Last year several occupations reached their occupational ceilings early and it appears that this may occur again for the 2013/2014 year.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) have advised that invitations for certain occupational groups in the points-tested migration program will be issued on a pro-rata basis over the 2013/14 program year. They have advised that the states that at the current time they will not be able to nominate any applicants from these occupations for a 190 visa (whether this remains the case is uncertain?).
Occupations impacted by this policy change include:
ICT Business and Systems Analysts - 2611
Chemical and Materials Engineers - 2331
Electronics Engineers - 2334
Telecommunications Engineering Professionals - 2633
Other Engineering Professional - 2339
Software and Applications Programmers - 2613
DIAC have advised that the total of the occupational ceiling will remain the same but the pro-rata approach will mean that invitations will be staggered and issued to selected individuals over the course of 2013/14 in twice monthly occupation rounds.