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:
Places filling quickly - in this case, accountants should ensure they apply early in the program year; or
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
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.
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:
Overall, engineers have had a slight More »