August 18th, 2020

Iscah comments on July skill select round 2020

Now that DHA have published their July 2020 189/491 invitation results we can see some more clarity
https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/invitation-rounds

500 invitations were given for the 189 round and 100 for the 491 (family sponsored) round.
It looks like the 491 round was run first and hence we had the unusual result of a massive 48 invites given for the 2335 group. This is a result of the backlog of many 491s in that category that have not received an invite for many months and suggests no occupational quota was enforced on that July 491 round. So when the 189 round was then run , in fact it is likely no invites were received for the 2335 group as they more than had enough invites in the 491 round.

Also around 400 of the invites were given for the NON PRO RATA occupations and around 100 for the PRO RATA occupations. This likely a result of them only inviting occupations that are considered critical to the COVID19 recovery.

From what we can see those occupations that have been flagged as being able to receive invites at the moment are the following

Occupations considered critical for Covid19

2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals
2333 Electrical Engineers
2334 Electronics Engineers*
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*
2336 Mining Engineers
2339 Other Engineering Professionals*
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists
2342 Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists
2345 Life Scientists
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals
2524 Occupational Therapists
2525 Physiotherapists
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists
2539 Other Medical Practitioners
2541 Midwives
2544 Registered Nurses
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals
2723 Psychologists
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists

Finally the occupational ceilings were announced for 2020/21 and they are here
https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/occupation-ceilings
Note that does NOT mean this is the amount that will be invited for each occupation, it is simply a ceiling that cannot be exceeded.

The number of Accountants falling to 1000 is very disappointing. All other occupations look to have been slightly adjusted to match a figure equal to 6% of the number of total people employed in that occupation in Australia

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