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March 11, 2024

SkillSelect Invitation Rounds: Navigating Australia’s Skilled Migration Pathway

Are you considering relocating to Australia for work and exploring the SkillSelect Invitation Rounds? This comprehensive guide will walk you through the essential aspects, from the expression of interest to the intricacies of invitation rounds, shedding light on why Australia is a prime destination for skilled migrants.

Overview of SkillSelect

Expression of Interest

Before delving into the specifics, understanding the Expression of Interest (EOI) process is crucial. SkillSelect operates on a points-based system, where individuals submit their qualifications, skills, and experience. This creates a pool of potential migrants from which the Department invites candidates based on their ranking.

Why Australia?

Discover the allure of Australia as a destination for skilled migration. From its diverse landscapes to a robust economy, explore the factors that make Australia an attractive choice for professionals seeking new opportunities.

Invitation Rounds: A Deep Dive

Previous Rounds

To gain insights into the invitation process, it’s valuable to review the data from previous rounds. Understanding trends and patterns can provide an edge in preparing your EOI.

Occupation Ceilings

Navigate the concept of ‘occupation ceilings’ and how it influences the number of invitations issued for independent and skilled regional visas. Learn how these ceilings contribute to the balance of the skilled migration program.

Invitation Process and Cut Offs

Unravel the intricacies of the invitation process. High-ranking individuals receive invitations before those with lower scores. In case of tied scores, a tie-breaker based on the date of effect comes into play.

Current Round – December 2023

Get real-time information on the latest invitation round, issued on 18 December 2023. Understand the number of invitations, tie-break months, and occupations included in this round.

Occupations included in 18 December 2023 Invitation Round

Here is the table representing the occupations and their respective minimum scores for the SkillSelect Invitation Rounds:

OccupationSubclass 189 ScoreSubclass 491 Score
Child Care Centre Manager65N/A*
Clinical Haematologist65N/A*
Clinical Psychologist7090
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist65N/A*
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher6565
Educational Psychologist70N/A*
Emergency Medicine Specialist65N/A*
General Practitioner65N/A*
Intensive Care Specialist65N/A*
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer6565
Medical Laboratory Scientist6575
Medical Oncologist65N/A*
Medical Practitioners nec6575
Medical Radiation Therapist65N/A*
Nuclear Medicine Technologist65N/A*
Nurse Practitioner65N/A*
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist65N/A*
Occupational Therapist6570
Orthopaedic Surgeon65N/A*
Orthotist or Prosthetist65N/A*
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon70N/A*
Psychologists nec6565
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)6565
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)65N/A*
Registered Nurse (Community Health)65N/A*

Note: N/A indicates that the specific subclass score is not applicable for that occupation.

Invitations Issued During 2023-24 Program Year

Track the progress of invitations throughout the program year for both Subclass 189 and Subclass 491 visas. Stay informed about the trends and plan your migration journey accordingly.

State and Territory Nominations


Delve into the role of State and Territory Governments in the skilled migration process. Understand the total activity in terms of nominations and get insights into specific visa subclasses.

Nominations by State and Territory – 2023-24

Explore the numbers as different regions nominate individuals for visas. From the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to Western Australia (WA), grasp the regional distribution of skilled nominations.


In conclusion, SkillSelect Invitation Rounds serve as a gateway to Australia’s skilled migration program. Navigating this process requires a strategic approach, from optimizing your EOI to understanding occupation ceilings and the intricacies of the invitation process.



How often are SkillSelect Invitation Rounds conducted?

  • SkillSelect Invitation Rounds for various visa subclasses are run periodically throughout the program year.

Do occupation ceilings apply to all skilled migration visas?

  • Occupation ceilings are typically applied to independent and skilled regional visas, ensuring a balanced migration program.

What happens if there is a tie in points scores during an invitation round?

  • In the case of tied scores, individuals with earlier dates of effect in their Expression of Interest are invited first.

Can State or Territory government nominations be impacted by invitation rounds?

  • No, State or Territory government nominations for skilled visas remain unaffected by the Department’s invitation rounds.

Are there specific occupations that may not receive invitations during certain rounds?

  • Yes, the results table indicates that some occupations might not receive invitations based on availability or not meeting specific parameters.
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