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Occupation ceilings

​​​​​​​​​​​​An 'occupation ceiling' may 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 invited 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 2020-2021 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. 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 2020-21 program year.

Occupation IDDescriptionOccupation Ceiling Value 2020-21 Invitations to 21/04/2021
1331Construction Managers7,145 <20
1332Engineering Managers1,474 0
1341Child Care Centre Managers1,000 0
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers1,666 <20
1399Other Specialist Managers4,188 0
2111Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers1,000 0
2112Music Professionals1,000 0
2121Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters1,000 0
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1,619 0
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians1,000 0
2245Land Economists and Valuers1,0000
2247Management consultant4,5260
2321Architects and Landscape Architects1,452 0
2322Cartographers and Surveyors1,000 0
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1,000 65
2332Civil Engineering Professionals3,919 141
2333Electrical Engineers1,348 98
2334Electronics Engineers*1,000 <20
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*2,682 121
2336Mining Engineers1,000 98
2339Other Engineering Professionals*1,000 53
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists1,000 <20
2342Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists1,000 <20
2343Environmental Scientists1,295 <20
2344Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists1,000 20
2345Life Scientists1,000 24
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists1,536 261
2347Veterinarians1,000 41
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals1,056 26
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers3,321 0
2414Secondary School Teachers8,716 0
2415Special Education Teachers1,721 0
2421University Lecturers and Tutors5,042 0
2512Medical Imaging Professionals1,161 27
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists1,000 0
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals1,000 0
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths1,000 0
2524Occupational Therapists1,461 <20
2525Physiotherapists1,685 <20
2526Podiatrists1,000 0
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists1,000 0
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers4,257 230
2533Internal Medicine Specialists1,000 120
2534Psychiatrists1,000 33
2535Surgeons1,000 21
2539Other Medical Practitioners1,168 167
2541Midwives1,333 <20
2544Registered Nurses17,859 658
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*2,273 0
2612Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers1,000 0
2613Software and Applications Programmers*8,405 0
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists2,667 0
2631Computer Network Professionals*2,245 0
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1,000 76
2711Barristers1,000 0
2713Solicitors4,535 0
2723Psychologists1,545 49 
2725Social Workers1,862 22
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,000 <20
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,000 <20
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists1,000 <20
3211Automotive Electricians1,000 0
3212Motor Mechanics5,205 0
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers1,000 0
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers4,866 0
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists6,335 0
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers1,000 0
3241Panelbeaters1,000 0
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons1,712 0
3312Carpenters and Joiners6,812 0
3322Painting Trades Workers3,303 0
3331Glaziers1,000 0
3332Plasterers1,452 0
3334Wall and Floor Tilers1,000 0
3341Plumbers5,861 0
3411Electricians8,021 0
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics1,581 0
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers1,000 0
3423Electronics Trades Workers2,047 0
3513Chefs2,256 0
3611Animal Attendants and Trainers1,239 0
3941Cabinetmakers1,694 0
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights1,000 0
4523Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials1,262 0

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