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 Managers5400
Engineering Managers1155
Child Care Centre Managers1000
Health and Welfare Services Managers1374
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1327
Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians1000
Land Economists and Valuers1000
Marine Transport Professionals1000
Architects and Landscape Architects1474
Cartographers and Surveyors1000
Chemical and Materials Engineers1000
Civil Engineering Professionals3296
Electrical Engineers1042
Electronics Engineers*1000
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*2178
Other Engineering Professionals*1000
Agricultural and Forestry Scientists1000
Medical Laboratory Scientists1487
Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals1000
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers2639
Secondary School Teachers7910
Special Education Teachers1000
Medical Imaging Professionals1113
Optometrists and Orthoptists1000
Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals1000
Chiropractors and Osteopaths1000
Occupational Therapists1109
Speech Professionals and Audiologists1000
General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers3495
Internal Medicine Specialists1000
Other Medical Practitioners1000
Registered Nurses16741
ICT Business and Systems Analysts*1574
Software and Applications Programmers*6202
Computer Network Professionals*1318
Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1000
Social Workers1562
Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1000
Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians1000
Telecommunications Technical Specialists1000
Automotive Electricians1000
Motor Mechanics5980
Sheetmetal Trades Workers1000
Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers4426
Metal Fitters and Machinists5330
Precision Metal Trades Workers1000
Bricklayers and Stonemasons1271
Carpenters and Joiners6968
Painting Trades Workers2780
Wall and Floor Tilers1407
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics1427
Electrical Distribution Trades Workers1000
Electronics Trades Workers1878
Boat Builders and Shipwrights1000
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