Do you know that Skill-Select 2018 is more competitive & successful?

Posted by Sudhakar K on February 20, 2018

Do you know that Skill-Select 2018 is more competitive & successful?

The heart of Australia immigration system, the SkillSelect is more powerful this year. With several improvements taking place and many aspects that have already been improved, SkillSelect will be competitive and successful, especially for candidates representing the pro rata occupations.

According to the statistics, pro rata occupations such as Accountants, IT professionals, Engineers etc. have experienced an increase of 21% in the ceiling when compared the previous years. This also indicates that the demand for such occupations is at a higher level in Australia in 2018 and getting a PR is equally competitive for these occupants.

Have a look at how some of pro rata occupations have experience a change in 2018:


2016-17 2017-18 Change % Change
Accountants 2,500 4,785 2,285 91%
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 1,413 1,327 -86 -6%
Software and Applications Programmers 5,662 6,202 540 10%
ICT Business and Systems Analysts 1,482 1,574 92 6%
Computer Network Professionals 1,426 1,318 -108 -8%
Electronics Engineers 1,000 1,000 0 0%
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 1,539 2,178 639 42%
Other Engineering Professionals 1,000 1,000 0 0%
Total Pro Rata 16,022 19,384 3,362


Source: Acacia Immigration Australia

Taking an example, we can note that Accountants have a significant increase in invitations when compared to that of the past year. This is consistent with the demand and increase in its occupation ceiling.

Another improvement- more points are being claimed

Amazingly candidates are working on areas that are improving their points are resulting to faster Invitations. According to the sources, nearly 350 invitations were issued to candidates with 350 or more points in the beginning month of 2017. The number of invitations gradually increased to 900 by the month of October. Overall 525 people with 75 points were invited whereas only 115 with the same score were invited in 2016.

If you are wondering how candidates are being able to score higher points than before, you can count on the major reason as English Language Ability Requirements. Until previous years, claiming points for the English Language ability was difficult for many candidates. The option of appearing for Pearson Test of English Academic and showing attesting the score-card for Australia immigration has helped thousands of struggling candidates. PTE Academics has been an easier option for applications, where compared to the remaining language acceptance options- IELTS, TOEFL IBT, etc.

Another way many applicants are over-claiming their points is by creating multiple EOIs. As EOIs are free of cost and candidates may know their loopholes of low points, many candidates are attempting to create multiple EOIs and better their points. The EOI with the highest score always has a scope for quicker selection.

Equally, aspects like Australian study in streams of Accounting, IT or Engineering accounts to an additional score on the candidate’s profile. Including spouse skills assessment and meeting, language requirement can contribute to 5 more points. Similarly, you pass a NAATI Accreditation or Translator or Interpreter examination, additional points can be scored for this prerequisite.

Last but certainly not the least, applying for subclass 190 visa simultaneously will boost up your points to a higher level. This not only adds to the points but also gives you a quicker pathway by being nominated by any State of Australia that requires you the most.

This all indicates that SkillSelect has all that is required for a successful Australia PR this year. If you wish that your easy chance to migrate to Australia is not missed, consult our Australia immigration expert without any delay today!

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