Friday the 23rd March 2014
Volume 291

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Today, we bring you the latest Skillselect report that contains increased ceilings for many occupations and an article from the Australian newspaper regarding the wait ahead for the old 885 and 886 visa applicants caught in the backlog.

Occupation Ceiling increased from March 1st, 2014


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The latest Skillselect report shows an increased occupational ceilings across many professions. According to the information available on the department
website they conducted an evaluation of occupational ceilings in late 2013 and based on feedback received as part of the evaluation, the following changes are in place since 1 March 2014:


  • State and territory nominated visas will no longer be subject to occupational ceiling limitations
  • The minimum ceiling for each occupational group will be 1000 invitations.

Due to continued high levels of interest from prospective skilled migrants in the following six occupations, pro rata arrangements for these occupational groups will continue:


  • Chemical and Materials Engineers
  • Electronics Engineers
  • Other Engineering Professionals
  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Telecommunications Engineering Professionals.


The total ceilings for the above professions will remain the same for the rest of the financial year 2013-14.


Invitation rounds will be held on the second and fourth Monday of each month for the rest of the year unlike the first and the third as before.


The table below last reviewd on 20th of March, 2014 shows the occupation ceilings for the 2013-2014 programme year for each occupation on the Occupation Lists identified by the four-digit ANZSCO code unit group, and the number of invitations issued for each occupation in the current programme year to date:



1111Chief Executives and Managing Directors40800
1112General Managers29400
1212Crop Farmers27000
1213Livestock Farmers45600
1214Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers15000
1311Advertising and Sales Managers73200
1321Corporate Services Managers10000
1322Finance Managers28800
1323Human Resource Managers26400
1324Policy and Planning Managers12000
1325Research and Development Managers10000
1331Construction Managers396094
1332Engineering Managers108037
1333Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers11400
1335Production Managers34802
1336Supply and Distribution Managers24000
1341Child Care Centre Managers10008
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers102040
1343School Principals13800
1344Other Education Managers10000
1351ICT Managers27601
1391Commissioned Officers (Management)10000
1399Other Specialist Managers27600
1411Cafe and Restaurant Managers33000
1412Caravan Park and Camping Ground Managers10000
1413Hotel and Motel Managers13800
1414Licensed Club Managers10000
1419Other Accommodation and Hospitality Managers10000
1421Retail Managers130200
1491Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers10000
1492Call or Contact Centre and Customer Service Managers19200
1493Conference and Event Organisers12600
1494Transport Services Managers10000
1499Other Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers36000
2111Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers10000
2112Music Professionals10000
2114Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals10000
2121Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters10000
2122Authors, and Book and Script Editors10000
2123Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors10000
2124Journalists and Other Writers16200
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers1000318
2221Financial Brokers15000
2222Financial Dealers10200
2223Financial Investment Advisers and Managers30600
2231Human Resource Professionals36000
2232ICT Trainers10000
2233Training and Development Professionals16200
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians100054
2242Archivists, Curators and Records Managers10000
2244Intelligence and Policy Analysts15000
2245Land Economists and Valuers100018
2247Management and Organisation Analysts33601
2249Other Information and Organisation Professionals14400
2251Advertising and Marketing Professionals32400
2252ICT Sales Professionals10000
2253Public Relations Professionals10200
2254Technical Sales Representatives20400
2311Air Transport Professionals10000
2312Marine Transport Professionals100024
2321Architects and Landscape Architects1320194
2322Cartographers and Surveyors100051
2323Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers10000
2324Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators34200
2325Interior Designers10000
2326Urban and Regional Planners100049
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1000259
2332Civil Engineering Professionals2280647
2333Electrical Engineers1500229
2334Electronics Engineers1000293
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers2040784
2336Mining Engineers100092
2339Other Engineering Professionals1000186
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists100077
2342Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists10000
2343Environmental Scientists12000
2344Geologists and Geophysicists10000
2345Life Scientists10001
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists126052
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals100013
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers150079
2412Primary School Teachers89400
2414Secondary School Teachers7980426
2415Special Education Teachers114011
2421University Lecturers and Tutors24000
2422Vocational Education Teachers (Aus) / Polytechnic Teachers (NZ)21000
2491Education Advisers and Reviewers10000
2492Private Tutors and Teachers13200
2493Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages10000
2512Medical Imaging Professionals100080
2513Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals150071
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists100022
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals10000
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths100017
2522Complementary Health Therapists10000
2523Dental Practitioners1140222
2524Occupational Therapists100066
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists100041
2531Generalist Medical Practitioners2880589
2533Internal Medicine Specialists100045
2539Other Medical Practitioners1000297
2542Nurse Educators and Researchers10000
2543Nurse Managers10000
2544Registered Nurses135602030
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts13801153
2612Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers10000
2613Software and Applications Programmers48002430
2621Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists19200
2631Computer Network Professionals1800827
2632ICT Support and Test Engineers10001
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1000212
2712Judicial and Other Legal Professionals10000
2722Ministers of Religion10000
2724Social Professionals10000
2725Social Workers1500121
2726Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers10800
3111Agricultural Technicians10000
3112Medical Technicians13200
3113Primary Products Inspectors10000
3114Science Technicians12600
3121Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians29400
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians100026
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians100015
3124Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians10000
3125Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians10000
3126Safety Inspectors10000
3129Other Building and Engineering Technicians15000
3131ICT Support Technicians33600
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists10006
3211Automotive Electricians10005
3212Motor Mechanics5700101
3221Metal Casting, Forging and Finishing Trades Workers10000
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers10004
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers462036
3231Aircraft Maintenance Engineers10000
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists720047
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers10001
3234Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers10000
3242Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers10000
3243Vehicle Painters10000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons18002
3312Carpenters and Joiners804083
3321Floor Finishers10000
3322Painting Trades Workers31205
3333Roof Tilers10000
3334Wall and Floor Tilers10000
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics180018
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers10000
3423Electronics Trades Workers192022
3424Telecommunications Trades Workers13800
3511Bakers and Pastrycooks15000
3512Butchers and Smallgoods Makers13800
3611Animal Attendants and Trainers10000
3613Veterinary Nurses10000
3921Binders, Finishers and Screen Printers10000
3922Graphic Pre-press Trades Workers10000
3931Canvas and Leather Goods Makers10000
3932Clothing Trades Workers10000
3942Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers10000
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights10000
3992Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators10000
3993Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians10000
3995Performing Arts Technicians10000
3999Other Miscellaneous Technicians and Trades Workers10000
4111Ambulance Officers and Paramedics10000
4112Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists100016
4113Diversional Therapists10000
4114Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses12600
4116Massage Therapists10000
4117Welfare Support Workers34800
4412Fire and Emergency Workers10000
4421Prison Officers10000
4512Driving Instructors10000
4513Funeral Workers10000
4517Travel Attendants10000
4518Other Personal Service Workers10000
4523Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials22800
5111Contract, Program and Project Administrators77400
5991Conveyancers and Legal Executives10000
5992Court and Legal Clerks10000
5996Insurance Investigators, Loss Adjusters and Risk Surveyors10000
5999Other Miscellaneous Clerical and Administrative Workers12000
6111Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents10000
6112Insurance Agents10000
6121Real Estate Sales Agents49200
6392Retail and Wool Buyers10000
7122Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers37200

Compared to the skillselect occupation ceiling report released on the 17th of February, 2014 over a 120 occupations have had their ceilings increased to 1000.

You can access the regular skillselect invitation reports released on the department website here.

No respite for skilled PR applications in limbo lodged by cooks and hairdressers                                                             business_conference6.jpg               
THERE is no deadline for a decision in the skilled migration cases of thousands of "warehoused" former overseas students, the immigration department says, according to The Australian. You can read the full story here.
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Karl Konrad
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It's been a frustrating few years with the DIBP taking their time to process the backlog of the old GSM files. Despite the media remarks, they are certainly not all cooks and hairdressers.


Still many did get lucky this year and received their residency so I can only say for those stuck in limbo, don't give up, next financial year is likely to be your turn.



Karl Konrad 



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