September Invitation Round – SkillSelect draws only 200 candidates invited to apply for Australian Skilled visa

Skilled visas- Invitations issued in September 2019

The Department has released the details of SkillSelect’s September 2019 invitation round. The number of invitations for the Skilled Independent 189 visa in this round has decreased again to 100 (a decrease compared to the july month of 1000 invitations). The number of invitations for regional skilled visa subclass 489 remained unchanged at 100 (same as previous month of 100 invitations). For the 6th time, in this round no invitations were issued to applicants with less than 80 points for subclass 189 and subclass 489.

Australia’s SkillSelect system manages the profiles of candidates for two of Australia’s skilled visa programs — the 189 and 489 visa.

Candidates are ranked based on a score awarded under SkillSelect’s  Ranking System (EOI) that considers factors such as age, education, skilled work , study in Australia and language ability in English.

A set number of the highest-ranked candidates receive an invitation to apply for Australian permanent residence, through regular draws from the pool, the Department of Home Affairs aims to process applications for permanent residence within 8 months.


Invitation rounds for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) visas will be run once a month.

Invitation rounds are anticipated to run on the 11th day of each month. Dates for the rounds are subject to change.

Invitation numbers in each round may vary depending on the number of applications being processed by the department.

Note: State or territory government nominations for Skilled Regional (provisional) visas (subclass 489) will not be impacted.

Invitations issued on 11 September 2019

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 11 September 2019.

Visa subclass Number
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 100
Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) 100

During 2019-20 program year the following numbers of invitations have been issued:

11 September 2019 results

The following graph shows the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 11 September 2019 round.

Graph showing the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 11 July 2019 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 date of effect) determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.

Visa subclass Minimum points score Latest date of effect
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 85 03/08/2019 10:05pm
Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) 80 15/08/2019 12:30am

Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 11 September 2019 invitation round.

Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the below occupation groups will be subject to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the program year.

SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189) and then the remaining to Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visas (subclass 489). If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations.

Subclass Occupation ID Description Minimum points score Latest date of effect
189 2211 Accountants 95 5/09/2019  9:57pm
189 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 85 3/08/2018  11:37am
489 2334 Electronics Engineer 85 28/05/2019  12:12am
189 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 95 10/09/2019  10:53pm
189 2339 Other Engineering Professionals 95 27/08/2019  9:51am
489 2339 Other Engineering Professionals 85 3/06/2018  12:06am
189 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 85 8/07/2019  3:29am
489 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 90 23/08/2019  12:04pm
189 2613 Software and Applications Programmers 85 3/08/2019  3:22pm
489 2613 Software and Applications Programmers 85 5/07/2019  3:36pm
189 2631 Computer Network Professionals 85 10/07/2019  5:53am
489 2631 Computer Network Professionals 85 13/08/2019  2:44pm

Invitations issued during 2019-20 program year

Visa subclass Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 1,000 100 100 1,200
Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) 100 100 100 300
Total 1,200 200 200 1,500

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.