The occupation ceilings for invitations for points based skilled visas in the 2015-16 general skilled migration programme have been released. There have been some minor increases in the ceilings for 22 occupations and minor decreases for 13 occupations.
The largest increases were for Metal Fitters and Machinists with an extra 1254 (18%) and Plumbers with an extra 666 (15%) places.
Panel beaters and Cabinetmakers were added to the list for the first time.
The largest decreases were for Accountants down 2953 (54%) places and Registered Nurses which decreased by 1170 places, although this only accounted for an 8% decrease for that occupation.
Dentists were removed from the list
Due to high levels of demand, three occupation groups will be subject to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the programme year:
- ICT Business and System Analysts
- Software and Applications Programmers
Dates for invitation rounds and the 2015-16 Occupational Ceilings are published on the Department’s website http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Skil#tab-content-2