Skilled Migration Invitation Rounds

On 1st July 2018, due to the large volume of skilled visa invitations issued, the minimum point requirement increased from 60 to 65 points. Applicants who lodged their EOI before 30 June 2018 with 60 points will continue to stay in the queue.

Will 65 points get you an invitation?

Probably not. Before lodging your expression of interest (EOI), you might want to have a look the invitation rounds issued every few months. Just because you meet the eligible minimum pass score of 65 does not mean you will get invited.

Whilst the minimum pass score is probable to remain at 65 points, it is worth noting that invitations issued during the previous round was to prospective applicants sitting on 70 to 80 points. This means, the highest ranked applicants by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa first.

Invitations issued on 11 August 2018

Visa SubclassNumber
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)2490
Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489)10

The above table shows the number of invitations issued in the latest invitation round – 11 August 2018


Visa SubclassMinimum Points scoreDate of effect
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)70 30/05/2018 6:16 AM
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)8024/06/2018 10:10 PM


SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189) and then the remaining to Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visas (subclass 489). If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas, then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations.

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.

Occupation that require higher scores

The occupations listed below are subject to pro rata arrangements. These occupations require a greater score to due high demand. This is to ensure availability of invitations across the program year.

Occupation IDDescriptionMinimum Points scoreDate of effect
2211Accountants8015/03/2018 4:05 PM
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers8014/03/2018 9:40 PM
2334Electronics Engineer7519/07/2018 4:13 PM
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers704/12/2017 11:13 AM
2339Other Engineering Professionals7516/05/2018 4:08 PM
2611ICT Business and System Analysts757/04/2018 3:25 AM
2613Software and Applications Programmers7520/06/2018 8:32 PM
2631Computer Network Professionals7027/09/2017 12:29 PM


How can I find out my points score?

You can take our online points test to find out you point score

How can I improve my points score?

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