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2020-2021 Occupational Ceilings for Subclass 189 & 491 visas



In independent and skilled regional (provisional) visas application, Occupational Ceilings refer to the capping number of invitationsstate and government imposed limits on the issuing of Skilled Migrant visas for each profession.Immigration News

2020-2021 Occupational Ceilings for Subclass 189 & 491 visas

Unlike the Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa which requires a nomination by the State, the Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) does not require the sponsorship of a State or family member to secure permanent residency in Australia.

 

The subclass 189 visa is available to skilled workers with an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list, have a positive skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority for the occupation and have been invited to apply for the visa based on the number of points scored against a variety of factors used by the Department.

 

The criteria for the 189 visa differs for New Zealand citizens who must provide evidence such as length of residency in Australia, taxable income for the five financial years immediately preceding the application and visa currently held.

 

What are Occupational Ceilings?

Occupational ceilings are only applicable to invitations issued for 189 visas or subclass 491 visas under the family sponsored stream. Occupation ceilings are based on data provided by the Australia Bureau of Statistics relating to employment figures for each profession and ensure an appropriate distribution of invitations each year per occupation.  

 

Do I need an EOI for 189 & 491 Visa? 

Once a particular occupation has reached its quota for the program year, the Department will not issue any further invitations for applicants under that specific occupation. This means that applicants wishing to submit an EOI for that particular occupation would need to wait until the occupational ceiling figures for the next programme year are released. The occupation ceiling essentially places a limit on the number of Expression of Interests (EOIs) that can be selected for subclass 189 and subclass 491 family sponsored visas for each occupation and prevents a small number of occupations from dominating the skilled migration programme.

 

2020-21 Occupational Ceilings

The occupational ceilings for the year 2020-21 program have been released by the Department of Home Affairs and are represented below:

 

OCCUPATION ID

OCCUPATION

2020 – 2021 OCCUPATION CEILING

1331

Construction Managers

7145

1332

Engineering Managers

1474

1341

Child Care Centre Managers

1000

1342

Health and Welfare Services Managers

1666

1399

Other Specialist Managers

4188

2111

Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers

1000

2112

Music Professionals

1000

2121

Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters

1000

2211

Accountants*

1000

2212

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*

1619

2241

Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

1000

2243

Economists

1000

2245

Land Economists and Valuers

1000

2247

Management consultant

4526

2321

Architects and Landscape Architects

1452

2322

Cartographers and Surveyors

1000

2331

Chemical and Materials Engineers

1000

2332

Civil Engineering Professionals

3919

2333

Electrical Engineers

1348

2334

Electronics Engineers*

1000

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*

2682

2336

Mining Engineers

1000

2339

Other Engineering Professionals*

1000

2341

Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

1000

2342

Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists

1000

2343

Environmental Scientists

1295

2344

Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists

1000

2345

Life Scientists

1000

2346

Medical Laboratory Scientists

1536

2347

Veterinarians

1000

2349

Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

1056

2411

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

3321

2414

Secondary School Teachers

8716

2415

Special Education Teachers

1721

2421

University Lecturers and Tutors

5042

2512

Medical Imaging Professionals

1161

2514

Optometrists and Orthoptists

1000

2519

Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals

1000

2521

Chiropractors and Osteopaths

1000

2524

Occupational Therapists

1461

2525

Physiotherapists

1685

2526

Podiatrists

1000

2527

Speech Professionals and Audiologists

1000

2531

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

4257

2533

Internal Medicine Specialists

1000

2534

Psychiatrists

1000

2535

Surgeons

1000

2539

Other Medical Practitioners

1168

2541

Midwives

1333

2544

Registered Nurses

17859

2611

ICT Business and Systems Analysts*

2273

2612

Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers

1000

2613

Software and Applications Programmers*

8405

2621

Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists

2667

2631

Computer Network Professionals*

2245

2633

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

1000

2711

Barristers

1000

2713

Solicitors

4535

2723

Psychologists

1545

2725

Social Workers

1862

3122

Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1000

3123

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1000

3132

Telecommunications Technical Specialists

1000

3211

Automotive Electricians

1000

3212

Motor Mechanics

5205

3222

Sheetmetal Trades Workers

1000

3223

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

4866

3232

Metal Fitters and Machinists

6335

3233

Precision Metal Trades Workers

1000

3241

Panelbeaters

1000

3311

Bricklayers and Stonemasons

1712

3312

Carpenters and Joiners

6812

3322

Painting Trades Workers

3303

3331

Glaziers

1000

3332

Plasterers

1452

3334

Wall and Floor Tilers

1000

3341

Plumbers

5861

3411

Electricians

8021

3421

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

1581

3422

Electrical Distribution Trades Workers

1000

3423

Electronics Trades Workers

2047

3513

Chefs

2256

3611

Animal Attendants and Trainers

1239

3941

Cabinetmakers

1694

3991

Boat Builders and Shipwrights

1000

4523

Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials

1262

4524

Sportspersons

1000

 

 

 

 

Note – Occupations with the asterix (*) mark simply means that they are subject to a pro-rate arrangement. For Accountants with occupation ID – 2211, the occupational ceiling also reflects volumes in other skilled visa categories.

 

Remember, occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visas and only concern applicants lodging an EOI for a subclass 189 or a subclass 491 visa in the family sponsored stream.

 

At No Borders Migration, we ensure that you are updated on all the latest migration news and recent announcements from the Australian Government.

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