SKILLSELECT 11 AUGUST 2018 INVITATION ROUND RESULTS
The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 11 August 2018.
Invitations issued on 11 August 2018
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||2490|
|Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489)||10|
During the 2018-19 program year, the following numbers of invitations have been issued:
Invitations issued during the 2018-19 program year
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||1000||2490||||3490|
|Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)||10||10||20|
The above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses. State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas.
11 August 2018 results
The following graph shows the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 11 August 2018 round.
Invitation process and cut offs
The highest ranked clients by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For clients who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass (referred to as the date of effect) determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.
SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189)and then the remaining to Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visas (subclass 489). If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas, then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations.
|Visa Subclass||Minimum Points score||Date of effect|
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||70||30/05/2018 6:16 AM|
|Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)||80||24/06/2018 10:10 PM|
Due to high levels of demand and in keeping with previous years, the below occupation groups will be subject to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the program year.
Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 11 August 2018 invitation round.
|Occupation ID||Description||Minimum Points score||Date of effect|
|2211||Accountants||80||15/03/2018 4:05 PM|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||80||14/03/2018 9:40 PM|
|2334||Electronics Engineer||75||19/07/2018 4:13 PM|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||70||4/12/2017 11:13 AM|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals||75||16/05/2018 4:08 PM|
|2611||ICT Business and System Analysts||75||7/04/2018 3:25 AM|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers||75||20/06/2018 8:32 PM|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals||70||27/09/2017 12:29 PM|
My “Top 5 Observations” from 11 Aug 2018 invitation round results
Number of Subclass 189 Invitations has increased by about 250%
This is excellent news. Number of invitations issued for Subclass 189 occupations have increased by about 250%, from 1000 places in July 2018 per month to 2490 in Aug 2018 per month.
Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Relative sponsored) invitations stay the same
There is still no change to Subclass 489 family sponsored EOI’s being invited. Invitations for this subclass remain very low at only 10 per month, requiring a minimum points-test score of 80 (70+10 SC 489-relative sponsored points).
Minimum EOI Score an invitation was sent out to remains at 70 points
The minimum score an invitation was issued for in this round was 70 points.
This means that there were enough Expression of Interest (EOIs) lodged previously with a score of 70 points or above, and EOIs with a score of 65 points were NOT issued any invitation in this round.
Non pro-rata Subclass 189 occupation EOI’s need minimum 70 points to get invited
Non pro-rata occupations are those for which there is less demand for places as compared to the occupations that are pro-rated.
The minimum points-test score for non-pro rata SC189 occupation EOI to be invited remained at 70 points.
Given the current trend, a person who has lodged an Expression of Interest (EOI) for a Subclass 189 non pro-rata occupation would need to wait approximately 3-5 months depending on occupation to receive an invitation if they have reached the score of 70 points.
Pro-rata occupations are those for which there is high demand, which is generally more than there are actual number of places available for the occupations.
For example, Accountant (General), ICT Business Analyst, Electronics Engineer etc. are all pro-rata occupations.
There is immense competition currently to be invited under most of the pro-rata occupations.
The pass mark was increased by DHA on 1 July 2018 to 65 points. As a person with an EOI lodged in a pro-rata occupation, you will need to obtain a higher points-test score than the non pro-rata occupations generally.
In this round, ICT Business Analyst and Electronics Engineer occupation EOI’s were invited at 75 points within 6 weeks and some backlog was cleared.
However, for Accountants, Auditors etc. there remains a heavy backlog of 80 pointers still, given that the invitations were sent out to March 2018 lodged EOIs.
Should DHA continue the trend of number of invitations to be the same of higher than 2490 per month, then it is highly likely that these scores would reduce in the upcoming invitation rounds.
Once we have at least 4 rounds of invitation results in this financial year 2018-19, it would become clearer and assist us in being able to better forecast the invitation trends.
Top strategies to help you maximise your prospects of receiving an Invitation?
There are multiple strategies you can implement to increase your points score to receive an Invitation to Apply as per below:
Nomination by a State or Union Territory Government for Subclass 190 or Subclass 489 visas (up to 10 points)
Nomination by a State or Union Territory Government in Australia is an excellent opportunity for many people.
In return for your commitment to the State, for Subclass 190 nomination, you get 5 additional points and for subclass 489 nomination you get 10 additional points, which is highly advantageous.
Since last year, we have had many clients who have not been able to receive an Invitation via SkillSelect under Subclass 189 pathway however, have been successful in obtaining Subclass 190 or Subclass 489 nominations depending on their occupations.
Although, subclass 189 invitations are only be sent to applicants with an EOI lodged under an occupation listed on the MLTSSL.
However, many states and regions have other occupations in demand and are keen to sponsor occupations listed on all three skilled migration occupation lists including the: MLTSSL, STSOL and ROL.
This means should you be successful in obtaining State or Regional nomination, you will be able to receive an invitation to apply via SkillSelect without the need to obtain really high points score.
Increasing your English Language Test Score (up to 20 points)
English Language score is the single most important criteria that can assist you by adding 20 points to your overall points-test score.
By undertaking an English test and scoring Superior English: 79+ in each component in PTE Academic or 8.0 in each component in IELTS, you can increase your points-test score by 20 points.
By scoring Proficient English: 65+ in each component in PTE Academic or 7.0 in each component in IELTS, you can increase your points-test score by 10 points.
Partner Skill Qualifications (up to 5 points)
If your Spouse or De-Facto Partner can pass a skills assessment in an occupation on the applicable Skilled Occupation List for your subclass.
Designated Language – NAATI Credentialled Community Language Test (CCL) (up to 5 points)
If you are accredited as a para-professional interpreter or translator (level 2) by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) or
if you have passed a professional interpreter or translator Credentialled Community Language (CCL) Test i.e. from Arabic to English, or Hindi to English (or another language and/or direction) by NAATI,
then you may be able to claim additional points.
Tertiary education in Australia (up to 10 points)
If you have completed tertiary education in Australia and especially if you have studied in a regional area of Australia, you may be able to claim additional points for that.
Professional Year completed in Australia (up to 5 points)
If you have completed a professional year by a government recognised provider in Australia, you may be eligible to claim additional points.
It is positive news for all applicants that DHA have increased the total number of invitations to 2490 for Subclass 189 in the 11 August 2018 round.
However, it remains to be seen whether this trend in number of invitations would continue or not.
Undoubtedly, there is immense competition in being able to receive an invitation in subclass 189 pro-rata occupation and high point scorers will continue to be invited first.
Australia recently got a new Prime Minister on 27 August 2018, and the changes in the skilled migration program continue to be announced and will need to be closely watched by all prospective applicants.
We strongly recommend you to seek advice from a reputable Registered Migration Agent or Solicitor who specialise in Australian migration law.
If you would like more information on how these changes could affect your case, please book an Initial Consultation.