SCA News Update: 26th October 2018

The Australian Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) have released the SkillSelect results for the invitation round on 11 September 2018.

Statistics in September 2018 remained the same as in the month of August 2018:

Subclass 189: 2,490 invitations
Subclass 489: 10 invitations

These numbers indicate no change to the number of invitations issued in the previous month.

The waiting time of non-pro-rata occupations for the Skill Independent Subclass 189 visa has increased to 12 weeks, but the score remained at 70 points.

The score of pro-rata occupation, Electronic Engineer, was brought down from 75 to 70 points in the last round but with a longer wait-time of approximately 10 months.

The following table depicts the points required to be obtained for pro-rata occupations and the status pertaining invitations.

Pro-rata occupation

Required points Invitations issued on 11th September 2018 Remaining positions Filled positions (%)
Accountants 80 636 3117


Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 80 227 1115 16.92%
ICT Business and System Analysts 75 248 1218 16.92%
Software and Applications Programmers 75 1231 6040 16.93%
Electronics Engineer 70 51 249 17.0%
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 70


301 1479


Other Engineering Professionals 75 119 581 17.0%
Computer Network Professionals 70 367 1800


In total, The DOHA has issued 5,980 invitations for the Skilled – Independent subclass visa 189 and 30 invitations for Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 in the 2018 – 2019 migration program.

Recent changes to Australian Immigration:

The Australian Government has recently indicated that they may decide to prioritize Regional Skilled Migration. This initiative has come about in order to mitigate issues relating to congestion in major metropolitan cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.

If this decision does come into fruition, the states will be bound to extend their scope to aid this initiative and to add more occupations to the Regional Occupation List which will further support the employer sponsorship and regional sponsorship.

What more to expect if this initiative is implemented:

An increase in the number of Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) applications and an escalating rate of 489 visa subclass applications.
The required point for a 189 invitation is expected to remain the same for non pro-rata occupations in the next round.
Good opportunities are expected to be created in areas not limited to South Australia and Western Australia.


The Australian Government makes an average of 3 legislation changes per month relating the Australian migration. Certain decisions may directly or indirectly affect the application process without your knowledge.

Want to know more?

For more information about Australian Migration, please refer to our website: www.sanjicaldera.com

If you would like us to assess your eligibility to migrate to Australia, please click on the link below:

Check Your Eligibility

For advice and assistance pertaining to your Australian or Canadian visa, please contact the team at Sanji Caldera Associates on the details below:

Melbourne Office:

Keith Hepponstall – Director (Business Development)
Mob: (+61) 424 690 351
E-mail: keith@sanjicaldera.com

Colombo Office:

Angelo Norton – Client Relationship Manager
Mob: (+94) 77 880 6279
E-mail: angelo@sanjicaldera.com

Shenali Godakumbura – Client Relationship Manager
Mob: (+94) 76 601 3381
E-mail: shenali@sanjicaldera.com

Dubai Office:

Andriea Perera – Regional Manager (UAE)
Mob: (+971) 55 770 2044
E-mail: andriea@sanjicaldera.com

Toronto Office:

Jesse Wijeyasinghe – Country Manager (Canada)
Mob: +1 (647) 270 8448
E-mail: jesse@sanjicaldera.com

London Office:

Samith Fernando – Country Manger (UK)
Mob: +44 (0) 74033 81913
E-mail: sfernando@vmdconsultants.co.uk