DIBP has finally released the occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 Program Year.
Good news for Accountants, Software Engineers and Mechanical Engineers as these occupations have been provided with significantly higher ceilings!
Following is what it looks like in terms of ceiling increase for these occupations. Hence there is a good likelihood of the possibility of being invited to apply for a visa even if the applicant has a lower points score in comparison to the asking points score in the previous program year 2016-17 :
Here is the complete list of occupations with the benefit of a higher ceiling for the current Program year:
|Occupation||Ceiling 2016-17||Ceiling 2017-18||# of places increased by||%|
|1331 Construction Managers||5289||5400||111||2.10%|
|1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers||1177||1374||197||16.70%|
|2321 Architects and Landscape Architects||1391||1474||83||6.00%|
|2332 Civil Engineering Professionals||2174||3296||1122||51.60%|
|2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*||1539||2178||639||41.50%|
|2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers||1822||2639||817||44.80%|
|2512 Medical Imaging Professionals||1000||1113||113||11.30%|
|2524 Occupational Therapists||1000||1109||109||10.90%|
|2544 Registered Nurses||16346||16741||395||2.40%|
|2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts*||1482||1574||92||6.20%|
|2613 Software and Applications Programmers*||5662||6202||540||9.50%|
|3212 Motor Mechanics||5597||5980||383||6.80%|
The following occupations had a reduced occupation ceiling – as a result the required points will be higher OR waiting times, to be invited to apply for visa may increase:
Ceilings for the following occupations are unchanged at 1000 places:
The following occupations have experienced significant decreases in their occupation ceilings.
In Conclusion, if you are serious about migrating to Australia through the skilled migration route, then now is the best time to start your application! It’s the beginning of a new year, new quota and this is where you want to be!!
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