Friday the 4th July 2014
Volume 319

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Today we bring to you the latest report on Occupation Ceilings announced for the financial year 2014-15.


Occupation Ceiling Update 

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has updated the latest occupation ceilings for the financial year 2014-15 on their website.
The key components of this update include the following:
Pro-rated arrangements will apply for the following occupation groups due to high levels of interest from prospective skilled migrants:
  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Accountants
Accountants were previously not a part of the pro-rated arrangements and the above arrangements are subject to change throughout the program year.

Occupational ceilings do not apply to, State or Territory Nominated subclasses such as 190.


The table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2014-2015 programme year for each occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group, and the number of invitations issued for each occupation in the current programme year to date:


Occupation IDDescriptionCeiling valueResults to date
1331Construction Managers51780
1332Engineering Managers14280
1335Production Managers31320
1341Child Care Centre Managers10000
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers13560
2211Accountants 54780
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers11880
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians10000
2245Land Economists and Valuers10000
2312Marine Surveyor10000
2321Architects and Landscape Architects14760
2322Cartographers and Surveyors10000
2326Urban and Regional Planners10000
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers10000
2332Civil Engineering Professionals28500
Electrical Engineers13320
2334Electronics Engineers10000
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers16800
2336Mining Engineers10000
2339Other Engineering Professionals10000
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists10000
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists10920
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals10000
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers14040
2414Secondary School Teachers70020
2415Special Education Teachers10440
2512Medical Imaging Professionals10140
2513Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals14700
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists10000
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths10000
2523Dental Practitioners10000
2524Occupational Therapists10000
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists10000
2531Generalist Practitioners36720
2533Internal Medicine Specialists10000
2539Other Medical Practitioners10000
2544Registered Nurses15 0420
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts 16200
2613Software and Applications Programmers 50040
2631Computer Network Professionals17880
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals10000
2725Social Workers19680
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians10000
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians10000
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists10000
3211Automotive Electricians10000
3212Motor Mechanics64440
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers10000
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers44820
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists68160
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers10000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons15060
3312Carpenters and Joiners71640
3322Painting Trades Workers24480
3334Wall and Floor tilers11100
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics16260
3422Electrical Trades Distribution Workers10000
3423Electronics Trades Workers25800
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights10000
4112Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists10000

Below is a comparison of some of the popular occupations between the current and the previous financial year:


Accountants has been reduced to 5478 from 9720, 

Auditors increased to 1188 from 1000,

Architects increased to 1476 from 1320,

Chemical and Material engineers remain at the same number 1000,

Civil Engineering Professionals increased to 2850 from 2280,

Electrical Engineers reduced to 1332 from 1500,

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers reduced to 1680 from 2040,

IT professionals numbers did not change greatly. 

Mining Engineers as well as Other Engineering Professionals remain at the same ceiling 1000,

Early Childhood Teachers have been reduced to 1404 from 1500,

Secondary School Teachers reduced to 7002 from 7980,

Special Education Teachers reduced to 1044 from 1140, 

Registered Nurses increased to 15042 from 13560.


What Pro- rated occupations mean for international students?


With Accountants down to just over half, it may take a little longer, but we expect most at 60 points will still be invited. Remember the DIBP did not receive its full quota last f/year of accountants and the number who did apply is not greatly over the current quota.  


The other changes are not so significant to make a big difference in the speed of invitations received compared to last f/year. 




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For all the Accountants  reading this, things are not as bad as they may appear.


Yes its a big drop in allocated numbers but not really too much below the total number who will have received their visas last financial year (6501).


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