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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 09/05/2019
1213Livestock Farmers4,8410
1331Construction Managers
1332Engineering Managers1,13122
1341Child Care Centre Managers1,000<5
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers1,30216
1399Other Specialist Managers2,6150
2111Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers1,0000
2112Music Professionals1,0000
2121Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters1,0000
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1,342952
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians1,00085
2245Land Economists and Valuers1,00036
2247Management consultant3,894231
2321Architects and Landscape Architects1,251299
2322Cartographers and Surveyors1,00074
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1,000433
2332Civil Engineering Professionals3,5101,319
2333Electrical Engineers1,000629
2334Electronics Engineers*300213
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*1,7801,261
2336Mining Engineers1,000<5
2339Other Engineering Professionals*700499
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists1,000115
2342Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists1,0006
2343Environmental Scientists1,7160
2344Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists1,0000
2345Life Scientists1,0006
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists1,600136
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals1,00017
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers2,488210
2414Secondary School Teachers8,480362
2415Special Education Teachers1,0007
2421University Lecturers and Tutors2,9075
2512Medical Imaging Professionals1,22425
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists1,0008
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals1,000<5
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths1,00025
2524Occupational Therapists1,22758
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists1,00045
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers3,348287
2533Internal Medicine Specialists1,00033
2539Other Medical Practitioners1,145613
2544Registered Nurses17,3221,651
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*1,4661,040
2612Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers1,0000
2613Software and Applications Programmers*7,2715,163
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists2,6601,104
2631Computer Network Professionals*2,1671,514
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1,000713
2725Social Workers2,125209
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,00088
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,0009
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists1,00019
3211Automotive Electricians1,000<5
3212Motor Mechanics6,09922
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers1,0000
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers4,6399
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists6,98912
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers1,0000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons1,59411
3312Carpenters and Joiners8,37218
3322Painting Trades Workers3,2775
3334Wall and Floor Tilers1,259<5
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics1,836<5
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers1,019<5
3423Electronics Trades Workers1,76934
3611Animal Attendants and Trainers1,0450
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights1,0000
4523Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials2,7010

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