Total number of EOIs in submitted status (skilled independent visa 189 subclass) as of 12 April 2020 for occupation 261111 ICT Business Analyst

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

Could I please get the total number of EOIs in submitted status for skilled independent visa subclass 189 as of 12 April 2020 for occupation[Phone Number Automatically Hidden] ICT Business Analyst with Points between 80-95.

Yours faithfully,
Raman

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FOI Request: FA 20/05/00886
File Number: OBJ2020/16861

Dear Raman

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request
I refer to your correspondence received on 21 May 2020 seeking access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

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The total number of EOIs in submitted status for skilled independent visa subclass 189 as of 12 April 2020 for occupation 261111 ICT Business Analyst with Points between 80-95..

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OFFICIAL

01 August 2020

 

 

Dear Raman,

 

 

Freedom of Information (FOI) request - Access Decision

I refer to the following requests for access to documents under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act), received by the Department
of Home Affairs (the Department).

 

Could I please get the total number of EOIs in submitted status for
skilled independent visa subclass 189 as of 12 April 2020 for occupation
261111 ICT Business Analyst with Points between 80-95

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As you may be aware, earlier this year the Department launched a dashboard
on its SkillSelect website to provide visa Expression of Interest (EOI)
statistics.  The Department has undertaken a review of the SkillSelect
Dashboard to ensure that there is no reasonable chance of an individual
being re-identified from the EOI statistics. 

The dashboard is now available again and can be accessed via the
Department’s SkillSelect [1]web page and comprises a comprehensive library
of historic and current statistics in relation to Expressions of Interest
(EOIs).  The dashboard is a one-stop shop for SkillSelect EOI statistics
and is freely available on demand, without any need to formally request
the statistics and wait for such a request to be processed. Bypassing the
FOI process will significantly reduce delays in obtaining the same
information as has previously been provided in response to FOI requests.

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