3-Monthly 08 December 2022 Skill Select Round and State Nomination Results

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Skill Select Invitation Round Results
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SkillSelect EOI Invitation Round Results plus State-Nominated Invitation results are for:

  1. Skill Select EOI Invitation Round is for people who lodged an Expression of Interest (EOI)
  2. The two Genral Skilled Migration (GSM) visa subclasses are 189 (Skilled Independent) (Australian Permanent visa) and subclass 491 (Skilled Family Sponsored) (Australian Provisional visa).
  3. The two State-nominated visa subclasses are 190 (Skilled State-nominated) (Australian Permanent visa) and subclass 491 (Skilled State Nominated Regional) (Australian Provisional visa).
  4. State invitations for Business Owners and Investors: subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment.
  5. State invitations for Business Owners and Investors: subclass 132 Business Talent (permanent visas).

EasyMigrate is a leading Australian migration agency, based in Perth, Australia. Mr Cyrus Mistry (Founding Partner of EasyMigrate) has reviewed SkillSelect EOI Invitation Round Results – see his comments below.

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Quarterly Skill Select Tables : Invitations issued on 08 December 2022


Visa subclassNumber of invitations issued
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)35,000
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)  Family-Sponsored120

For Non-Pro rata occupations the Department of Immigration has announced points cut-off as per the table below:

Visa subclassMinimum points scoreAll EOIs submitted before
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)65Nov/2022
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored)65Dec/2022

For Pro-rata occupations the Department of Immigration usually announces points cut-off as per the table below but for this invitation-round (08 December 2022) NO PRO-RATA OCCUPATIONS DATA was provided.

Occupations included in 08 December 2022 Invitation Round

The table below shows the occupations that were INVITED in the SkillSelect invitation round on 08 December 2022.

Accountant (General)8585N/A*N/A*
Aeronautical Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Agricultural Consultant8585N/A*N/A*
Agricultural Engineer9090N/A*N/A*
Agricultural Scientist9085N/A*N/A*
Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber65N/A*N/A*N/A*
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic7065N/A*N/A*
Analyst Programmer8585N/A*N/A*
Artistic DirectorN/A*75N/A*N/A*
Arts Administrator or Manager6570N/A*N/A*
Automotive ElectricianN/A*65N/A*N/A*
Biomedical Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Boat Builder and RepairerN/A*70N/A*N/A*
Cardiothoracic SurgeonN/A*80N/A*N/A*
Carpenter and Joiner6565N/A*N/A*
Chemical Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Child Care Centre Manager6565N/A*75
Civil Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Civil Engineering Draftsperson6565N/A*N/A*
Civil Engineering Technician6565N/A*N/A*
Clinical Psychologist7065N/A*N/A*
Computer Network and Systems Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Construction Project Manager6565N/A*N/A*
Dancer or Choreographer6580N/A*N/A*
Developer Programmer8585N/A*N/A*
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist8065N/A*N/A*
Diesel Motor Mechanic6565N/A*N/A*
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher65656585
Educational PsychologistN/A*85N/A*N/A*
Electrical Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson6565N/A*N/A*
Electrical Engineering Technician6565N/A*N/A*
Electrician (General)6565N/A*N/A*
Electrician (Special Class)N/A*70N/A*N/A*
Electronic Equipment Trades Worker6565N/A*N/A*
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)6565N/A*N/A*
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)6590N/A*N/A*
Electronics Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Emergency Medicine Specialist7065N/A*N/A*
Engineering Manager6565N/A*N/A*
Engineering Professionals nec9085N/A*N/A*
Engineering Technologist8585N/A*N/A*
Environmental Consultant9085N/A*N/A*
Environmental Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Environmental Manager6565N/A*N/A*
Environmental Research Scientist8585N/A*N/A*
Environmental Scientists necN/A*85N/A*N/A*
External Auditor6565N/A*N/A*
Fitter (General)6565N/A*N/A*
Fitter and Turner70N/A*N/A*
Food Technologist8585N/A*N/A*
General Practitioner6565N/A*N/A*
Geotechnical Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
ICT Business Analyst8585N/A*N/A*
ICT Security Specialist8585N/A*N/A*
Industrial Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Intensive Care Specialist6565N/A*N/A*
Internal Auditor6565N/A*N/A*
Land Economist7570N/A*N/A*
Landscape Architect8585N/A*N/A*
Life Scientist (General)9085N/A*N/A*
Life Scientists nec9085N/A*N/A*
Lift Mechanic6565N/A*N/A*
Management Accountant8585N/A*N/A*
Management Consultant6565N/A*N/A*
Marine BiologistN/A*85N/A*N/A*
Materials Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Mechanical Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer6565N/A*N/A*
Medical Laboratory Scientist8585N/A*N/A*
Medical Practitioners nec6565110N/A*
Medical Radiation Therapist7070N/A*N/A*
Metal Fabricator6565N/A*N/A*
Metal Machinist (First Class)6565N/A*N/A*
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)8585N/A*N/A*
Motor Mechanic (General)6565N/A*N/A*
Multimedia Specialist8585N/A*N/A*
Music Director70N/A*N/A*N/A*
Musician (Instrumental)6565N/A*N/A*
Naval Architect8585N/A*N/A*
Nuclear Medicine Technologist6565N/A*N/A*
Nurse Practitioner70N/A*85N/A*
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist7065N/A*N/A*
Occupational Therapist6565N/A*N/A*
Organisational Psychologist80N/A*N/A*N/A*
Orthotist or ProsthetistN/A*75N/A*N/A*
Other Spatial Scientist9090N/A*N/A*
Painting Trades Worker6565N/A*N/A*
Petroleum Engineer9085N/A*N/A*
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon70N/A*N/A*N/A*
Plumber (General)6565N/A*N/A*
Primary Health Organisation Manager6565N/A*N/A*
Production or Plant Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Psychologists nec6565N/A*90
Quantity Surveyor8585N/A*N/A*
Radiation Oncologist8580N/A*N/A*
Radiocommunications TechnicianN/A*65N/A*N/A*
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)6565N/A*65
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)6565N/A*N/A*
Registered Nurse (Community Health)656570N/A*
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)656580N/A*
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)6570N/A*N/A*
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)6565N/A*N/A*
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)6565N/A*N/A*
Registered Nurse (Medical)65656585
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)656565N/A*
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)6570N/A*N/A*
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)65657590
Registered Nurse (Surgical)65658565
Registered Nurses nec65659065
Roof PlumberN/A*80N/A*N/A*
Secondary School Teacher65657080
Sheetmetal Trades WorkerN/A*70N/A*N/A*
Social Worker6565N/A*80
Software and Applications Programmers nec8585N/A*N/A*
Software Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Solid PlastererN/A*70N/A*N/A*
Special Needs Teacher6565N/A*N/A*
Specialist Physician (General Medicine)6570N/A*N/A*
Specialist Physicians nec7065N/A*N/A*
Speech Pathologist656580N/A*
Structural Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Surgeon (General)6565N/A*N/A*
Systems Analyst8585N/A*N/A*
Taxation Accountant8585N/A*N/A*
Technical Cable JointerN/A*70N/A*N/A*
Telecommunications Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Telecommunications Field Engineer6565N/A*N/A*
Telecommunications Network Engineer8585N/A*N/A*
Telecommunications Network Planner6565N/A*N/A*
Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist6565N/A*N/A*
Tennis Coach6565N/A*N/A*
Transport Engineer9085N/A*N/A*
University Lecturer65656595
Vascular SurgeonN/A*80N/A*N/A*
Wall and Floor Tiler6565N/A*N/A*
Welder (First Class)6565N/A*N/A*
Welfare Centre Manager80N/A*N/A*N/A*

* Results could indicate that no candidates were available to be invited, or did not meet parameters to receive an invite.

** Onshore/Offshore location as indicated in SkillSelect system at the time invites were issued.

Invitations issued during recent months:

MonthNumber of Invitations –
Subclass 189 Independent
Number of Invitations –
Subclass 491 Family-sponsored
March 20191490Old SC489 – 10
April 2019100Old SC489 – 10
May 2019100Old SC489 – 10
June 2019100Old SC489 – 10
July 20191000Old SC489 – 100
Aug 2019100Old SC489 – 100
Sept 2019100Old SC489 – 100
Oct 201915000
Nov 20192500
Dec 2019250New SC491 - 200
Jan 20201000300
Feb 20201000500
March 20201750300
April 20205050
May 2020550100
June 202017030
July 2020500100
August 202011090
Oct 20203080
January 2021 (quarterly)200163
April 2021 (quarterly)500160
July 2021 (quarterly)500250
October 2021 (quarterly)200200
January 2022 (quarterly)200200
April 2022 (quarterly)1000500
August 2022 (quarterly)12,200466
October 2022 (quarterly)11,982847
December 2022 (quarterly)35,000120
TOTAL (2022-2023 Program Year – to date)58,9141,404

Invitations issued for State Nominated SC190 and Regional State-nominated SC491 (06 October 2022 and 08 December 2022 results) have not been published.

EasyMigrate is happy to write that this is the THIRD Invitation-round that has everyone excited- these last three quarterly invitation-rounds show a tremendous increase in the number of invitations being issued!

From December 2020 the Department of Immigration (DoHA) is issuing “invitations” on a quarterly basis.

There were 11,982 invitations published for the last October 2022 invitation round for SC189 applicants, with a cut-off date of October 2022 and a minimum points-score of 65 points. The previous invitation round (August 2022) had 12,200 invitations for Skilled Independent (SC189) at 65 points. But this time (December 2022) the SC189 invitations have almost tripled to 35,000 invitations!

In August 2022, the previous cut-off for Skilled Regional Family Sponsored (SC491) was 65 points.  Last time (October 2022 round) –SC491 Family Sponsored: 847 applicants were invited, starting at 65 points with cut-off date October-2022.But this time there is a marked REDUCTION in Family Sponsored SC491 invitations : down from 847 to 120 invitations!

The “boom” months were between September 2018 and November 2018 at 4,350 invitations per month i.e. 13,050 invitations per quarter.

In the October 2018 invitation round, 70-point holders were also invited for SC189, but not for a long time after that – until the August 2022 round, the previous October 2022 round and then the current invitation round where the minimum score fell to 65 points in both SC189 Independent and in SC491 Family Sponsored invitations.

Historical Analysis

The number of monthly invitations used to hover around the “two thousand-plus” around 2017 good months.  They went lower between November 2017 to June 2018 at about 305 “SkillSelect” invitations per fortnight for the EOI applicants!  

From July 2018 the invitations were on par with the good months in previous year (2017).

The two rounds of October 2018 and November 2018 EXCEEDED our expectations at 4,340 invitations.  

But the December 2018 round and January 2019  halved to 2,500 invitations. February 2019,  March 2019  were FURTHER REDUCED to 1,500 invitations, and April 2019 plus May 2019 plus June 2019 invitations were a disappointing 100 invitations only. 

July 2019 invitations had bounced back to 1,000 invitations. But August 2019 and September 2019 had fallen back to just 100 invitations! October 2019 invitations looked much better at 1,500 invitations. But November 2019 round was very poor at 250 invitations. The December 2019 was not much better – 250 invitations for SC189 and 200 invitations for SC491-Family-Sponsored.

The January 2020 and February 2020 invitations were better with 1,000 SC190 invitations and 300 to 500 SC491-Family-Sponsored invitations. The March 2020 round was good at 1,750 invitations for SC189 and 300 invitations for SC491. April 2020,  May 2020 and June 2020 rounds were also very low.

The total number of invitations for the financial year (July 2019 to June 2020) was 7,780 for SC189 Independent and 1,480 for SC491 Family-Sponsored.

The total number of invitations for the financial year (July 2020 to June 2021) was 1,850 for SC189 Independent and 473 for SC491 Family-Sponsored.

Previous Program year (July-2020 to June-2021): July 2020 had 600 invitations.  August 2020 had 200 invitations. Sept 2020 was better than the previous –  at 350 invitations for SC189 and 150 invitations for SC491 Family Sponsored (total 500 invitations). Then the Dept of Home Affairs changed their invitation rounds to “quarterly” instead of monthly. The quarterly invitation (January 2021) included 200 invitations for SC189 and 163 invitations for SC491 Family Sponsored visas giving a total of 363 invitations. The quarterly round (April 2021) had 500 invitations for SC189 and 160 invitations for SC491 Family Sponsored (total 660 invitations).

Last Financial year 2021-22: Previous quarterly round (July 2021) had 500 invitations for SC189 and 250 invitations for SC491 Family Sponsored (total 750 invitations). The October 2021 round had only 200 invitations each for both SC189 and SC491 visas. Then the quarterly round (January 2022) had 200 invitations for SC189 and 200 invitations for SC491 Family Sponsored (total 400 invitations). The April 2022 round had 1000 invitations for SC189 and 500 invitations for SC491 Family Sponsored (total 1500 invitations).

The total number of invitations for the financial year (July 2021 to June 2022) was 1,900 for SC189 Independent and 1,150 for SC491 Family-Sponsored.

The August 2022 round had 12,200 invitations for SC189 and 466 invitations for SC491 Family Sponsored (total 12,666 invitations).

Previous Quarterly round (October 2022) saw the Dept of Immigration invitations return to the good old days! Number of invitations for SC189 were similar to the BOOM months of October and November 2018 and also the most recent BOOM quarter of August 2022 invitations! Then the October 2022 invitation round had a similar and staggering 11,982 invitations for SC189 and 847 invitations for SC491 Family Sponsored.

Now in the CURRENT ROUND (December 2022), the SC189 invitations have almost TRIPLED from the previous round levels – i.e. from 11,982 to 35,000 invitations. But the SC491 Family Sponsored invitations reduced from 847 to 120 invitations.

Cyrus Mistry Comments

Invitation rounds for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored visas are now run each quarter (three monthly). Next round is expected in March 2023. Dates for the rounds are subject to change.

Invitation numbers in each round may vary depending on the number of applications being processed by the Department.

Note: State or territory government nominations for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) will not be impacted by the departmental invitation rounds.

The Government is closely monitoring migration and visa settings to ensure they are consistent with public health measures, are flexible and do not displace job opportunities for Australians. This program is implemented so that Australia can effectively respond to the immediate and subsequent impacts of COVID-19. As such, targeted invitation rounds have occurred since May 2020 – targeted towards specific occupations that are in demand. This has been further liberalised in the CURRENT round (December 2022) resulting in TRIPLE the number of SC189 invitations. You will note from the above table that the “occupations” selected has also been substantially expanded.

Recent developments around the word regarding the Coronavirus has had an effect on Dept of Immigration decision-makers. The “migration program” especially in the GSM and State-Nominated subclasses are “long term” processes taking 12-24 months to be finalised.  We saw POSITIVE media-statements from the new Labour Ministers regarding ramping-up Australia’s migration programme as there are severe skill-shortages emerging. The West Australian Premier Mr Mark McGowan visited Italy / UK / Ireland in June 2022. The Deputy premier visited India and other Asian countries also in June 2022 to try and “recruit” skilled workers. The number of invitations issued in older 2021 and early 2022 rounds remained low compared to boom-years – but these last three INVITATION ROUNDS have brought the invitation-numbers back to where they used to be in the boom months of October 2018 and November 2018. This is a very pleasing development.

We are also pleased to report that there is a marked improvement in visa-grant numbers, as a result of Ministerial Directives to the Department of Immigration (DoHA – The Department of Home Affairs).

Because of the COVID19 pandemic, the recent rounds of invitations had been drastically cut. But with the opening of international borders as from November 2021 onwards, we have seen that migration-levels have returned to “normal” levels in a few month’s time.

The effect of “re-invitation” continues to plague the SkillSelect invitations program. In my previous articles, I had mentioned about the impact of “re-invitation”. Many applicants have changed to other countries or changed their plans but have not removed their Expressions of Interest (EOI). So they get invited, but they do not apply within the next 60 days. These applicants usually get “re-invited” as per Dept of Immigration rules one more time! I estimate this figure to be as high as 30-40% in many occupations. This severely affects the program. For example, out of the 1,000-odd invitations in a recent invitation-round only about 600-800 may have taken it up, 200-400 “invites” were wasted! This is something that the Department of Home Affairs has not been able to tackle yet.

Please keep in mind that for the SC491 FAMILY-SPONSORED visa, the applicant needs to have scored 50 points “independently” plus the 15 points from their family-sponsor (if invitations are starting at 65 points). From 16 November 2019 onwards the new Subclass 491 Regional Family-Sponsored visa has come into effect, replacing the SC489 family-Sponsored.

Our EasyMigrate website has statistics for previous SkillSelect Invitation Round Results. My ongoing analysis commencing October 2017 invitation round and right up to the most recent invitation rounds are all available on our website.

Invitation Rounds Results

following information is compiled from available statistics on Department of Home Affairs website https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/invitation-rounds
Current round
08 December 2022