Skill Select EOI Invitation Results for 11th October 2018

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At last! After a long delay because of their new “website” roll-out, The Department of  Home Affairs (DoHA) has released the analysis of the 11th October 2018 “Skill Select” invitation results (Expressions of Interest – EOI) for the visa subclass 189 (Skilled Independent) and subclass 489 (Skilled Family Sponsored).

EasyMigrate’s Principal Migration Consultant Mr Cyrus Misty has reviewed these results – commentary is given below

Broad Overview:

Recent news: Department of Immigration (now DoHA) has announced that from Financial Year 2018-2019 there will be only ONE ROUND OF SKILL SELECT INVITATIONS PER MONTH, next round will be around 11 November 2018.

Recent news: From 1 July 2018 the “pass mark” has been increased from 60 to 65 points. New applicants can lodge their EOI with 65 points or more. Other applicants who submitted their EOI before 30 June 2018 with 60 points will continue to stay in the queue.


It is good to note that the 11th October 2018 invitation round from Department of Immigration’s “SkillSelect” division has ALMOST DOUBLED, compared to the last invitation round (11 Sept 2018) – about 4,350 invitations. We have not seen numbers like these since October 2017 (about 12 months ago).

The number of monthly invitations used to hover around the “two thousand-plus” mark for last few months and were even lower between November 2017 and June 2018 at about 305 “SkillSelect” invitations per fortnight for the EOI applicants! 

The exact number of invitations on 11th October 2018: 4,340 invitations in the Skilled Independent SC189 subclass and 10 in the Family-Sponsored Subclass 489!

For July 2018, 1,010 invitations had been issued. This was better than the 610 invitations being issued from Nov 2017 onwards until June 2018. But still a lot less than the 2,000-odd invitations that were being issued per month before October 2017. But now the number of invitations seem to be regularly above the two-thousand mark in the 11 August 2018 AND the 11 September 2018 SkillSelect results – and jumped up to 4,340 invitations on 11 October 2018 in the Subclass 189 visa category.

The total number of invitations for the last financial year (July 2017 to June 2018) was 16,296.

Based on July 2018,  August 2018  September 2018 and October 2018 figures, the total number of invitations for this financial year (July 2018 to June 2019) could be 11,600 (divide by 5 multiply by 12) = 27,800 per year which would mean substantial increase in Subclass 189 and Subclass 489 (Family) invitations compared to the previous financial year 2017-2018. There may be even more invitations planned for the next seven months (December 2018 – June 2019) – let us wait and see.

I was forecasting a deliberate attempt by DoHA to slow down the “pipeline” in preparation for some dramatic changes to be announced after July/August 2018, but this latest round of invitations may prove I was wrong!

For this latest round of invitations under the subclass 189 (Skilled Independent) visa, 4,340 invitations were issued, at 70 points or above. Only ten invitations were issued to SC489 Family-Sponsored applicants –at 80 points or above… so as you can see, the SC489 FAMILY-SPONSORED applicant needs to have scored 70-75 points “independently” plus the 10 points from their family-sponsor. 

On our EasyMigrate website, we have the statistics, and my ongoing analysis for the  October 2017 invitations; the November 2017 invitation round and the December 2017 round are available. January 2018 roundFebruary 2018 roundMarch 2018 round, April 2018 roundMay 2018 Round, the two x June 2018 rounds, the 11th July 2018, 11th August 2018  and the 11 September 2018 invitation rounds are also available on our website. I estimate that the Nov 2017 to June 2018 rounds were only about 30-40% of the usual monthly track-record before October 2017, but from July 2018 the invitations are on par with the good months up to September 2017 in previous years, and the latest round has EXCEEDED our expectations by almost doubling the invitations in SkillSelect.

Please note that these figures do not include invitations under the state-nominated subclass 190 and state-nominated “Regional” subclass 489.

For this round, most invitations (1,913) were to applicants who have 70 point

Another 1,458 invitations went to persons with 75 points.

807 invitations were given to persons with 80 points.

157 invitations were given to applicants having 85 points.

5 invitations were given to persons with 90 points. 

But the BEST NEWS is that 4,340 applicants were invited in October 2018!

There were NO INVITES to applicants with 60 or 65 points.

Please note that the EOI date resets each time there is an “upgrade” or change registered, e.g. additional points for age, extra points for work-experience, successful NAATI test, etc.

For many months the “Accountants group” of occupations were not invited at all. This is now the seventh round of invitations where DoHA has finally invited Accountants, Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers! For Accountants, the invitation threshold has been steady at 80 points (this round and the last round). The cut-off date is published as 06-07-2018 which means that all “Accountant” applicants with 80 points or more who applied for their Expression of Interest (EOI)  before 06-07-2018 got invited. For the other occupations listed above, the cut-off points-score is also 80, and the cut-off date is 10-06-2018 (in the last round of invitations this was 01-05-2018, so this has moved forward by one and quarter months).

This is a good development because Accountants had been excluded (or dramatically reduced) since Oct-Nov 2017 invitation-rounds!

Electronics Engineers got invited at 70 points with the date of effect 13-12-2017, this is a significant improvement because, in the last invitation round, only 75-point holders were invited.

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers also got invited at 70 points with a date of effect 05-04-2018. The previous period was 18-01-2018, so this is a good development for Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers.

Other Engineering Professionals got invited at 75 points with the date of effect 26-08-2018. So in this invitation round, 70-point holders have not been invited! 

ICT Professionals (Business and Systems Analysts) got invited at 75 points with the visa date of effect 27-07-2018.

ICT Professionals (Software and Application Programmers) – the pass mark DROPPED to 70 points with the visa date of effect 17-01-2018.  

ICT Professionals (Computer Network Professionals) got invited at 70 points with the visa date of effect 24-05-2018.

So for ICT professionals, there is about 1.5 to 10 month’s waiting in the queue. The good news is that the list now includes 70-point scorers in some occupations! For example, Software and Application Programmers, Computer Network Professionals are getting invited even at 70 points. Again, if the number of invitations at each round goes up for the next financial year (July 2018 – June 2019), then more ICT professionals with 70 and 65 points are likely to be invited.

In my last article regarding the 11 Sept 2018 round, I was hoping that the number of “invitations” rises over the next few rounds – AND IT DID! This is certainly a good sign for other engineers and indeed for all occupations who are waiting at 70 points and 65 points.

Invitations issued on 11 October 2018

The table below (published by the Department of Immigration – now renamed Depart of Home Affairs – DoHA) shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 11th October 2018:

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 11 October 2018.

During 2018-19 program year the following numbers of invitations have been issued:

11 October 2018 results

The following graph shows the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 11 October 2018 round.

Results graph

Invitation process and cut offs

The highest ranked clients by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For clients who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass (referred to as the date of effect) determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.

SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and then the remaining to Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489). If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations.

Visa subclass Minimum points score Date of effect
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 70 2/09/2018  5:56pm
Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) 80 20/06/2018  7:47pm

Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the below occupation groups will be subject to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the program year.

Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 11 October 2018 invitation round.

Occupation ID Description Minimum points score Date of effect
2211 Accountants 80 6/07/2018 5:40 pm 
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 80 10/06/2018 8:10 pm
2334 Electronics Engineer 70 13/12/2017 12:39 pm
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 70 5/04/2018 6:34 pm
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 75 26/08/2018 8:07 pm
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 75 27/07/2018 1:58 pm
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 70 17/01/2018 3:08 pm
2631 Computer Network Professionals 70 24/05/2018 12:13 pm

Invitations issued during 2018-19 program year

Visa subclass Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 1000 2490 2490 4340                 10,320
Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) 10 10 10 10                 40
Total 1010 2500 2500 4350                 10,360

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.