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Working in Australia

Occupation ceilings

An 'occupation ceiling' might be applied to invitations issued under the independent, skilled regional (provisional) visas. This means there will be a limit on how many EOIs can be selected for skilled migration from an occupation group. This ensures that the skilled migration program is not dominated by a small number of occupations. Once this limit is reached, no further invitations for that particular occupation group will be issued for that program year. Invitations will then be allocated to intending migrants in other occupation groups even if they are lower ranking. See 'occupation ceilings' tab on this page.

The table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2019-2020 program year for each occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group.

Occupation ceiling values are based on a percentage of stock employment figures for each occupation. Stock employment figures are provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and represent the number of people employed in Australia in each occupation.

Occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

Occupation ceilings for the 2019-20 program year.

Occupation IDDescriptionOccupation Ceiling Value 2019-20Invitations to 11/07/2019
1213Livestock Farmers5,9340
1331Construction Managers4,9830
1332Engineering Managers1,0000
1341Child Care Centre Managers1,0000
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers1,7850
1399Other Specialist Managers3,0440
2111Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers1,0000
2112Music Professionals1,0000
2121Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters1,0980
2211Accountants*2,74683
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1,55247
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians1,0006
2243Economists1,000<5
2245Land Economists and Valuers1,000<5
2247Management consultant5,2695
2321Architects and Landscape Architects2,171124
2322Cartographers and Surveyors1,000<5
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1,00013
2332Civil Engineering Professionals3,77226
2333Electrical Engineers1,00020
2334Electronics Engineers*1,00030
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*1,60049
2336Mining Engineers1,0005
2339Other Engineering Professionals*1,00030
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists1,000<5
2342Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists1,0006
2343Environmental Scientists1,472<5
2344Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists1,000<5
2345Life Scientists1,00011
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists1,505<5
2347Veterinarians1,0000
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals1,000<5
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers2,2945
2414Secondary School Teachers8,0525
2415Special Education Teachers1,1110
2421University Lecturers and Tutors3,407<5
2512Medical Imaging Professionals1,2030
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists1,0000
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals1,0000
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths1,0000
2524Occupational Therapists1,0820
2525Physiotherapists1,784<5
2526Podiatrists1,0000
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists1,000<5
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers3,55014
2533Internal Medicine Specialists1,0000
2534Psychiatrists1,0000
2535Surgeons1,0000
2539Other Medical Practitioners1,25011
2541Midwives1,2180
2544Registered Nurses17,50952
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*2,58779
2612Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers1,0007
2613Software and Applications Programmers*8,748265
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists2,88734
2631Computer Network Professionals*2,55377
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1,00022
2711Barristers1,0000
2713Solicitors4,650<5
2723Psychologists1,8320
2725Social Workers2,12837
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,0008
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,0000
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists1,0000
3211Automotive Electricians1,0000
3212Motor Mechanics6,399<5
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers1,0000
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers3,9830
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists7,0070
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers1,0000
3241Panelbeaters1,0000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons1,6100
3312Carpenters and Joiners8,5360
3322Painting Trades Workers3,330<5
3331Glaziers1,0000
3332Plasterers2,1000
3334Wall and Floor Tilers1,6820
3341Plumbers5,0600
3411Electricians8,624<5
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics1,8510
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers1,0000
3423Electronics Trades Workers1,313<5
3513Chefs2,738<5
3611Animal Attendants and Trainers1,0510
3941Cabinetmakers2,1120
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights1,0000
4523Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials4,0710
4524Sportspersons1,0000

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