Recent data from DIBP indicates that the annual limitations for invitations to apply for the subclass 189 independent skilled visa and the family sponsored option for the subclass 489 visa have been reached for several popular groups of occupation codes including accountants, electronics engineers, ICT Business and System Analysts and others. The occupation limits or ceilings are normally reset each financial year beginning on 1 July, however there is concern this year as DIBP has indicated more changes to the new MLTSSL occupation list used to determine which occupations are eligible for the 189 will be announced effective 1 July 2017.

DIBP data available here shows that annual occupational limits have been reached for the following occupation ANZSCO unit groups, as indicated by the first 4 digits of the ANZSCO code for occupations:

  • 2631 – Computer Network Professionals – Limit exceeded by 56
  • 2339 – Other Engineering Professionals – Limit Exceeded by 18
  • 2211 – Accountants – Limit reached
  • 2212 – Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers – Limit Reached
  • 2334 – Electronics Engineers – Limit Reached
  • 2335 – Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers – Limit Reached
  • 2611 – ICT Business and Systems Analysts – Limit Reached
  • 2613 – Software and applications Programmers – Limit Reached
  • 2633 – Telecommunications Engineering Professionals – 9 places remaining

The occupational ceilings noted here only apply to the subclass 189 visa – other skilled visas including the state sponsored subclass 489 and 190 visas.

The subclass 189 visa is available to apply for upon invitation from DIBP after an applicant lodges an Expression of Interest with DIBP that includes a completed skills assessment, qualifying English test score, and points claims for at least 60 points on the skilled visa points test.

The occupational ceilings noted here only apply to the subclass 189 visa – other skilled visas including the state sponsored subclass 489 and 190 visas.