Looking at the Occupation Ceilings for the 2017-18 Australia Skilled Migration program, it is safe to say that it is still a good year for professionals, particularly Accountants, Software engineers, and Mechanical Engineers. For this fiscal year, significant higher ceilings are given for the above-mentioned occupations.
The government announced that Australia’s permanent migration program for this program year will remain stable at a ceiling of 190,000 intakes despite removing 457 visas and removing some professions from the occupation lists.
The following are the pro rata occupations that ceilings have been increased:

  • Accountants: Increased by 2285 places to 4785
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers: Increased by 639 places to 2178
  • Software and Applications Programmers: Increased by 540 places to 6202
  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts: Increased by 92 places to 1574

The following are the prorated occupations that ceilings are unchanged to 1000 places:

  • Electronics Engineers
  • Other Engineering Professionals
  • Occupation ceilings that have been reduced:
  • Computer Network Professionals: Decreased by 108 places to 1318
  • Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers: Decreased by 86 places to 132

Occupations with significantly decreased ceilings:

  • Bricklayers and Stonemasons: Decreased by 480 places to 1271
  • Other Medical Practitioners: Decreased by 315 places to 1000
  • Metal Fitters and Machinists: Decreased by 1347 places to 5330
  • Solicitors: Decreased by 993 places to 4161
  • Engineering Managers: Decreased by 252 places to 1155
  • Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics: Decreased by 274 places to 1427
  • Social Workers: Decreased by 221 places to 1562
  • Special Education Teachers: Decreased by 126 places to 1000
  • Carpenters and Joiners: Decreased by 750 places to 6968
  • Medical Laboratory Scientists: Decreased by 115 places to 1487
  • Chefs: Decreased by 179 places to 2675
  • Electronics Trades Workers: Decreased by 115 places to 1878

Just like what we always say, immigration rules and regulations are extremely dynamic, thus, changes may occur anytime. You may be qualified today, but uncertainties are still lingering with the thought that eligibility criteria may change next month. We’ll never know. Always apply for what you qualify for when you really qualify. Let us assess your criteria and take your migration plans forward. Fill out our online assessment form to receive an initial evaluation of your criteria.

Below is a table of the occupation ceilings set for 2017-18:

Occupation Ceiling Value 2017-18
Construction Managers 5400
Engineering Managers 1155
Child Care Centre Managers 1000
Health and Welfare Services Managers 1374
Accountants* 4785
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* 1327
Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1000
Land Economists and Valuers 1000
Marine Transport Professionals 1000
Architects and Landscape Architects 1474
Cartographers and Surveyors 1000
Chemical and Materials Engineers 1000
Civil Engineering Professionals 3296
Electrical Engineers 1042
Electronics Engineers* 1000
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers* 2178
Other Engineering Professionals* 1000
Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1000
Medical Laboratory Scientists 1487
Veterinarians 1000
Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1000
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2639
Secondary School Teachers 7910
Special Education Teachers 1000
Medical Imaging Professionals 1113
Optometrists and Orthoptists 1000
Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1000
Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1000
Occupational Therapists 1109
Physiotherapists 1464
Podiatrists 1000
Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1000
General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3495
Internal Medicine Specialists 1000
Psychiatrists 1000
Surgeons 1000
Other Medical Practitioners 1000
Midwives 1090
Registered Nurses 16741
ICT Business and Systems Analysts* 1574
Software and Applications Programmers* 6202
Computer Network Professionals* 1318
Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1000
Barristers 1000
Solicitors 4161
Psychologists 1750
Social Workers 1562
Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000
Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000
Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1000
Automotive Electricians 1000
Motor Mechanics 5980
Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1000
Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 4426
Metal Fitters and Machinists 5330
Precision Metal Trades Workers 1000
Panelbeaters 1344
Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1271
Carpenters and Joiners 6968
Painting Trades Workers 2780
Glaziers 1000
Plasterers 2103
Wall and Floor Tilers 1407
Plumbers 5507
Electricians 9354
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1427
Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1000
Electronics Trades Workers 1878
Chefs 2675
Cabinetmakers 1905
Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1000
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