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 65 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 (this occupation also considered visa granted in the other skilled visas)
  • 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. Occupation ceiling values do not represent the number of visas that will be issued, these are a maximum figure based on a percentage of local 'stock' figures (the number of people employed in Australia) for each occupation as determined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 programme year Latest update reflects details provided by the DHA following the 20th June 2018 round of visa invitations (the last round of the 2017-18 migration year).

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
1213 Livestock Farmers 4196 4196 0.00 n/a n/a
1331 Construction Managers 5400 5353 0.87 111 2.6
1332 Engineering Managers 1155 1141 1.21 -252 2.6
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1000 991 0.90 0 0.4
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1374 1363 0.80 197 2.2
2211 Accountants 4785 1927 59.73 2285 100.0
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 1327 329 75.21 -86 100.0
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1000 958 4.20 0 13.2
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1000 985 1.50 -35 7.1
2247 Management consultant 3285 3244 1.25 n/a n/a
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 1474 1339 9.16 83 39.0
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1000 968 3.20 0 12.0
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1000 809 19.10 0 93.2
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 3296 2851 13.50 1122 98.9
2333 Electrical Engineers 1042 813 21.98 -212 87.6
2334 Electronics Engineers 1000 499 50.10 0 100.0
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 2178 983 54.87 639 100.0
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 1000 358 64.20 0 101.8
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1000 918 8.20 0 23.1
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1487 1435 3.50 -115 9.9
2347 Veterinarians 1000 967 3.30 0 13.8
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1000 981 1.90 0 2.5
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2639 2575 2.43 817 14.5
2414 Secondary School Teachers 7910 7704 2.60 -122 8.1
2415 Special Education Teachers 1000 992 0.80 -126 1.9
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1113 1084 2.61 113 11.6
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1000 988 1.20 0 1.1
2519 Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1000 999 0.10 0 0.5
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1000 990 1.00 0 4.2
2524 Occupational Therapists 1109 1075 3.07 109 14.9
2525 Physiotherapists 1464 1413 3.48 119 14.2
2526 Podiatrists 1000 994 0.60 0 2.8
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1000 972 2.80 0 7.6
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3495 3324 4.89 0 14.4
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1000 972 2.80 0 5.7
2534 Psychiatrists 1000 988 1.20 0 1.7
2535 Surgeons 1000 989 1.10 0 2.1
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1000 685 31.50 -315 68.1
2541 Midwives 1090 1080 0.92 73 4.3
2544 Registered Nurses 16741 15903 5.01 395 21.3
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts 1574 394 74.97 92 100.0
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 6202 2573 58.51 540 100.0
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2391 2085 12.80 - -
2631 Computer Network Professionals 1318 555 57.89 -108 103.9
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1000 614 38.60 0 100.0
2711 Barristers 1000 999 0.10 0 0.2
2713 Solicitors 4161 4066 2.28 -993 5.5
2723 Psychologists 1750 1723 1.54 218 8.3
2725 Social Workers 1562 1436 8.07 -221 14.9
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000 969 3.10 0 16.1
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000 973 2.70 0 9.7
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1000 988 1.20 0 3.2
3211 Automotive Electricians 1000 1000 0.00 0 1.2
3212 Motor Mechanics 5980 5929 0.85 383 3.8
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1000 999 0.10 0 0.2
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 4426 4410 0.36 -40 1.4
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 5330 5311 0.36 -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 1261 0.79 -480 1.9
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 6968 6949 0.27 -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 2099 0.19 -46 1.2
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1407 1407 0.00 -68 0.4
3341 Plumbers 5507 5501 0.11 338 1.5
3411 Electricians 9354 9318 0.38 9 2.2
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1427 1423 0.28 -274 1.6
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1000 1000 0.00 0 0.7
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 1878 1853 1.33 -115 3.3
3513 Chefs 2675 2609 2.47 -179 6.7
3941 Cabinetmakers 1905 1903 0.10 337 0.3
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1000 1000 0.00 0 0.2