The total permanent migration programme outcome for 2015–16 was 189,770 places within the planning level of 190,000. There are numerous pathways at exists, and whether you qualify for Australia Skilled visas will depend on factors such as:
- your age
- your qualifications
- work experience, and
- English language ability
When SkillSelect was introduced in July 2012, modifications were made to the Skilled Migration program to help regulate the inflow of skilled migrants in order to avoid market saturation in certain fields.
Each year the Minister for Immigration sets a limit on the number of skilled migrants allowed per year, called an occupation ceiling.
Occupation ceilings are adjusted on a monthly basis and the annual migration calendar runs from the 1st of July to the 30th of June.
If your occupation ceiling has already been reached for that year, the best thing to do is to make sure you maximise your points score, and then wait for the occupation ceiling to be reset. You might be able to gain extra points by improving your English language ability.