How can you be ensured that you’ll land the job of your dreams in Australia? Thankfully, due to the recent release of list of occupation ceilings by the Department of Immigration (DOI) in Australia, you’ll know exactly that.

The DOI has just recently published this list which will be applicable for the year 2019-2020, and doing this clearly indicates that there would be limit on the number of ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOIs) or invites that will be issued from an occupation group for skilled migration. (Australia PR Avenue, 2019) [1]

This limit on invites is called an occupation ceiling and this ensures that the skilled migration program in Australia is not dominated by a select few occupation type only, as it had in the past, where there had been a surge of workers coming in for certain occupations such as meat workers, cab drivers and cooks. (SBS.au, 2017)[2]

While roughly three-quarters of the growth in full-time jobs since the global financial crisis in 2008 had gone to migrants, abuses by employers had resulted in cases emerging in which workers were mistreated and were employed in different jobs than those stated. (InsideStory.au, 2018)[3]

Hence, to limit the occurrences of such incidences, migrants are required to ensure that their intended occupation is listed on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The list contains more than 200 occupations and is updated regularly by the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).

Once any occupation has reached its celling cap, no further invitations will be issued for that specific occupation till the next year. This way, occupation ceilings would be helpful for applicants to better figure the jobs that are in-demand by the labour market in Australia.

A quick glance through the released list shows that the top 3 occupations that are in demand for 2019-2020 are 17,000 for registered nurses, 8,000+ each for electricians, carpenters, secondary school teachers and software engineers and 5000+ each for livestock farmers, construction managers, mechanics and management consultants.

Occupation ceilings for the 2019-20 program year (SBS.au, 2019):[4]

 

Occupation ID Description Occupation Ceiling Value 2019-20
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 Sheetmetal 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 Panelbeaters 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 Airconditioning 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

 

For any other occupation that is not in the list, the DOHA has yet to release the numbers. Also, it is important to take not that the occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored and Business Innovation and Investment Visa subclasses, which are dealt with on case-by-case basis.

Besides this, it is prudent to take note to not equate job ceilings with job invites. Past year trends and current view among politicians in Australia to regulate intake of migrants may result in fewer invitations being handed for these occupations. (Bloomberg, 2019) [5]However, once the limit (ceiling) for a certain occupation is reached, then no more invitations will be handed out.

While a lot of migrants may lament that it is now harder for migrants to work in Australia, the government disagrees and states it only wishes to regulate the numbers of migrants, particularly in larger cities such as Sydney and Melbourne, where over crowdedness is prominent. In fact, the government has put forth a proposal to send migrants to regional and rural Australia where the demand for these occupations are greater.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is general and is not specific advice. For a case-specific advice that is relevant to your situation, you should consult a registered migration agent that will help you with your application.

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[1] https://www.australiapravenue.com/immigration-news/australia-occupation-ceilings-for-skilled-migration-programs.html
[2] https://www.sbs.com.au/news/too-many-cooks-peter-dutton-s-options-for-cutting-457-visas
[3] https://insidestory.org.au/yes-there-is-such-a-thing-as-too-much-immigration/
[4] https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/want-to-migrate-to-australia-occupation-ceilings-for-the-2019-20-announced
[5] https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-19/australia-to-cut-number-of-migrants-under-new-population-plan