1250 invitations for subclass 189 visa and 5 invitations for subclass 489 visas have been issued in the 18 Oct 2017 round, making the total of invitation for subclass 189 be 2000 in Oct 2017, while the total for subclass 489 be 57.
During 2017-18 the following numbers of invitations have been issued:
Invitations issued during 2017-18
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||2000||2000||3500||2500||10000|
|Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)||210||256||93||57||616|
It was a surprise that the points score for subclass 489 was increased to 70, even 5 points more than that for subclass 189, probably thanks to the very low invitations that had been issued during this round.
Invitations for Accountants (Occupation ID 2211) returned to normal, with the points score back to 75 and the visa date of effect cut off progressing to 4 Sept 2017.
As in the previous rounds, the 8 popular occupations are still subject to pro rata arrangements due to the high demand.
|Occupation ID||Description||Points score||Visa date of effect|
|2211||Accountants||75||04/09/2017 10.01 pm|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||75||08/08/2017 12.03 am|
|2334||Electronics Engineer||65||18/09/2017 11.31 pm|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||65||27/04/2017 11.34 pm|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals||70||16/10/2017 12.06 am|
|2611||ICT Business and System Analysts||70||20/07/2017 3.30 pm|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers||65||18/04/2017 8.50 pm|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals||65||04/03/2017 8.30 pm|