332 Engineering Managers 1155 1144 0.95 -252 2.6
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1000 993 0.70 0 0.4
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1374 1363 0.80 197 2.2
2211 Accountants 4785 2152 55.03 2285 100.0
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 1327 535 59.68 -86 100.0
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1000 975 2.50 0 13.2
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1000 990 1.00 -35 7.1
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 1474 1387 5.90 83 39.0
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1000 979 2.10 0 12.0
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1000 857 14.30 0 93.2
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 3296 2957 10.29 1122 98.9
2333 Electrical Engineers 1042 872 16.31 -212 87.6
2334 Electronics Engineers 1000 578 42.20 0 100.0
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 2178 1231 43.48 639 100.0
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 1000 481 51.90 0 101.8
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1000 946 5.40 0 23.1
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1487 1449 2.56 -115 9.9
2347 Veterinarians 1000 984 1.60 0 13.8
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1000 987 1.30 0 2.5
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2639 2595 1.67 817 14.5
2414 Secondary School Teachers 7910 7760 1.90 -122 8.1
2415 Special Education Teachers 1000 996 0.40 -126 1.9
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1113 1092 1.89 113 11.6
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1000 991 0.90 0 1.1
2519 Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1000 1000 0.00 0 0.5
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1000 993 0.70 0 4.2
2524 Occupational Therapists 1109 1088 1.89 109 14.9
2525 Physiotherapists 1464 1431 2.25 119 14.2
2526 Podiatrists 1000 996 0.40 0 2.8
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1000 984 1.60 0 7.6
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3495 3397 2.80 0 14.4
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1000 992 0.80 0 5.7
2534 Psychiatrists 1000 997 0.30 0 1.7
2535 Surgeons 1000 992 0.80 0 2.1
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1000 861 13.90 -315 68.1
2541 Midwives 1090 1085 0.46 73 4.3
2544 Registered Nurses 16741 16062 4.06 395 21.3
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts 1574 638 59.47 92 100.0
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 6202 3304 46.73 540 100.0
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2391 2216 7.32 - -
2631 Computer Network Professionals 1318 710 46.13 -108 103.9
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1000 691 30.90 0 100.0
2711 Barristers 1000 1000 0.00 0 0.2
2713 Solicitors 4161 4092 1.66 -993 5.5
2723 Psychologists 1750 1730 1.14 218 8.3
2725 Social Workers 1562 1472 5.76 -221 14.9
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000 978 2.20 0 16.1
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000 976 2.40 0 9.7
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1000 991 0.90 0 3.2
3211 Automotive Electricians 1000 1000 0.00 0 1.2
3212 Motor Mechanics 5980 5934 0.77 383 3.8
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1000 999 0.10 0 0.2
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 4426 4412 0.32 -40 1.4
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 5330 5314 0.30 -1347 1.4
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1000 1000 0.00 0 0.0
3241 Panelbeaters 1344 1343 0.07 344 0.6
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1271 1262 0.71 -480 1.9
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 6968 6951 0.24 -750 1.9
3322 Painting Trades Workers 2780 2775 0.18 -91 0.8
3331 Glaziers 1000 999 0.10 0 0.3
3332 Plasterers 2103 2102 0.05 -46 1.2
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1407 1407 0.00 -68 0.4
3341 Plumbers 5507 5503 0.07 338 1.5
3411 Electricians 9354 9327 0.29 9 2.2
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1427 1423 0.28 -274 1.6
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1000 999 0.10 0 0.7
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 1878 1857 1.12 -115 3.3
3513 Chefs 2675 2625 1.87 -179 6.7
3941 Cabinetmakers 1905 1903 0.10 337 0.3
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1000 1000 0.00 0 0.2