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Australia:SkillSelect July 2021 Invitation Round

SkillSelect July 2021 Invitation round and State and Territories Roundup

SkillSelect July 2021 Invitation round

The Department has released information about the 26 July 2021 SkillSelect invitation round.

  • 500 x Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) invitations were issued 500
  • 250 x Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491)Family Sponsored invitations were issued

Minimum points

  • Skilled Independent Subclass 189 – 80 points
  • Skilled Work Regional Subclass 491Family Sponsored – 65 points

These figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa or BIIP subclasses.

What scores did applicants need in the July 2021 round?

  • For subclass 189 – in July the lowest score anyone required was 80 (that includes occupations in most need in Australia such as nurses, doctors, allied health, engineers and veterinarians and social workers).
  • For subclass 491 – Family – Most occupations required 65 points – that includes 15 points provided by family for these visas.
  • Accountants, External Auditors, and IT for 189 and 491 Family simply stated NA. That may mean that none of these occupations were invited.

How long did applicants wait from EOI date of effect to invitation?

  • 189 – 2 years
  • 491 – 4 months

When is the next invitation round?

The department have announced they will continue to run quarterly rounds in the 2021-2022 year. That means next round will be expected in October 2021.

State and Territories Roundup

New South Wales

NSW nominations for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 will now be by invitation only. A new nomination application process has been implemented.

Submission windows for the 2021-22 financial year are the months of August, October, January and March. You can only register your interest once during a submission window.

NSW will prioritise registrations of interest for stream 1 only where the applicant’s visa is expiring. Priority will be based on visa expiry date and with visas that are expiring within three months of the submission window opening.

NSW will select and invite candidates to apply to a Regional Development Australia (RDA) office during a submission window and up to seven days after a submission window closes.

There are three nomination streams the 2021-22 financial year:

  • Stream 1 — Living and working in Regional NSW
  • Stream 2 — Recently completed study in Regional NSW
  • Stream 3 — Skilled in an occupation required in Regional NSW

Preference is given to migrants registering their interest under stream 1.

Western Australia

WA BIIP State Nominations for 2020-21 opened on 4 August 2021 for the following visa categories:

  • 188A – Business Innovation
  • 188B – Investor
  • 188C – Significant Investor


Tasmania’s 2021-22 Skilled Migration Program has opened. There have been only minimal changes from the previous year including:

  • Tasmanian Graduates (Category 1) do not require employment to be nominated.
  • Working in Tasmania (Category2) will require an occupation on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List, a skills assessment and only a minimum of three months work in a related positon to be eligible for SC 491 nomination.

Migration Tasmania’s nomination priorities are:

  • Candidates with an employment and a skills assessment related to critical roles* (generally health, allied health, infrastructure engineering).
  • Candidates with an employment and skills assessment related to the Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List.
  • Candidates in other skilled employment (ANZSCO Skill Level 1-3) with a related skills assessment.
  • New business owners providing substantial employment opportunities for local Australian citizens, permanent residents or provisional visa holders.

All other eligible candidates with skills or training relevant to the needs of Tasmania and who are able to make a genuine contribution to Tasmania through skilled employment.

Australian Capital Territory

The last Canberra Matrix invitation round was held on 4 August 2021. The next invitation round will be held before 12 August 2021.

Invitations included:

SC 190 nomination: 22 invitations

SC 190 minimum Matrix score: 90 (accountants: 110)

SC 491 nomination: 69 invitations

SC 491 minimum Matrix score: 65 (accountants: 95)

Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders

SC 190 nomination: 8 invitations

SC 491 nomination: 0 invitations

Matrix nominating Small Business Owners

SC 190 nominations: 0 invitations

SC 491 nominations: 2 invitation

SC 491 minimum Matrix score: 65

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