Occupation Ceilings for the year 2019

Are you an international student in Australia and in view of the current trends, are worried about the fate of your Australian PR dreams? Well most of the international students, recent graduates and temporary workers are in utter disdain about the plight of their Australian dream keeping in view the high cut off scores coming out of skill select draws. In the first week of August, the Australian Department of Home Affairs has released the occupational ceilings for the year 2019 – 2020. Note that the occupations ceiling have been put into place to ensure that all occupational groups get the same number of invitations rather than dominated by a few fields. 

The occupational ceilings list has currently more than 200 occupations which are listed in the Australian Skilled Occupational Lists (SOL) and is regularly updated by the Australian Department of Home Affairs. There’s a limit to the number of ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) or invites issued from an occupation group and this limit is called occupation ceiling. The DoHA has proclaimed that ‘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.’ So if you are a skilled professional who is striving hard to make it big and finally find a place to be selected in the skill select draws than you should be watchful for the new developments coming your way and see whether your profession made the cut. 

It should also be noted here that the number of occupational ceiling should not be misinterpreted for the number of places available for skilled migrants. Occupational ceilings are there to ensure that each profession and occupation gets a fair number of share in the overall skilled migrant quota while the number of invites represent to the number total number that is to be issued. 

For a common man, when you look into the occupational ceilings chart, you may wonder why some occupations have small/medium number of invites and why some others have higher number of invites. This is in place because it is a true reflection of which certain occupations in Australia are in higher demand and which are in lesser demand. For instance the occupational ceiling for arts related occupations like musicians is only a mere 1000 places while that of registered nurses it is 17000 and you see there is a whopping disparity among the two professions simply because of the fact that nurses are in high demand in Australia and they have many options and pathways leading to PR pathway while musicians are on the demand on a lesser side. 

In addition to this, as mentioned above, some people may mistake that considering the higher number of ceilings that there are greater slots available this time but in reality it is not necessary that the DoHA will send out certain number of invites and they can be on a lesser number then the ceilings planned. Occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses. The occupational ceilings for the 2019-20 program year:

Occupation ID Description Occupation Ceiling Value 2019-2020
1213 Livestock Farmers 5,934
1331 Construction Managers 4,983
1332 Engineering Managers 1,000
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1,000
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1,785
1399 Other Specialist Managers 3,044
2111 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 1,000
2112 Music Professionals 1,000
2121 Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 1,098
2211 Accountants* 2,746
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* 1,552
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1,000
2243 Economists 1,000
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1,000
2247 Management consultant 5,269
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 2,171
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1,000
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1,000
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 3,772
2333 Electrical Engineers 1,000
2334 Electronics Engineers* 1,000
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers* 1,600
2336 Mining Engineers 1,000
2339 Other Engineering Professionals* 1,000
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1,000
2342 Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists 1,000
2343 Environmental Scientists 1,472
2344 Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 1,000
2345 Life Scientists 1,000
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,505
2347 Veterinarians 1,000
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1,000
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2,294
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8,052
2415 Special Education Teachers 1,111
2421 University Lecturers and Tutors 3,407
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1,203
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1,000
2519 Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1,000
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1,000
2524 Occupational Therapists 1,082
2525 Physiotherapists 1,784
2526 Podiatrists 1,000
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1,000
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3,550
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1,000
2534 Psychiatrists 1,000
2535 Surgeons 1,000
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1,250
2541 Midwives 1,218
2544 Registered Nurses 17,509
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts* 2,587
2612 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 1,000
2613 Software and Applications Programmers* 8,748
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,887
2631 Computer Network Professionals* 2,553
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000
2711 Barristers 1,000
2713 Solicitors 4,650
2723 Psychologists 1,832
2725 Social Workers 2,128
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1,000
3211 Automotive Electricians 1,000
3212 Motor Mechanics 6,399
3222 Sheet metal Trades Workers 1,000
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 3,983
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 7,007
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1,000
3241 Panel beaters 1,000
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1,610
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 8,536
3322 Painting Trades Workers 3,330
3331 Glaziers 1,000
3332 Plasterers 2,100
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1,682
3341 Plumbers 5,060
3411 Electricians 8,624
3421 Air conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1,851
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1,000
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 1,313
3513 Chefs 2,738
3611 Animal Attendants and Trainers 1,051
3941 Cabinetmakers 2,112
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1,000
4523 Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 4,071
4524 Sportspersons 1,000

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