occupation-ceilingThe 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