Invitation process

  • The highest ranked applications by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa.
  • Applicants 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.

Estimates as at February 2019

Visa subclassMinimum points score
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)70
Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489)80

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.

Estimated Point scores required for the pro rata occupations

Occupation GroupDescriptionMinimum points score
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers75 – 80
2334Electronics Engineer75
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers70
2339Other Engineering Professionals75
2611ICT Business and System Analysts70 – 75
2613Software and Applications Programmers70
2631Computer Network Professionals70


  • these points do not apply for a 190 visa
  • for a 190 application, if the state approves your sponsorship, you get a guaranteed invitation for a 190 visa

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