Occupational Quotas 189/489 2016-17

The number of places available for any individual occupation in any year is subject to Quota's. Once the occupation is reached no further invitations for the visa subclasses 189 and 489 (family sponsored) will be issued for that occupation.

Whilst meeting the required selection criteria and obtaining a score of 60 points may enable you to submit an Expression of Interest this does not automatically result in an invitation to apply. The Expression of Interest is a competitive system with certain applications being provided priority processing. How long it takes before you are invited to apply depends upon a number of factors and depending upon your circumstances. Different strategies might be considered to increase your likelihood of selection for invite from the EOI pool of interested applicants. EOI submissions can potentially remain in the pool for a period of up to 2 years.

Due to high demand for some occupations invitations for the following occupation groups were issued on a pro rata basis across the year. In these occupations consideration should be given to application strategy.

  • 2211 Accountants
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
  • 2333 Electronics Engineers
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers
  • 2613 Other Engineering Professionals
  • 2613 Computer Network Professionals

The table below shows the Quota's or Occupation Ceilings on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), and the maximum number of invitations that can be issued for each occupation for the 2016-17 programme year. For comparison the table also provides details of the increase or decrease in the number of places since the last year. Follow this link to see quota levels for the 2015-16 year.

Occupation ceilings for the 2016-17 programme year
Latest update reflects details provided by the DIBP following the 21st June 2017 round of visa invitations.

Note some occupations have already reached their quota for the 2016-17 program year and the DIBP have announced no further invitations will be made for those occupations until the 2017-18 program year which starts in July 2017.


ANZSCO Group Occupation Group 2016-17 Quota Places Remaining % of Quota used to date Change in quota from 2015-16 % of Quota used in 2015-16
1331 Construction Managers 5289 5153 2.57 -351 2.0
1332 Engineering Managers 1407 1370 2.63 393 3.0
1335 Production Managers 3368 3353 0.45 -214 0.3
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1000 978 2.20 0 1.9
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1177 1129 4.08 -233 3.3
2211 Accountants 2500 0 100.00 -52 100.0
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 1413 0 100.00 413 100.0
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1000 868 13.20 0 9.5
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1035 962 7.05 35 4.3
2312 Marine Transport Professionals 1000 870 13.00 0 5.6
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 1391 849 38.96 -259 19.8
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1000 880 12.00 0 7.2
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1000 68 93.20 0 61.1
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 2174 24 98.90 -796 47.2
2333 Electrical Engineers 1254 155 87.64 24 57.6
2334 Electronics Engineers 1000 0 100.00 0 100.0
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 1539 0 100.00 -249 100.0
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 1000 -18 101.80 0 100.0
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1000 769 23.10 0 17.1
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1602 1444 9.86 240 12.5
2347 Veterinarians 1000 862 13.80 0 9.3
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1000 975 2.50 0 4.0
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 1822 1558 14.49 -158 11.4
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8032 7385 8.06 -320 7.2
2415 Special Education Teachers 1126 1105 1.87 -32 2.3
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1000 884 11.60 -92 11.0
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1000 989 1.10 0 3.6
2519 Orthotist or Prosthetist 1000 995 0.50 1000
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1000 958 4.20 0 3.4
2524 Occupational Therapists 1000 851 14.90 0 10.6
2525 Physiotherapists 1345 1154 14.20 241 14.5
2526 Podiatrists 1000 972 2.80 0 3.6
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1000 924 7.60 0 6.6
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3495 2993 14.36 -63 11.2
2532 Anaesthetists 1000 967 3.30 0 4.5
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1000 943 5.70 0 5.1
2534 Psychiatrists 1000 983 1.70 0 3.3
2535 Surgeons 1000 979 2.10 0 2.6
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1315 419 68.14 315 72.4
2541 Midwives 1017 973 4.33 17 4.9
2544 Registered Nurses 16346 12859 21.33 2474 23.4
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts 1482 0 100.00 -54 100.0
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 5662 0 100.00 298 100.0
2631 Computer Network Professionals 1426 -56 103.93 -560 100.0
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1000 0 100.00 0 78.5
2711 Barristers 1000 998 0.20 0 0.4
2713 Solicitors 5154 4870 5.51 1902 9.1
2723 Psychologists 1532 1405 8.29 320 8.4
2725 Social Workers 1783 1518 14.86 -383 10.2
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000 839 16.10 0 8.6
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000 903 9.70 0 4.0
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1000 968 3.20 0 2.7
3211 Automotive Electricians 1000 988 1.20 0 1.0
3212 Motor Mechanics 5597 5382 3.84 -511 2.8
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1000 998 0.20 0 0.8
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 4466 4405 1.37 50 1.3
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 6677 6581 1.44 -1393 1.1
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1000 1000 0.00 0 0.2
3241 Panelbeaters 1000 994 0.60 -134 0.3
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1751 1717 1.94 95 3.1
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 7718 7572 1.89 428 2.5
3322 Painting Trades Workers 2871 2848 0.80 69 1.3
3331 Glaziers 1000 997 0.30 0 0.1
3332 Plasterers 2149 2123 1.21 283 0.8
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1475 1469 0.41 191 0.3
3341 Plumbers 5169 5093 1.47 39 1.8
3411 Electricians 9345 9140 2.19 573 2.2
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1701 1674 1.59 663 2.8
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1000 993 0.70 0 1.0
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 1993 1928 3.26 -83 2.5
3513 Chefs 2854 2662 6.73 379 6.4
3941 Cabinetmakers 1568 1564 0.26 38 0.3
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1000 998 0.20 0 0.3