Skilled Migration: 2014-15 Occupational Ceilings Announced
The Occupational Ceilings for the 2014-15 year have been announced. Changes to the number of places allocated to Engineers, IT Professionals, Accountants, Teachers, Constructions Trades, and Chefs were substantial.
What is an Occupational Ceiling?
An occupational ceiling is the total number of invitations issued by the Australian Immigration Department for a particular occupation under the skilled migration program for an entire financial year.
Where does it apply?
Skilled-Independent Subclass 189 visas and family sponsored Skilled Regional Subclass 489 visas are subjected to occupational ceilings. They do not apply to, State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses. This means that states can nominate occupations for Skilled Sponsored Subclass 190 and Skilled Regional Subclass 489 visas even if the ceiling has been reached. Occupational ceilings are only applicable for Skilled Occupations List (SOL).
2014-15 Occupational Ceilings
There have also been some changes in the places available for certain occupations. 2,530 places were added to Engineering occupations and 1,132 places added for IT Professionals. 4,242 places were deducted from Accountants, 1,170 subtracted from Teachers, 2,168 places reduced from Construction Trades and a decrease of 1,353 places from Chefs. Registered Nurses have the largest ceiling with 15,042 places, this is more than double the quota of any other occupational group.
Below is the complete list of the 2014-15 Occupation Ceilings:
Child Care Centre Managers
Health and Welfare Services Managers
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians
Land Economists and Valuers
Architects and Landscape Architects
Cartographers and Surveyors
Urban and Regional Planners
Chemical and Materials Engineers
Civil Engineering Professionals
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
Other Engineering Professionals
Agricultural and Forestry Scientists
Medical Laboratory Scientists
Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers
Secondary School Teachers
Special Education Teachers
Medical Imaging Professionals
Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals
Optometrists and Orthoptists
Chiropractors and Osteopaths
Speech Professionals and Audiologists
Internal Medicine Specialists
Other Medical Practitioners
ICT Business and Systems Analysts
Software and Applications Programmers
Computer Network Professionals
Telecommunications Engineering Professionals
Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
Telecommunications Technical Specialists
Sheetmetal Trades Workers
Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers
Metal Fitters and Machinists
Precision Metal Trades Workers
Bricklayers and Stonemasons
Carpenters and Joiners
Painting Trades Workers
Wall and Floor tilers
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
Electrical Trades Distribution Workers
Electronics Trades Workers
Boat Builders and Shipwrights
Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists
How to Apply?
If you would like to consider your options under any of the skilled migration programs to migrate to Australia, call us at +65 6299 0245 to schedule an appointment to discuss your application. Alternatively, you may complete our free online assessment to check your eligibility.