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Top 20 Occupations in the Priority Occupation List

(For 2020-21 Financial Year)

Migration Ceiling

With the COVID numbers dropping and the announcement of the Priority Occupation list earlier in September, near future Migration is falling under a pattern. Also, the Government has set Migration Allocation quotas for different subclasses. Following is the Invitation updates as of now:

Invitation Round

Priority Occupation List

In September, Acting Minister for Immigration Alan Tudge has announced a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) of 18 occupations that will be able to enter Australia to assist in the country's COVID recovery. Which includes mostly Health-related Occupations and Social Worker.

Find the full Priority Occupation List:

Social Worker
A Bachelor's or, Master's of Social Work could be your first stepping stone as a career to become a Social Worker.
You can take up a Social Work Course all across Australia.
Please note that the Master of Social Work has a prerequisite which entails that you have completed 2 Sociology related subjects in your previous study. If you are currently studying for a Bache9

Nursing Occupations

Nursing is the most in-demand Occupation in Australia now with the highest number of Invitations. 

(If you are a Registered Nurse back at home, you may have a pathway to transfer your overseas accreditation.)

Find out Nursing course options all across Australia.

To make a decision before enrolling in a course, it is advisable to consider the state-specific Occupation list. For example, there has been an update on the Nursing Skills assessment for Victoria State Sponsor

Read more:

There are State-specific updates on our News section. To know more, please check here:

Medical Laboratory Scientists

Medical Laboratory Scientists have the received second-highest number of Invitations after Nursing in the 2020-21 financial Year. 

If you are considering stepping into the highly in-demand Health Industry, you may consider a Nursing Course. 

After Nursing, Medical Laboratory Scientists received the second-highest number of Invitations with 242 Invitations. There are only 2 accredited Master of Laboratory Medicine courses in Australia. Check your options below:

Early-Childhood Education

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers and Secondary School Teachers are both in the Top 20 In-Demand Occupations in Australia currently.
You can start your career with a 1 Year Graduate Diploma of Early-Childhood Education course with School having good industry connection with Regional Victoria's Childcare Centres:

Migration Planning Level

The Migration program ceiling and quota have been published for the 2020-2021 financial year.

The total places available are capped at a ceiling of 160,000 for 2020-21 which is exactly the same as was the year before (2019-2020 financial year).

Major changes include

  • Increase in Global Talent Visa allocation

  • Increase in Partner Visa Allocation

  • State and Regional Sponsor is more than double compared to a skilled independent Visa

Read more:

Top Occupations as per Occupation Ceilings
​​​​​​​​An 'occupation ceiling' may be applied to invitations issued under the independent, skilled regional (provisional) visas. This means there will be a limit on how many EOIs can be invited for skilled migration from an occupation group.

Nursing_Victoria State Sponsor

Our client Richelle received an invitation earlier this year with 65 Points for a Registered Nurse (Victoria State Sponsor)

Engineering Invitation

Our client Quinn Nguyen received an invitation earlier this year with 90 Points for Civil Engineering Occupation.

PR Grant

PR Visa Granted (subclass 189)

TSS_Employer sponsor Visa

Employer Sponsor (Temporary Skill Shortage Visa)

Migration Ceiling

In line with the Priority Occupation list to build resilience in the Australian economy and COVID recovery, Registered Nurse holds the top spot with 'Secondary School Teacher' as the distant second.

Along with  Nursing, Health, and Teaching, there are astounding 7 Trade-related Occupations in the top 20.

Trade Occupations
Trade continues to be a highly in-demand sector in the Australian Job Market, never more than today where the Economic recovery is at the forefront of the Government's plan. 

The Australian Government is delivering a record $1.5 manufacturing Investment to create more jobs. This will allow Australian Manufacturers and Trade sectors to scale up, compete internationally, and create more jobs. 


  • Investment of $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI),

  • $52.8 million expansion of the Manufacturing Modernization Fund

  • $107.2 million Supply Chain Resilience Initiative.

  • $50 million will be invested in the Industry Growth Centers initiative to support projects in the priority areas out until the end of June 2022.

Trade  Occupations ​​remain a highly in-demand sector in the Australian Job Market. If you prefer to get accredited and qualify for these jobs, there are certain courses that may help attain the qualifications. Following are a few of many:

To know more about Trade courses, Book a Free Consultation with our Team:

ICT and Engineering Occupations
Along with Nursing, Health-related occupations, Chef, Teaching, Social Work,11 Trade occupations remain n the top 50 Occupations as per ceiling Level with 8 Engineering and ICT occupations making it to the Top 50. 14 Engineering and ICT related occupations remain as in-demand occupations as per Occupation Ceiling.

Certain Engineering occupations received an Invitation with 90 Points with an approximate waiting time of 8 Months. It is important for the Temporary Graduate Visa (TR 485) Visa holders to take the Professional Year Program Course to maximize their points as much as possible. 

Following is the number of Invitations issued for Engineering Occupations on this financial Year up till the October 2020 invitation Round for subclass 189 and subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional Visa).

Engineering Occupation List
Engineering and IT Students

The following are the Professional Year providers, across Australia. If you apply for a Professional Year Program through RACC, you may be eligible to get a Scholarship. We can also help you to choose the right Institute as per your preference:

Professional Year Australia

It is advisable to start the Professional Year Program, early on your Temporary Graduate Visa (TR 485) given the duration of the waiting period.

Learn more about Professional Year here:

  • Canberra is the Only State where Professional Year is counted towards 1 Year of Study

  • At Canberra, Professional Year will not give you 5 points for completing it but will give you 5 points for studying 1 year in Canberra

  • This would be a good option if you want to keep your Independent visa (subclass 189) option open and also for state Nomination (Subclass 190).

Canberra Matrix is a different Point system​ than that of the Skilled Migration Points

Canberra has the highest number of Invitations in 2021 with invitations starting from 60 points. 
Read on the latest Invitation Round for Canberra Matrix:

Chef continues to be among one of the most in-demand occupations in Australia and continues to be in demand for most of the States as well.
Canberra State and Regional Sponsor invited Chefs with 65 points this year on February 2021.

State Nomination and Regional Migration

Different states across Australia have different State and Regional Migration Nomination criteria. You can talk to our Registered Migration Agents (MARN1572961, MARN1172003) to plan your PR pathway the right way.


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In-demand Courses All across Australia


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