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Want to migrate to Australia? Occupation ceilings for the 2019-20 announced

Source: SBS

Occupations ceiling ensure that the skilled migration program is not dominated by a small number of occupations.

Each year thousands of migrants apply for Australia’s Skilled Migration program based on the occupations listed in the Skilled Occupations List (SOL).

This list currently has more than 200 occupations listed on the Skilled Occupations List and is updated regularly by the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA).

But there’s a limit to the number of ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) or invites issued from an occupation group. This limit is called occupation ceilings.

‘Occupations ceiling ensure that the skilled migration program is not dominated by a small number of occupations,’ the DoHA explains.

‘Once this limit is reached, no further invitations for that particular occupation group will be issued for that program year.

‘Invitations will then be allocated to intending migrants in other occupation groups even if they are lower ranking.’

'Ceilings should not be mistaken for the number of places on offer'

According to Melbourne-based registered MARA agent, Rohit Mohan, occupation ceilings play an important role in giving an insight into which occupations are in more demand. 

"If you look at the occupation ceiling released by the department, you will see some occupations have a higher ceiling while some have a low ceiling. 

"The occupation ceiling for registered nurses is more than 17,000, for electricians, carpenters, secondary school teachers and software programmers it is more than 8,000 while for music professionals, economists and cartographers, it is 1000. This shows which occupations are in more demand and needs more skilled migrants," Mr Mohan told SBS Hindi

But he advises that ceilings should not be mistaken for the number of invites to be issued.

"Australia has reduced its migration program for 2019-20 but this is not completely reflected in the ceilings announced. The numbers are a ceiling and it does not mean that these many invitations will be given. 

"What this ceiling means is once this limit is reached, no further invitations for that particular occupation group will be issued for that program year," Mr Mohan explains. 

Occupation ceilings for 2019-20 

The occupation ceilings for the 2019-20 program year for each occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations have been released.

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

Occupation ceilings for the 2019-20 program year.

Occupation IDDescriptionOccupation Ceiling Value 2019-20
1213Livestock Farmers5,934
1331Construction Managers4,983
1332Engineering Managers1,000
1341Child Care Centre Managers1,000
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers1,785
1399Other Specialist Managers3,044
2111Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers1,000
2112Music Professionals1,000
2121Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters1,098
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1,552
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians1,000
2245Land Economists and Valuers1,000
2247Management consultant5,269
2321Architects and Landscape Architects2,171
2322Cartographers and Surveyors1,000
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1,000
2332Civil Engineering Professionals3,772
2333Electrical Engineers1,000
2334Electronics Engineers*1,000
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*1,600
2336Mining Engineers1,000
2339Other Engineering Professionals*1,000
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists1,000
2342Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists1,000
2343Environmental Scientists1,472
2344Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists1,000
2345Life Scientists1,000
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists1,505
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals1,000
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers2,294
2414Secondary School Teachers8,052
2415Special Education Teachers1,111
2421University Lecturers and Tutors3,407
2512Medical Imaging Professionals1,203
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists1,000
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals1,000
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths1,000
2524Occupational Therapists1,082
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists1,000
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers3,550
2533Internal Medicine Specialists1,000
2539Other Medical Practitioners1,250
2544Registered Nurses17,509
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*2,587
2612Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers1,000
2613Software and Applications Programmers*8,748
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists2,887
2631Computer Network Professionals*2,553
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1,000
2725Social Workers2,128
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,000
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,000
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists1,000
3211Automotive Electricians1,000
3212Motor Mechanics6,399
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers1,000
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers3,983
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists7,007
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers1,000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons1,610
3312Carpenters and Joiners8,536
3322Painting Trades Workers3,330
3334Wall and Floor Tilers1,682
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics1,851
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers1,000
3423Electronics Trades Workers1,313
3611Animal Attendants and Trainers1,051
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights1,000
4523Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials4,071

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Disclaimer: We’d like to point out that the information contained in this segment is general and is not specific advice. If you would like accurate information relevant to your situation, you should ask a registered migration agent.