Overview of occupations that recieved Expression of interest

A higher number of invitations were issued for accountants and IT professionals than expected, and a number of occupational ceilings were filled in May.

Closed Occupations

The ceiling has been reached for the following occupations:

  • 2211 – Accountants
  • 2212 – Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasures
  • 2335 – Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • 2339 – Other Engineering Professionals
  • 2611 – ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • 2613 – Software and Applications Programmers
  • 2631 – Computer Network and Systems Engineers

As a result, no further invitations will be issued in these occupations for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visas or Family Sponsored 489 visas until 1 July 2016. Note that none of these have been removed from the Skilled Occupations List, so they will be available from 1 July 2016. It is also still possible to apply for state nominated skilled visas for these occupations.

It’s possible that these will become pro-rata occupations next program year, this means it is possible that higher point score or longer waiting times may apply to receive an invitation.