Skilled visa pass mark increases to 65 points

 Pool and pass mark will increase to 65 for the following three subclasses where an application is made on or after 1 July 2018 in response to an invitation given on or after 1 July 2018: 
Transitional provisions 
For visa applications made on or after 1 July 2018 in response to an invitation given on or after 1 July 2018 the pool and pass mark will be 65
For visa applications made before 1 July 2018 in response to an invitation given prior to 1 July 2018 the pool and pass mark remains at 60
 

Even though the cut off points for 189 applicants likely need higher (75 or more in most cases), where an applicant is state nominated 190 visa they will receive an invitation as soon as they are approved for state support and their points are at least 65. Where an applicant was aiming for 60 with 5 for state nomination, they may need to look at the state nominated 489, which offers 10 points for state support.