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Australia has announced the Occupation Ceilings for 2019-20 Program Year

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 09, Aug 2019

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Australian government has announced the Occupation Ceiling limit for the program year 2019-20. These are the high demand skilled occupations in Australia listed in the official list of eligible skilled occupations in Australia. This occupation ceiling is applicable to invitations issued under the independent, skilled regional (provisional) visas under General Skilled Migration (GSM) program.

However, this occupation limit is not applicable to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses. Let's find out more about the latest occupation ceiling limit announcement by Australia.

What is Occupation Ceiling?

Every year, a huge number of skilled workers and professionals from overseas apply in the Skilled Migration Program of Australia, which is based on the occupations listed in the SOL (Skilled Occupation List), i.e. known as combined list of eligible skilled occupations now a days. This list has over 200 occupations and it is updated periodically by DHA (Department of Home Affairs) Australia based on the current occupation demand status.

However, there is a limit to the number of 'Expression of Interest' (EOI) or invites to be issued by an occupation group. This limit is known as occupation ceilings.Once this limit is reached for a particular occupation, no further invitations will be issued for that particular occupation group in the ongoing program year.

Occupations with high ceilings

The Occupation ceilings gives you the good indication, as to which occupation is in great demand in Australia. For instance, the occupation ceiling for the occupation of Registered Nurses is more than 17, 000. Moreover, it considerably high, i.e. more than 8,000 for the occupations, such as, Software and Applications Programmers, Secondary School Teachers, Carpenters and Joiners and Electricians.

Occupation ID Description Occupation Ceiling Value 2019-20 Invitations to 11/07/2019
2544 Registered Nurses 17,509 52
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8,052 5
2613 Software and Applications Programmers* 8,748 265
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 8,536 0
3411 Electricians 8,624 <5

Ceilings for IT- Occupations

The demand of IT occupations in Australia always remains on higher side and the program year 2019-20 is no exception to the same. The Occupation ceiling of the key IT occupations, i.e. Software and Applications Programmers, Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists, ICT Business and Systems Analysts, Computer Network Professionals, etc. is quite significant in this program year.

Occupation ID Description Occupation Ceiling Value 2019-20 Invitations to 11/07/2019
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts* 2,587 79
2612 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 1,000 7
2613 Software and Applications Programmers* 8,748 265
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,887 34
2631 Computer Network Professionals* 2,553 77

If you are an IT professional, you have even more reasons to apply Australia PR visa this year. The upcoming immigration point system changes, will also benefit the STEM graduate by allocating them additional points for STEM education.

Note:The occupations marked with start are the occupations that are subject to pro rata arrangements. Also, for Accountants (2211) the occupational ceiling also reflects volumes in other skilled visa categories.

Apply visa nominating right occupation before it reaches the ceiling

Although, limit for certain occupations is quite high, however, considering the massive competition for Australian skilled visa, you never know, when it reaches the limit. Hence, if you aspire to get Skilled PR Visa in Australia, you must prepare your file, nominate the relevant occupation and submit he EOI (Expression of interest) quickly to get the timely invitation to apply for visa from Department of Home Affairs, Australia.

Call Visas Avenue to apply for the best Skilled PR visa for your profile

If you want to apply for the most appropriate visa in Australia this year based on your profile, selecting the right occupation, you may contact qualified immigration experts at Visas Avenue Immigration. Visas Avenue is a top and registered Visa Consultancy for Australia.

It offers inclusive assistance to the applicants aspiring to move to Australia on Skilled PR visa, visit visa, family sponsored visa, etc. The certified Australia migration experts at Visas Avenue, every year helps huge number of visa applicants to apply and get Australian visa approvals in quick time with an outstanding success rate.

To start your Australia immigration process at earliest, you may call, Visas Avenue immigration experts on Toll-Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Moreover, to get your eligibility checked and subsequently, receive a call from the expert, you may fill the free assessment form.


Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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