SkillSelect and State Invitation Rounds

A 189 visa invitation round is happening today 18 December 2023. We will update this page as soon as the data is available.

Invitation rounds apply to Skilled Independent Visas (subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visas (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored. Invitations are usually released quarterly and each round varies depending on the number of applications that are received and processed by the Department of Home Affairs.

Details of the 25 May 2023 SkillSelect invitation round has been released on the Department’s website.

Invitations issued
Visa subclass


Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 7,353
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored 74

Cut off points

Visa subclass

Min score

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 65
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored) 65

On this page you will find information about SkillSelect Invitation Rounds:

Occupation Ceilings

Occupation ceilings may be applicable to the invitations issued for some occupations in the subclass 189 and subclass 491 – family sponsored visa programs. Occupation ceilings are a reasonable limit on the number of Expression of Interest (EOIs) that can be invited. Occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated visa subclasses.

Current Round

Invitations issued on 21 January 2022

Visa subclass Number
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 200
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored 200

Invitations Issued during 2021-22 Program Year

Visa subclass Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 250 200 200
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored 500 200 200
If you are Invited or Selected

If you are invited to apply for a visa, you will receive an invitation from SkillSelect. The applicant will then have 60 days from the date of invitation to make a valid visa application online prior to the invitation expiring. Applications received outside of the timeline will be invalid and another invitation will be required for the applicant to be eligible.

Occupations in the 21 January 2022 Invitation Round
Occupation Invited for Subclass Lowest Points Score Invited
subclass 189
Lowest Points Score Invited
subclass 491 (FSR)
Agricultural Consultant 491 N/A 80
Agricultural Scientist 491 N/A 80
Biotechnologist 491 N/A 80
Chemical Engineer 491 N/A 80
Emergency Medicine Specialist 189 90 N/A
Environmental Consultant 491 N/A 80
Environmental Scientists nec 491 N/A 85
Food Technologist 491 N/A 80
General Practitioner 189 90 N/A
Geophysicist 491 N/A 80
Life Scientist (General) 491 N/A 105
Life Scientists nec 491 N/A 95
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer 189 90 N/A
Medical Laboratory Scientist 189, 491 90 80
Medical Practitioners nec 189 90 N/A
Medical Radiation Therapist 491 N/A 95
Microbiologist 189, 491 90 85
Midwife 491 N/A 85
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) 189 90 N/A
Neurosurgeon 189 95 N/A
Nuclear Medicine Technologist 189 95 N/A
Nurse Practitioner 189 95 N/A
Orthotist or Prosthetist 491 N/A 80
Paediatrician 189 90 N/A
Petroleum Engineer 189 90 N/A
Physiotherapist 491 N/A 80
Psychologists nec 491 N/A 80
Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 189, 491 90 80
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) 491 N/A 80
Registered Nurse (Community Health) 189 90 N/A
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) 189, 491 90 80
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) 189 90 N/A
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 189, 491 90 90
Registered Nurse (Medical) 189, 491 90 80
Registered Nurse (Mental Health) 189, 491 90 80
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) 189, 491 90 80
Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 189, 491 90 80
Registered Nurse (Surgical) 189, 491 90 80
Registered Nurses nec 491 N/A 80
Social Worker 491 N/A 80
Veterinarian 189 90 N/A

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