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Planned system outage

Saturday 13 September from midnight until Sunday 14 September 2014 1am AEST (UTC +10).

Sunday 14 September from midnight until Monday 15 September 2014 4am AEST (UTC +10).

SkillSelect clients will not be able to commence a visa application during the above times.

If you receive a 'Server 500' error message during this time, you are encouraged to try again after the scheduled outages.

We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.

New validity requirement for skills assessments

From 1 July 2014, if a skills assessment is mandatory as part of a visa application, that assessment will only be valid for a period of three years from the date of issue, unless a shorter validity period is specified on the assessment. See New validity requirements for skills assessments.

About SkillSelect

SkillSelect is an online service that helps Australia manage its skilled migration programme. It helps to ensure that the skilled migration programme is based on Australia's economic needs. It supports the government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers. As a result, the time taken to process a visa application is significantly reduced.

SkillSelect also helps address regional skill shortages. SkillSelect allows intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. This is of particular benefit to employers experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory governments attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia.

How does SkillSelect work?

Submit an EOI

Login to SkillSelect

Skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia can be considered for a skilled visa by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect.

An EOI is an indication that you would like to be considered for a skilled visa. An EOI is not a visa application.

You will be asked to provide a range of information in your EOI depending on the visa you want to be considered for, such as:

  • basic personal information
  • nominated occupation
  • work experience
  • study and education
  • level of English skills
  • details of a skills assessment, related to your nominated occupation
  • business and investment experience.

These skilled workers and business people can then be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or they might be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.

All people interested in the points based skilled migration or business investment and innovation visa programmes will need to submit an EOI and receive an invitation in order to lodge a visa application.

For more detail on what questions and information you will need to supply in your EOI, you should refer to the webpage of the visa you are interested in.

Which visas can be applied for?

The following five visas must be applied for -- following submission of a successful Expression of Interest (EOI) -- through SkillSelect:

The following three visas can be applied for following an invitation by a SkillSelect-approved Australian employer:

See: Booklet 11- SkillSelect for more information about the SkillSelect process.

For employers

Employers login

This section will help you understand what you need to do to gain access to highly skilled workers to meet your current and future business obligations.

If you need further assistance, visit our SkillSelect Help and support section..

The benefits of using SkillSelect

SkillSelect can help you quickly and easily identify potential skilled workers with the essential skills and attributes needed to fill skill shortages, and to contact them.

This has a number of benefits for business, including the ability to reduce overseas advertising and recruitment costs, as well as helping address regional skill shortages. When an intending migrant submits their EOI, they can identify states and territories they are willing to live and work and indicate whether they would be willing to work in regional areas. Employers can then search for skilled workers who have indicated a willingness to work in specific regional areas.

Searching SkillSelect

You can search SkillSelect using a range of criteria such as the skilled worker's occupation, qualifications or English language ability. You will be able to view details of skilled workers and then make contact with them to discuss sponsorship and employment. You will not have access to any personal information such as name, date of birth and other characteristics that could personally identify the skilled worker.

SkillSelect is a secure online service that requires a valid AUSKey for employers to gain access. If you are an Australian business, you can register for an AUSKey to securely and conveniently access a range of government online services. To obtain an AUSKey or find out more, visit the AUSKey website.

If you are one of the more than 800 000 existing AUSKey users, you are ready to use SkillSelect now.

Select the 'Employers login' button at the top of this page.

You will be asked to agree to the terms and conditions of SkillSelect when you register. If you do not comply with the terms and conditions your access to SkillSelect may be revoked

Identifying a potential skilled worker

If you find a potential skilled worker you can submit a contact request through SkillSelect to the skilled worker with your contact details. The skilled worker can then contact you to discuss employment opportunities.

Following contact with the skilled worker, you can decide to sponsor and employ them. Information about how to sponsor a skilled worker to migrate to Australia is available on our website:

You can identify people through your own selection processes and you will still be able to sponsor them without the skilled worker submitting an EOI through SkillSelect.

Invitation rounds


As there are still high levels of interest from prospective skilled migrants in the following occupations, pro rata arrangements for these occupational groups will continue:

  • Accountants
  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers

Details of the cut-offs for these occupations will continue to be included in the regular invitation round reports.

An invitation is permission from the government that allows invitees to apply for a visa under the skilled migration programme for Australia.

Invitations are issued twice a month. The results of the invitation rounds are published on this webpage after every round.

Current invitation round

An invitation round to apply for the Skilled - Independent and Skilled - Regional (Provisional) visa subclasses was conducted on 29 August 2014​.

Next invitation rounds

Please note the invitation rounds will be held on the second and fourth Monday of each month, rather than the first and third for the rest of the programme year.

The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the September 2014 invitation rounds are as follows:

8 September 2014

Visa subclass Maximum number
Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) 1350
Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 50

22 September 2014

Visa subclass Maximum number
Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) 1350
Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 50

A maximum of 50 invitations for subclass 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Sponsored) visas will be issued as part of the September 2014 invitation round. The number of invites issued for subclass 489 in this and future rounds will be determined by the skilled migration programme to address Australia’s economic needs.

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional) (state or territory nominated) visas and nominations for these visas can continue as normal.

Previous invitation rounds

The results from previous invitation rounds are shown below:



Occupation ceilings

An occupation ceiling will be applied to invitations to apply to migrate under the points based skilled visas of the general skilled migration programme. There will be a limit on how many invitations are issued in these subclasses for a particular occupation to ensure that the migration programme is not dominated by a small number of occupations.

Occupational ceilings do not apply to, State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

As there are high levels of interest from prospective skilled migrants in the below occupations, pro rata arrangements for this occupational group will apply. These arrangements are subject to change throughout the programme years:

  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Accountants.

The table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2014-2015 programme year for each occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group, and the number of invitations issued for each occupation in the current programme year to date:

Occupations ceilings for the 2014-15 programme year

Occupation ID Description Ceiling value Results to date
1331 Construction Managers 5178 31
1332 Engineering Managers 1428 7
1335 Production Managers 3132 0
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1000 0
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1356 10
2211 Accountants 5478 908
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 1188 116
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1000 19
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1000 6
2312 Marine Transport Professionals 1000 7
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 1476 51
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1000 8
2326 Urban and Regional Planners 1000 17
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1000 65
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 2850 213
2333 Electrical Engineers 1332 69
2334 Electronics Engineers 1000 111
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 1680 239
2336 Mining Engineers 1000 23
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 1000 172
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1000 26
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1092 10
2347 Veterinarians 1000 13
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1000 8
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 1404 21
2414 Secondary School Teachers 7002 106
2415 Special Education Teachers 1044 3
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1014 14
2513 Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals 1470 22
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1000 4
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1000 6
2523 Dental Practitioners 1000 61
2524 Occupational Therapists 1000 15
2525 Physiotherapists 1188 31
2526 Podiatrists 1000 2
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1000 5
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3672 71
2532 Anaesthetists 1000 4
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1000 10
2534 Psychiatrists 1000 4
2535 Surgeons 1000 3
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1000 96
2541 Midwives 1000 5
2544 Registered Nurses 15042 572
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts 1620 403
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 5004 853
2631 Computer Network Professionals 1788 247
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1000 120
2711 Barristers 1000 0
2713 Solicitors 3426 48
2723 Psychologists 1248 26
2725 Social Workers 1968 33
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000 10
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000 7
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1000 5
3211 Automotive Electricians 1000 1
3212 Motor Mechanics 6444 24
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1000 0
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 4482 11
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 6816 14
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1000 0
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1506 15
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 7164 40
3322 Painting Trades Workers 2448 1
3331 Glaziers 1000 0
3332 Plasterers 1980 4
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1110 0
3341 Plumbers 4464 19
3411 Electricians 7854 38
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1626 6
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1000 0
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 2580 3
3513 Chefs 2547 12
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1000 0
4112 Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists 1000 6

Help and support

This section provides detailed information to help you use SkillSelect. Before you contact us to resolve or address any issues, we encourage you to:

  1. Read the user guides​.
  2. Check Booklet 11- SkillSelect.
  3. Search the SkillSelect FAQs on this website.

If you are unable to resolve your issue or question, you can contact us using this form:

Note: Our client contact centres are unable to help with technical enquiries about SkillSelect.

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