SKILLSELECT 11 SEPTEMBER 2018 INVITATION ROUND RESULTS
The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the Skill Select invitation round on 11 September 2018.
Invitations issued on 11 September 2018
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||2490|
|Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489)||10|
During 2018-19 program year the following numbers of invitations have been issued:
Invitations issued during 2018-19 program year
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||1000||2490||2490||||5980|
|Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)||10||10||10||30|
The above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa sub classes. State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas.
11 September 2018 results
The following graph shows the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 11 September 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.
Skill Select 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||Points score||Date of effect|
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||70||21/06/2018 5:55pm|
|Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)||80||10/07/2018 11:22am|
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 September 2018 invitation round.
|Occupation ID||Description||Points score||Date of effect|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||80||1/05/2018 10:54am|
|2334||Electronics Engineer||70||15/11/2017 10:32am|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||70||18/01/2018 9:55pm|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals||75||3/07/2018 6:37pm|
|2611||ICT Business and System Analysts||75||28/05/2018 6:25pm|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers||75||20/08/2018 3:13pm|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals||70||17/01/2018 11:36am|
My “Top 5 Observations” from 11 Sep 2018 invitation round results
Number of Subclass 189 Invitations for Pro-Rata occupations remain the same: 2490;
Electronics Engineer occupation being invited at 70 points
This may imply that the DHA may now consistently send out the same number of SC189 invitations moving forward for Pro-rata occupations. Although the total number of quarter 1 (Jul – Sep) SC189 invitations is less as compared to Q1 2017, however, if a consistent number of 2490 invitations continue to be sent for the remainder of the year then overall 2018-19 financial year invitations would be a lot more than 2017-18 financial year.
The standout occupation was that of Electronics Engineer as the required points score reduced to 70 points from 75 in previous round, however, there is still a massive backlog of about 10 months at 70 points at this stage. The next few rounds will confirm the rate at which this backlog will be cleared with.
70 points still remains to be the minimum EOI Score required to receive a SC189 Invitation
The minimum score an invitation was issued for in this round continued to be at 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 invitations again in this round. The competition remains strong and it is highly recommended that applicants seriously consider maximising their points test scores to improve their prospects of receiving an invitation.
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). We believe that this trend would continue indicating that Department is giving low priority to Relative Sponsored applicants and preferring independent higher scoring applicants.
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 3-4 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 Analysts were invited at 75 points within 12 weeks and nearly 1.5 months worth of backlog was cleared.
For Accountants, Auditors etc. there remains a heavy backlog of 80 pointers still.
Over two months worth of backlog was cleared in this round.
Should DHA continue the trend of number of invitations to be the same or higher than 2490 per month, then it is highly likely that these scores would reduce in the upcoming invitation rounds.
Once we have the Oct 2018 round results, it would become clearer and assist us in being able to better forecast the invitation trends.
What changes to expect in 11 Oct 2018 round results?
We forecast that Software and Application Programmers occupation group: 2613 would reduce to 70 points
We expect the number of invitations to be the same and the minimum points-test score required to be 70, yet again
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 continued the total number of invitations of 2490 for Subclass 189.
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.
David Coleman has been appointed the new minister for immigration, and the changes in the skilled migration program continue to be announced and will need to be closely watched by all prospective applicants. As per the recent announcements made by the new minister for immigration, there is a push towards regional migration and the current government is considering extending the wait to 5 years on Regional visa from 2 years currently.
The current push towards “regional areas” would also drive new demand for Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) in the near future.
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.