Invitation rounds  and Cut off  for subclass 189 and subclass 489

The report has been taken from department of border protection  and other sources  for  research purpose : You can read  the conclusion  in the end  if you don’t wish to read the department’s report

SkillSelect 17 February 2016 Round Results

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 17 February 2016.

Invitations issued on 17 February 2016

Visa Subclass Number
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 1,600
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 5


During 2015-16 the following number of invitations have been issued:

 Invitations issued during 2015-16

Visa subclass July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Total
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 2,300 2,300 2,300 2,000 2,300 1,400 4,800 3,200 20,600
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 80 80 80 40 40 10 10 10 350
Total 2,380 2,380 2,380 2,040 2,340 1,410 4,810 3,210




The above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses. State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas. Separate results for these visa subclasses are provided monthly.


17 February 2016 results

The following graph shows the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 17 February 2016 round.


Invitation process and cut offs

The highest ranked clients by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For clients who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass (referred to as the visa date of effect) determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.


Visa Subclass Points score Visa date of effect
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 60 10 February 2016 4.37 pm
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 70 16 February 2016 2.42 pm


Due to the continuing high numbers of EOIs received for the below occupations, invitations for these occupations will be issued on a pro rata basis in each monthly invitation round over the 2015-16 programme year. These arrangements are subject to change throughout the programme year.  SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) visas and then remaining to Skilled – Regional (subclass 489) (Provisional – Family Sponsored) visas. If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations:


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


The points score and the visa date of effect cut-off for the above occupations in the 17 February 2016 invitation round is as follows. Below points score and visa date of effect is for Skilled Independent (subclass 189).


Points scores and the visa dates of effect cut off for the above occupations in the 17 February 2016 invitation round


Points Description Points score Visa date of effect
2211 Accountants 65 23 September 2015 1.08 am
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 60 20 March 2015 7.11 pm
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 60 12 December 2015 12.49 am
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