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

Visa subclass Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May June Total
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 2000 2000 3500 2500 10000
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 210 256 93  57 616
Total 2210 2256 3593  2557  10616

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

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