3-Monthly 22 August 2022 Skill Select Round and State Nomination Results
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SkillSelect EOI Invitation Round Results plus State-Nominated Invitation results are for:
- Skill Select EOI Invitation Round is for people who lodged an Expression of Interest (EOI)
- The two Genral Skilled Migration (GSM) visa subclasses are 189 (Skilled Independent) (Australian Permanent visa) and subclass 491 (Skilled Family Sponsored) (Australian Provisional visa).
- The two State-nominated visa subclasses are 190 (Skilled State-nominated) (Australian Permanent visa) and subclass 491 (Skilled State Nominated Regional) (Australian Provisional visa).
- State invitations for Business Owners and Investors: subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment.
- 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 22 August 2022
|Visa subclass||Number of invitations issued|
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||12,200|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family-Sponsored||466|
For Non-Pro rata occupations the Department of Immigration has announced points cut-off as per the table below:
|Visa subclass||Minimum points score||All EOIs submitted before|
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||65||Aug/2022|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored)||65||Aug/2022|
For Pro-rata occupations the Department of Immigration usually announces points cut-off as per the table below but for this invitation-round (22 August 2022) NO PRO-RATA OCCUPATIONS DATA was provided.
Occupations included in 22 August 2022 Invitation Round
The table below shows the LOWEST POINT-SCORES for invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 22 August 2022.
|Lowest Points Score Invited|
subclass 189 (Points-tested stream)
|Lowest Points Score Invited
subclass 491 (Family Sponsored Regional)
|Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber||65||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic||70||Not invited||Not invited||75|
|Arts Administrator or Manager||65||Not invited||Not invited||75|
|Automotive Electrician||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited||75|
|Boat Builder and Repairer||75||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Bricklayer||65||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Cabinetmaker||65||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Cardiologist||65||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Carpenter||65||Not invited||Not invited||85|
|Carpenter and Joiner||65||Not invited||Not invited||75|
|Chef||65||Not invited||Not invited||65|
|Child Care Centre Manager||65||Not invited||Not invited||75|
|Chiropractor||65||70||Not invited||Not invited|
|Civil Engineering Draftsperson||65||Not invited||Not invited||65|
|Civil Engineering Technician||65||Not invited||Not invited||65|
|Clinical Psychologist||65||70||Not invited||Not invited|
|Construction Project Manager||65||Not invited||Not invited||70|
|Dermatologist||70||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist||65||65||Not invited||Not invited|
|Diesel Motor Mechanic||65||Not invited||Not invited||65|
|Drainer||70||Not invited||Not invited||65|
|Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher||65||65||75||70|
|Educational Psychologist||70||80||Not invited||Not invited|
|Electrical Engineering Draftsperson||65||Not invited||Not invited||65|
|Electrical Engineering Technician||65||Not invited||Not invited||65|
|Electrician (General)||65||Not invited||Not invited||65|
|Electronic Equipment Trades Worker||65||Not invited||Not invited||65|
|Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)||65||Not invited||Not invited||65|
|Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)||65||Not invited||Not invited||70|
|Emergency Medicine Specialist||70||65||Not invited||Not invited|
|Engineering Manager||65||Not invited||Not invited||80|
|Environmental Manager||65||Not invited||Not invited||85|
|Fitter (General)||65||Not invited||Not invited||65|
|Fitter-Welder||80||Not invited||Not invited||75|
|Gasfitter||80||Not invited||Not invited||70|
|General Practitioner||65||65||Not invited||Not invited|
|Intensive Care Specialist||65||65||Not invited||Not invited|
|Lift Mechanic||65||Not invited||Not invited||85|
|Medical Diagnostic Radiographer||65||65||Not invited||Not invited|
|Medical Oncologist||80||70||Not invited||Not invited|
|Medical Practitioners nec||65||65||Not invited||110|
|Medical Radiation Therapist||70||70||Not invited||Not invited|
|Metal Fabricator||70||Not invited||Not invited||70|
|Metal Machinist (First Class)||65||Not invited||Not invited||70|
|Motor Mechanic (General)||65||Not invited||Not invited||65|
|Neurosurgeon||65||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Nuclear Medicine Technologist||65||65||Not invited||Not invited|
|Nurse Practitioner||70||Not invited||Not invited||85|
|Obstetrician and Gynaecologist||75||75||Not invited||Not invited|
|Optometrist||65||70||Not invited||Not invited|
|Organisational Psychologist||80||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Orthotist or Prosthetist||80||70||Not invited||Not invited|
|Osteopath||65||75||Not invited||Not invited|
|Paediatrician||65||70||Not invited||Not invited|
|Painting Trades Worker||65||Not invited||Not invited||70|
|Panelbeater||70||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Pathologist||Not invited||65||Not invited||95|
|Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon||70||65||Not invited||Not invited|
|Plumber (General)||65||Not invited||Not invited||80|
|Primary Health Organisation Manager||65||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Psychiatrist||75||65||Not invited||Not invited|
|Psychologists nec||65||65||90||Not invited|
|Radiocommunications Technician||65||Not invited||Not invited||75|
|Registered Nurse (Aged Care)||65||65||65||65|
|Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)||65||65||Not invited||Not invited|
|Registered Nurse (Community Health)||65||65||75||65|
|Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)||65||65||70||65|
|Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)||65||70||Not invited||Not invited|
|Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)||65||65||70||90|
|Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)||65||65||75||75|
|Registered Nurse (Medical)||65||65||70||70|
|Registered Nurse (Mental Health)||65||65||Not invited||85|
|Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)||65||65||Not invited||Not invited|
|Registered Nurse (Perioperative)||65||65||80||70|
|Registered Nurse (Surgical)||65||65||Not invited||65|
|Registered Nurses nec||65||65||65||70|
|Secondary School Teacher||65||65||65||70|
|Small Engine Mechanic||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited||75|
|Solid Plasterer||65||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Sonographer||65||80||Not invited||Not invited|
|Special Education Teachers nec||65||Not invited||Not invited||85|
|Special Needs Teacher||65||70||Not invited||75|
|Specialist Physician (General Medicine)||65||70||Not invited||Not invited|
|Specialist Physicians nec||70||90||Not invited||Not invited|
|Speech Pathologist||70||65||Not invited||75|
|Stonemason||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited||65|
|Telecommunications Field Engineer||65||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Telecommunications Network Planner||65||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist||70||Not invited||Not invited||70|
|Tennis Coach||65||Not invited||Not invited||85|
|Urologist||65||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Veterinarian||65||65||Not invited||Not invited|
|Wall and Floor Tiler||65||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Welder (First Class)||65||Not invited||Not invited||65|
|Welfare Centre Manager||70||Not invited||Not invited||Not invited|
|Zoologist||70||65||Not invited||Not invited|
|Cardiothoracic Surgeon||Not inivted||80||Not invited||Not invited|
|Endocrinologist||Not invited||65||Not invited||Not invited|
|Gastroenterologist||Not invited||65||Not invited||Not invited|
|Neurologist||Not invited||75||Not invited||Not invited|
|Ophthalmologist||Not invited||85||Not invited||Not invited|
|Orthopaedic Surgeon||Not invited||95||Not invited||Not invited|
|Otorhinolaryngologist||Not invited||80||Not invited||Not invited|
|Paediatric Surgeon||Not invited||75||Not invited||Not invited|
|Radiation Oncologist||Not invited||80||Not invited||Not invited|
|Renal Medicine Specialist||Not invited||85||Not invited||Not invited|
|Rheumatologist||Not invited||70||Not invited||Not invited|
|Surgeon (General)||Not invited||65||Not invited||Not invited|
Invitations issued during recent months:
|Month||Number of Invitations –|
Subclass 189 Independent
|Number of Invitations –
Subclass 491 Family-sponsored
|March 2019||1490||Old SC489 – 10|
|April 2019||100||Old SC489 – 10|
|May 2019||100||Old SC489 – 10|
|June 2019||100||Old SC489 – 10|
|July 2019||1000||Old SC489 – 100|
|Aug 2019||100||Old SC489 – 100|
|Sept 2019||100||Old SC489 – 100|
|Dec 2019||250||New SC491 - 200|
|January 2021 (quarterly)||200||163|
|April 2021 (quarterly)||500||160|
|July 2021 (quarterly)||500||250|
|October 2021 (quarterly)||200||200|
|January 2022 (quarterly)||200||200|
|April 2022 (quarterly)||1000||500|
|August 2022 (quarterly)||12,200||466|
|TOTAL (2022-2023 Program Year – up to date)||12,200||466|
Invitations issued for State Nominated SC190 and Regional State-nominated SC491 (22 August 2022 results) have not been published.
From December 2020 the Department of Immigration (DoHA) is issuing “invitations” on a quarterly basis.
There were 12,200 invitations published for this August 2022 invitation round for SC189 applicants, with a cut-off date of August 2022 and a minimum points-score of 65 points. The previous invitation round (April 2022) had 1000 invitations for Skilled Independent (SC189) at 85 points.
In January 2022, the previous cut-off for Skilled Regional Family Sponsored (SC491) was 80 points. This time (August 2022 round) – 466 SC491 Family Sponsored applicants were invited, starting at 65 points with cut-off date August-2022.
The “boom” months were between September 2018 and November 2018 at 4,350 invitations per month.
In the October 2018 invitation round, 70-point holders were also invited for SC189, but not for a long time after that – until this current invitation round where the minimum score fell to 65 points in both SC189 Independent and in SC491 Family Sponsored invitations. The October 2020 Budget had placed substantial restrictions / quotas on various visa classes. This had reduced the available quota for invitations.
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 1,690 for SC189 Independent and 743 for SC491 Family-Sponsored, as follows:
Last 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).
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 400 invitations)
Current Quarterly round (August 2022) has seen the Dept of Immigration invitations return to the good old days! Number of invitations for SC189 are similar to the BOOM months of October and November 2018! This invitation round was a staggering 12,200 invitations for SC189 and 466 invitations for SC491 Family Sponsored.
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 October 2022. 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.
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 are seeing POSITIVE media-statements from the 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. But the number of invitations issued in previous rounds is low compared to boom-years – but this INVITATION ROUND has 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.
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
22 August 2022
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