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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:

Description

Ceiling Value

Construction Managers

5,178

Engineering Managers

1,428

Production Managers

3,132

Child Care Centre Managers

1,000

Health and Welfare Services Managers

1,356

Accountants 

5,478

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

1,188

Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

1,000

Land Economists and Valuers

1,000

Marine Surveyor

1,000

Architects and Landscape Architects

1,476

Cartographers and Surveyors

1,000

Urban and Regional Planners

1,000

Chemical and Materials Engineers

1,000

Civil Engineering Professionals

2,850

Electrical Engineers

1,332

Electronics Engineers

1,000

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

1,680

Mining Engineers

1,000

Other Engineering Professionals

1,000

Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

1,000

Medical Laboratory Scientists

1,092

Veterinarians

1,000

Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

1,000

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

1,404

Secondary School Teachers

7,002

Special Education Teachers

1,044

Medical Imaging Professionals

1,014

Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals

1,470

Optometrists and Orthoptists

1,000

Chiropractors and Osteopaths

1,000

Dental Practitioners

1,000

Occupational Therapists

1,000

Physiotherapists

1,188

Podiatrists

1,000

Speech Professionals and Audiologists

1,000

Generalist Practitioners

3,672

Anaesthetists

1,000

Internal Medicine Specialists

1,000

Psychiatrists

1,000

Surgeons

1,000

Other Medical Practitioners

1,000

Midwives

1,000

Registered Nurses

15,042

ICT Business and Systems Analysts 

1,620

Software and Applications Programmers 

5,004

Computer Network Professionals

1,788

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

1,000

Barristers

1,000

Solicitors

3,426

Psychologists

1,248

Social Workers

1,968

Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1,000

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1,000

Telecommunications Technical Specialists

1,000

Automotive Electricians

1,000

Motor Mechanics

6,444

Sheetmetal Trades Workers

1,000

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

4,482

Metal Fitters and Machinists

6,816

Precision Metal Trades Workers

1,000

Bricklayers and Stonemasons

1,506

Carpenters and Joiners

7,164

Painting Trades Workers

2,448

Glaziers

1,000

Plasterers

1,980

Wall and Floor tilers

1,110

Plumbers

4,464

Electricians

7,854

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

1,626

Electrical Trades Distribution Workers

1,000

Electronics Trades Workers

2,580

Chefs

2,547

Boat Builders and Shipwrights

1,000

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists

1,000

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.

Source: http://www.immi.gov.au/Work/Pages/SkillSelect/SkillSelect.aspx