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The Immigration Department has finally released the occupation ceilings 

The Immigration Department has finally released the occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 Program Year. An occupation ceiling is a limit on the amount of invitations that can be issued through SkillSelect each year. The size and composition is set every year depending on the Australian Government’s Budget process.


An occupation ceiling is applicable to:

  • Skilled independent visas
  • Skilled regional sponsored visas
  • Skilled or business state or territory sponsored visas

For the 2017 – 2018 program year, there have been expansions in the occupation ceiling for the following pro rata occupations - it is quite likely that the required points score will lessen compared to the previous year.

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

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