The first 3 SkillSelect invitation rounds for the 2017-18 program year have been very different to last year.
We are seeing fewer invitations issued and a higher points score required for a 189 invitation compared to last year, even though occupation ceilings have increased for a number of key occupations.
This article looks at the last 3 invitation rounds in detail and gives an indication of what to expect in future rounds for the most popular occupations. It also looks at recent statistics for state nominations.
Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Invitations
Compared to the 2016-17 program year, much fewer invitations have been issued so far in 2017-18 for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa.
Only 1,000 189 invitations have been issued each round in July and August 2017 for a total of 3000 invitations so far this program year. After the first 3 rounds of 2016-17, 4,450 invitations were issued - almost 50% more than this year.
Table 1: 189 Invitations - 2016-17 versus 2017-18 Program Year
The lower than usual invitation numbers along with a large backlog of EOIs in pro rata occupations largely explain the higher than usual points score to receive a 189 invitation - 70 in each round so far. Last year, the number of 189 invitations issued in the More »