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As the title has stated, MASSIVE numbers of applicants with 70+ score in the previous two rounds. I have been looking at these data.

Score distribution in June 2017 looks normal

https://www.border.gov.au/WorkinginAustralia/Pages/21-june-2017-round-results.aspx

but July 2017 ????

:(:(:(

Whats going on?

12 July 2017 round results
26 July 2017 round results
The pro-rata skills were closed in the June invite, so lower number of high scorers. Still there's useful information in there. It shows that there were roughly 85 invites at 70+ points. That exhausted those point queues, so represent the EOIs filed at that score for the two weeks prior.

Adding up the pro-rata invites for the July rounds gives 966 for each. It's easy to see why the problems are mounting for non-pro-rata. Although the allocation for some of the pro-rata is not getting used up, because they intersect with the EOIs of the non pro rata, they dwarf the non pro rata at this point total: a single skill has an allocation equivalent to the non pro rata skills added up at 70 points... current policy is not working. 95% of invites are going to a handful of skills: accountants, ITers and a couple of engineers. They were struggling to attract a spread of skills anyway; they've pretty much choked it off with the 1000 invites policy.
 
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