The table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2017-2018 program year for each occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group.

Occupation ceiling values are based on a percentage of stock employment figures for each occupation. Stock employment figures are provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and represent the number of people employed in Australia in each occupation.

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

Occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 program year

Occupation IDDescriptionOccupation Ceiling Value 2017-18Invitations to 18/01/2018
​1213​Livestock Farmers​4196​0
1331Construction Managers540047
1332Engineering Managers115511
1341Child Care Centre Managers10007
1342Health and Welfare Services Managers137411
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*1327858
2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians100026
2245Land Economists and Valuers100010
​2247​Management consultant​3285​1
2321Architects and Landscape Architects147489
2322Cartographers and Surveyors100022
2331Chemical and Materials Engineers1000144
2332Civil Engineering Professionals3296340
2333Electrical Engineers1042173
2334Electronics Engineers*1000426
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*2178964
2339Other Engineering Professionals*1000534
2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists100054
2346Medical Laboratory Scientists148739
2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals100014
2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers263946
2414Secondary School Teachers7910152
2415Special Education Teachers10005
2512Medical Imaging Professionals111321
2514Optometrists and Orthoptists10009
2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals10000
2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths10007
2524Occupational Therapists110922
2527Speech Professionals and Audiologists100017
2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers3495101
2533Internal Medicine Specialists10008
2539Other Medical Practitioners1000150
2544Registered Nurses16741682
2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts*15741010
2613Software and Applications Programmers*62022955
2621Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists2391179
2631Computer Network Professionals*1318622
2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals1000311
2725Social Workers156298
3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians100022
3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians100025
3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists10009
3211Automotive Electricians10000
3212Motor Mechanics598046
3222Sheetmetal Trades Workers10001
3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers442614
3232Metal Fitters and Machinists533016
3233Precision Metal Trades Workers10000
3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons12719
3312Carpenters and Joiners696817
3322Painting Trades Workers27805
3334Wall and Floor Tilers14070
3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics14274
3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers10001
3423Electronics Trades Workers187821
3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights10000

*Occupations that are subject to pro rata arrangements. For Accountants (2211) the occupational ceiling also reflects volumes in other skilled visa categories.


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