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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 11/11/2018
1213Livestock Farmers4,8410
1331Construction Managers5,98232
1332Engineering Managers1,13114
1341Child Care Centre Managers1,000<5
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers1,30210
2211Accountants*3,7531,680
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1,342600
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians1,00058
2245Land Economists and Valuers1,00023
2247Management consultant3,894163
2321Architects and Landscape Architects1,251186
2322Cartographers and Surveyors1,00047
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1,000307
2332Civil Engineering Professionals3,510835
2333Electrical Engineers1,000429
2334Electronics Engineers*300135
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*1,780795
2339Other Engineering Professionals*700313
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists1,00083
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists1,60078
2347Veterinarians1,00042
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals1,00011
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers2,488145
2414Secondary School Teachers8,480250
2415Special Education Teachers1,000<5
2512Medical Imaging Professionals1,22411
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists1,000<5
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals1,000<5
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths1,00019
2524Occupational Therapists1,22737
2525Physiotherapists1,61353
2526Podiatrists1,000<5
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists1,00033
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers3,348192
2533Internal Medicine Specialists1,00027
2534Psychiatrists1,0006
2535Surgeons1,0008
2539Other Medical Practitioners1,145407
2541Midwives1,00016
2544Registered Nurses17,3221,081
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*1,466656
2613Software and Applications Programmers*7,2713,253
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists2,660693
2631Computer Network Professionals*2,167969
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1,000509
2711Barristers1,0000
2713Solicitors3,770107
2723Psychologists2,22841
2725Social Workers2,125110
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,00051
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,0006
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists1,00014
3211Automotive Electricians1,0000
3212Motor Mechanics6,09917
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers1,0000
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers4,6395
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists6,9898
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers1,0000
3241Panelbeaters1,0000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons1,5945
3312Carpenters and Joiners8,37210
3322Painting Trades Workers3,277<5
3331Glaziers1,000<5
3332Plasterers2,081<5
3334Wall and Floor Tilers1,259<5
3341Plumbers5,7668
3411Electricians9,30323
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics1,836<5
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers1,019<5
3423Electronics Trades Workers1,76921
3513Chefs2,82147
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.