Occupation ceilings for Australian skilled visas

Occupation Ceilings apply to applications made under the GSM stream for 189 and 489 visas

  • The occupation ceiling limits the number of EOI’s that can be selected for an invite from the occupation group.
  • When the occupation ceiling is reached, no further invitations of that occupation (group) will be issued for that program year (program year runs from 1 July to 30 June each year)
  • Look at your occupation’s ANZSCO code number, and then use the first 4 digits (the ANZSCO code unit group)

2018-19 program year

Occupation Group IDGroup DescriptionOccupation Ceiling Value 2018-19
1213Livestock Farmers4,841
1331Construction Managers5,982
1332Engineering Managers1,131
1341Child Care Centre Managers1,000
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers1,302
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1,342
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians1,000
2245Land Economists and Valuers1,000
2247Management consultant3,894
2321Architects and Landscape Architects1,251
2322Cartographers and Surveyors1,000
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1,000
2332Civil Engineering Professionals3,510
2333Electrical Engineers1,000
2334Electronics Engineers*300
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*1,780
2339Other Engineering Professionals*700
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists1,000
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists1,600
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals1,000
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers2,488
2414Secondary School Teachers8,480
2415Special Education Teachers1,000
2512Medical Imaging Professionals1,224
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists1,000
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals1,000
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths1,000
2524Occupational Therapists1,227
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists1,000
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers3,348
2533Internal Medicine Specialists1,000
2539Other Medical Practitioners1,145
2544Registered Nurses17,322
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*1,466
2613Software and Applications Programmers*7,271
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists2,660
2631Computer Network Professionals*2,167
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1,000
2725Social Workers2,125
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,000
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,000
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists1,000
3211Automotive Electricians1,000
3212Motor Mechanics6,099
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers1,000
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers4,639
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists6,989
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers1,000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons1,594
3312Carpenters and Joiners8,372
3322Painting Trades Workers3,277
3334Wall and Floor Tilers1,259
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics1,836
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers1,019
3423Electronics Trades Workers1,769
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights1,000

*Occupations that are subject to pro rata arrangements. For Accountants (2211) the occupational ceiling also reflects volumes in other skilled visa categories.

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