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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 2018-2019 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 2018-19 program year

Occupation IDDescriptionOccupation Ceiling Value 2018-19Invitations to 11/02/2019
1213Livestock Farmers4,8410
1331Construction Managers5,98250
1332Engineering Managers1,13120
1341Child Care Centre Managers1,000<5
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers1,30214
2211Accountants*3,7532,460
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1,342878
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians1,00080
2245Land Economists and Valuers1,00036
2247Management consultant3,894224
2321Architects and Landscape Architects1,251250
2322Cartographers and Surveyors1,00069
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1,000411
2332Civil Engineering Professionals3,5101,230
2333Electrical Engineers1,000603
2334Electronics Engineers*300197
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*1,7801,164
2339Other Engineering Professionals*700459
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists1,000108
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists1,600111
2347Veterinarians1,00060
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals1,00017
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers2,488194
2414Secondary School Teachers8,480344
2415Special Education Teachers1,0006
2512Medical Imaging Professionals1,22422
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists1,0007
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals1,000<5
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths1,00024
2524Occupational Therapists1,22754
2525Physiotherapists1,61381
2526Podiatrists1,0008
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists1,00043
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers3,348267
2533Internal Medicine Specialists1,00031
2534Psychiatrists1,0008
2535Surgeons1,00011
2539Other Medical Practitioners1,145559
2541Midwives1,00018
2544Registered Nurses17,3221,532
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*1,466960
2613Software and Applications Programmers*7,2714,764
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists2,6601,033
2631Computer Network Professionals*2,1671,419
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1,000683
2711Barristers1,0000
2713Solicitors3,770138
2723Psychologists2,22857
2725Social Workers2,125163
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,00082
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,0007
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists1,00019
3211Automotive Electricians1,000<5
3212Motor Mechanics6,09920
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers1,0000
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers4,6398
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists6,98912
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers1,0000
3241Panelbeaters1,0000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons1,5948
3312Carpenters and Joiners8,37217
3322Painting Trades Workers3,2775
3331Glaziers1,000<5
3332Plasterers2,081<5
3334Wall and Floor Tilers1,259<5
3341Plumbers5,76611
3411Electricians9,30331
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics1,836<5
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers1,019<5
3423Electronics Trades Workers1,76932
3513Chefs2,82170
3941Cabinetmakers1,421<5
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights1,0000

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