Final SkillSelect Round for 2020/2021 Financial Year

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The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has recently released results for the final SkillSelect invitation round of the 2020/2021 financial year, with some big jumps in invitation numbers for certain occupations.

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 21 April 2021.

Visa subclass Number
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 500
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491 – Family Sponsored 160

The combined total of 660 invitations is an 81% increase on the number of invites sent in the January 2021 round.

Invitation process

Visa subclass Minimum points score Latest date of effect month
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 80 07/2019
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491 – Family Sponsored 65 03/2021

The minimum points score for the 491 visa remained at 65 points, however, the 189 minimum score increased to 80 points. The most recently lodged EOI for a 491 was from March 2021, while the most recent EOI for a 189 visa was dated in July 2019 – almost a 2-year wait for an invitation.

Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 21 April 2021 invitation round.

Due to high levels of demand, some occupation groups were subjected to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the program year.

SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189), and thereafter the remaining to Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored. If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 491 visas in these occupations.

Two of the pro-rata occupations received invites this round are:

Occupation ID Description Minimum Points Score Latest date of EOI
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 80 (SC189) 07/2019
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 90 (SC189) 05/2020
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 70 (SC491) 09/2020

Accountants, Auditors, ICT Business and System Analysts, Software and Applications Programmers, and Computer Network Professionals did not receive a single invitation in the 2020/2021 financial year.

Occupation ceilings

According to the Occupation ceilings table, those who received invitations for the final round included:

  • 206 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers;
  • 117 Registered Nurses;
  • 74 Mining Engineers;
  • 73 Industrial, Mechanical, and Production Engineers;
  • 41 Veterinarians (only recently added to the priority skilled migration list);
  • 22 Social Workers (the first invitations this financial year); and
  • 21 Other Engineering Professionals.

The balance invitations were sent to Medical Laboratory Scientists, Other Medical Practitioners, Internal Medicine Specialists, Medical Imaging Professionals, Environmental Scientists, Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals, Psychologists, and Geologists/Geophysicists/Hydrogeologists.

Note that the above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses. State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas.

Nominations by State and Territory Governments – March 2021

The number of intending migrants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2020 to the end of June 2021 is shown in the following table:


Visa subclass

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) 151 205 30 170 205 145 118 115 1,139
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored 113 241 39 152 222 96 57 24 944
Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188) <20 296 <20 220 95 0 39 <20 674
Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132) <20 <20 <20 67 295 0 <20 <20 383
Total 848 1,503 506 2,148 1,784 1,549 1,429 558 10,325

Source: Department of Home Affairs

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