The August 2019 skill select round has been results have been published with only a very limited number of invitations. The number of 189 visa invitations was only 100 invites this is low as in July 2019 189 invitations was 1,000. The expectation is that this fluctuation in invites will continue throughout the year with the expectation that invites should increase in the second half of the year.
Analysis of Pro-rata occupations:
The table below presents the minimum points score for the pro-rate occupations.

The table demonstrates that the 189 Visa is very competitive at the moment. The minimum score for Accountants and other engineering professionals is 90.
11 August 2019 Invitation Rounds scores for pro-rata occupations are:

Occupation ID Occupation Minimum Points Score Latest date of EOI
2211 Accountants 90 20/07/2019 8:54pm
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 85 11/03/2019 7:14pm
2334 Electronics Engineer 85 15/07/2019 2:50pm
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 85 31/07/2019 3:21pm
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 90 07/08/2019 4:41pm
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 85 30/07/2019 12:04pm
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 85 31/07/2019 7:57pm
2631 Computer Network Professionals 80* 14/07/2019 8:37pm

* Note: Computer Network Professionals published points score could be an error.

The skilled visa program has become very competitive. The points score required for the 189 visa remains other options for permanent residency will continue to be competitive such as the 190 visa or the 489 visa. Applicants can increase their points by:
• Obtaining a higher English score
• Undertaking the NAATI exam
• Studying in Australia (i.e. gaining a qualification)

If applicants can’t consider any of the above mentioned options, then they may need to consider going to a regional area and applying for the Subclass 491 Skilled Regional Visa which will be available in November 2019.
We encourage applicants to seek professional advice on your options. Please feel free to contact our team at or 02 8815 8135

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