Latest Update on SkillSelect and Invitations issued

During 2015-16, the following number of invitations were issued as of 23 October 2015:

Invitations issued during 2015-16:

Visa subclass July August September October Total
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 2300 2300 2300 2000 8900
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 80 80 80 40 280
Total 2380 2380 2380 2040 9180

The above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses. State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas. Separate results for these visa subclasses are provided monthly.

Table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round issued on 23 October 2015.

Invitations issued on 23 October 2015

Visa Subclass Number
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 1000
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 20

Due to the continuing high numbers of EOIs received for occupations listed below, invitations will be issued on a pro-rata basis in each monthly invitation round over the 2015-16 programme year, which is subject to change throughout the year.

If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations:

  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • Accountants
  • Software and Applications Programmers.

SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) visas and then remaining to Skilled – Regional (subclass 489) (Provisional – Family Sponsored) visas.

SkillSelect is the Australian Government’s new online system which allows skilled workers who are interested to move to Australia and be considered for a skilled Australian visa and in order to begin the application process, skilled workers are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect.

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