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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 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 11/04/2020
1213Livestock Farmers5,9340
1331Construction Managers4,983<20 
1332Engineering Managers1,000<20
1341Child Care Centre Managers1,000<20
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers1,7850
1399Other Specialist Managers3,044<20
2111Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers1,0000
2112Music Professionals1,000<20
Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters1,0980
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1,552371
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians1,00035
2245Land Economists and Valuers1,000<20 
2247Management consultant5,26928
2321Architects and Landscape Architects2,171284
2322Cartographers and Surveyors1,000<20
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1,000119
Civil Engineering Professionals3,772519
2333Electrical Engineers1,000319
2334Electronics Engineers*1,000223
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*1,600381
2336Mining Engineers1,00062
2339Other Engineering Professionals*1,000237
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists1,00044
2342Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists1,00037
2343Environmental Scientists1,472<20
2344Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists1,000<20
2345Life Scientists1,00087
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists1,505<20
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals1,00021
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers2,29434
2414Secondary School Teachers8,05261
2415Special Education Teachers1,111<20
2421University Lecturers and Tutors3,40776
2512Medical Imaging Professionals1,203<20
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists1,0000
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals1,0000
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths1,000<20
2524Occupational Therapists1,082<20 
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists1,000<20
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers3,55048
2533Internal Medicine Specialists1,000<20
2539Other Medical Practitioners1,25082
2544Registered Nurses17,509567
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*2,587608
2612Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers1,00041
2613Software and Applications Programmers*8,7481926
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists2,887489
Computer Network Professionals*2,553599
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1,000259
2725Social Workers2,12885
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,00060
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1,000<20 
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists1,000<20
3211Automotive Electricians1,000<20
3212Motor Mechanics6,399<20
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers1,0000
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers3,983<20
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists7,0070
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers1,0000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons1,6100
3312Carpenters and Joiners8,536<20
3322Painting Trades Workers3,330<20
3334Wall and Floor Tilers1,6820
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics1,8510
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers1,0000
3423Electronics Trades Workers1,313<20
3611Animal Attendants and Trainers1,0510
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights1,0000
4523Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials4,0710

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