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06/07/2015

2015-16 Occupational Ceilings for Skilled Migration Released

The Department of Immigration has released the occupational ceilings for the 2015-16 financial year.
The occupational ceilings apply to Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Family Sponsored Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 visas.

Accountants and Auditors

The biggest change is the reduction of the occupational ceiling for accountants and auditors by some 50%:

This could have one of two possible effects:
  1. Places filling quickly - in this case, accountants should ensure they apply early in the program year; or
  2. A higher effective pass mark - Immigration may decide to limit the number of invitations issued to accountants each month. As a result, only the applicants with the highest points score will be invited

Nursing

The occupation ceiling for Registered Nurses was reduced by 8%. However, nursing still has the largest occupation ceiling of any occupational group, and as the ceiling was nowhere near being filled in 2015, this change should have negligible effect.

IT Professionals

Whilst the occupational ceiling for ICT Business and Systems Analysts has been reduced slightly, the ceiling for Software and Applications Programmers and Computer Network Professionals has been increased, with the result that overall slightly more places are available to IT professionals.
In 2015, some IT occupations were filled and others close to being filled, so this is a potentially significant change:

Engineers

Overall, engineers have had a slight decrease in occupational ceiling. Engineering managers had the largest reduction (29%) but as only 3% of the places were filled in 2015, this should have no effect. Electrical Engineers also have a reduction of 8% whereas Mechanical Engineers have an increase of 6%. It is worth noting that unlike 2014, no engineering occupation reached its occupational ceiling last year:

Conclusion

Accountants and auditors have been singled out for reductions in occupational ceiling for the 2015-16. The effect of this reduction is yet to be seen, but could significantly affect eligibility for many applicants.
The situation for IT professionals is slightly positive, with a few more places being available for 2016.
Most other occupations will be unaffected by the changes.

References

SkillSelect Website

Full table of Occupations:
ANZSCO Group Description Ceiling 2016 Ceiling 2015 Invitations 2015 % Filled
1331 Construction Managers 5,640 5,178 128 2.5%
1332 Engineering Managers 1,014 1,428 43 3.0%
1335 Production Managers 3,582 3,132 4 0.1%
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1,000 1,000 15 1.5%
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1,410 1,356 49 3.6%
2211 Accountants 2,525 5,478 5,478 100.0%
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 1,000 1,188 1,039 87.5%
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1,000 1,000 84 8.4%
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1,000 1,000 31 3.1%
2312 Marine Transport Professionals 1,000 1,000 41 4.1%
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 1,650 1,476 307 20.8%
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1,000 1,000 74 7.4%
2326 Urban and Regional Planners 1,000 1,000 77 7.7%
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1,000 1,000 381 38.1%
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 2,970 2,850 1,112 39.0%
2333 Electrical Engineers 1,230 1,332 433 32.5%
2334 Electronics Engineers 1,000 1,000 577 57.7%
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 1,788 1,680 1,412 84.0%
2336 Mining Engineers 1,000 1,000 152 15.2%
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 1,000 1,000 881 88.1%
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1,000 1,000 149 14.9%
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,362 1,092 97 8.9%
2347 Veterinarians 1,000 1,000 98 9.8%
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1,000 1,000 35 3.5%
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 1,980 1,404 134 9.5%
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8,352 7,002 569 8.1%
2415 Special Education Teachers 1,158 1,044 17 1.6%
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1,092 1,014 100 9.9%
2513 Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals 1,578 1,470 120 8.2%
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1,000 1,000 28 2.8%
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1,000 1,000 37 3.7%
2523 Dental Practitioners 0 1,000 251 25.1%
2524 Occupational Therapists 1,000 1,000 109 10.9%
2525 Physiotherapists 1,104 1,188 172 14.5%
2526 Podiatrists 1,000 1,000 21 2.1%
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1,000 1,000 55 5.5%
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3,558 3,672 459 12.5%
2532 Anaesthetists 1,000 1,000 20 2.0%
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1,000 1,000 55 5.5%
2534 Psychiatrists 1,000 1,000 26 2.6%
2535 Surgeons 1,000 1,000 16 1.6%
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1,000 1,000 624 62.4%
2541 Midwives 1,000 1,000 33 3.3%
2544 Registered Nurses 13,872 15,042 2,811 18.7%
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts 1,536 1,620 1,620 100.0%
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 5,364 5,005 5,005 100.0%
2631 Computer Network Professionals 1,986 1,788 1,580 88.4%
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000 1,000 477 47.7%
2711 Barristers 1,000 1,000 4 0.4%
2713 Solicitors 3,252 3,426 216 6.3%
2723 Psychologists 1,212 1,248 137 11.0%
2725 Social Workers 2,166 1,968 191 9.7%
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 1,000 81 8.1%
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 1,000 41 4.1%
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1,000 1,000 28 2.8%
3211 Automotive Electricians 1,000 1,000 7 0.7%
3212 Motor Mechanics 6,108 6,444 180 2.8%
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1,000 1,000 3 0.3%
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 4,416 4,482 63 1.4%
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 8,070 6,816 62 0.9%
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1,000 1,000 2 0.2%
3241 Panelbeaters 1,134 0 0 0.0%
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1,656 1,506 69 4.6%
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 7,290 7,164 239 3.3%
3322 Painting Trades Workers 2,802 2,448 19 0.8%
3331 Glaziers 1,000 1,000 3 0.3%
3332 Plasterers 1,866 1,980 18 0.9%
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1,284 1,110 3 0.3%
3341 Plumbers 5,130 4,464 104 2.3%
3411 Electricians 8,772 7,854 191 2.4%
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1,038 1,626 25 1.5%
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1,000 1,000 4 0.4%
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 2,076 2,580 37 1.4%
3513 Chefs 2,475 2,547 117 4.6%
3941 Cabinetmakers 1,530 0 0 0.0%
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1,000 1,000 0 0.0%
4112 Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists 1,000 1,000 31 3.1%