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Migration Program planning levels

​​​​​​​​​​​2022-23 Migration Program

On 2 September 2022, the Australian Government announced that the planning level for the 2022-23 permanent Migration Program will increase to 195,000 places. The Government announced a detailed composition of the Migration Program as part of the Budget delivered on 25 October 2022.​

The 2022-23 Migration Program will help ease critical workforce shortages where the skilling of Australians can not yet keep pace with industry demand. The Migration Program will have a planning level of 195,000 visa places. The Program has the following composition:

  • Skill (142,400 places) – this stream is designed to improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labour market, including those in regional Australia.
  • Family (52,500 places) ​– this stream is predominantly made up of Partner visas, enabling Australians to reunite with family members from overseas and provide them with pathways to citizenship.
    • From 2022-23, Partner visas will be granted on a demand driven basis to facilitate family reunification. This will help reduce the Partner visa pipeline and processing times for many applicants.
    • 40,500 Partner visas are estimated for 2022-23 for planning purposes, noting this estimate is not subject to a ceiling.
    • 3,000 Child visas are estimated for 2022-23 for planning purposes, noting this category is demand driven and not subject to a ceiling.
  • Special Eligibility (100 places) – this stream covers visas for those in special circumstances, including permanent residents returning to Australia after a period overseas.​​
  • Migration Program planning levels as announced as part of the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Federal Budgets
    Visa Stream Visa Category 2021-22 Planning levels 2022-23 Planning levels
    Skill Employer Sponsored 22,000 35,000
    Skilled Independent 6,500 32,100​

    Regional 11,200 34,000
    State/Territory Nominated 11,200 31,000
    Business Innovation & Investment 13,500 5,000
    Global Talent (Independent) 15,000 5,000
    Distinguished Talent 200 300
    Skill Total 79,600 142,400
    Family Partner1 72,300 40,500
    Parent 4,500 8,500
    Child1 3,000 3,000
    Other Family​ 500 500​
    ​​ Family Total 80,300 52,500
    Special Eligibility 100 100
    Total Migration Program 160,000 195,000
    1 For 2022-23, delivery of the Partner and Child visa categories are demand driven, with indicative planning levels only.

    ​Program size an​d composition

    The size and composition of the Migration Program is set each year alongside the Australian Government’s Budget process.

    To inform the planning levels and policy settings of the 2022-23 Migration Program, consultation occurred widely with state and territory governments, representatives of academia, industry, unions and community organisations.

    When planning the Migration Program, the Australian Government considers​ the following:

    • Public submissions
    • Economic and labour force forecasts
    • International research
    • Net overseas migration, and
    • Economic and fiscal modelling.

    For further information on the 2022-23 Migration Program, please see our Frequently Asked Questions​.​

    The Department also invites public submissions as part of the planning process for future Migration Programs. Submissions to inform the 2023-24 Migration Program have now closed. For more information, see Australia's 2023-24​ Migration Program

    State and territory nominated visa categories – ​2022-23 nomination allocations

    ​​Under the 2022-23 ​Migration Program settings, nomination allocations are made available to States and Territories in the following visa categories:

    • ​​​Skilled – Nominated (sub​class 190)
    • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491)
    • Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

    States and Territories each assess eligible applicants against criteria unique to their jurisdiction.

    Further information on State and Territory nomination requirements can be found at:

2022-23 State and Territory nomination allocations
State Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)
ACT

2,025

2,025

10

NSW

9,108

6,168

260

NT

600

1,400

15

QLD

3,000

2,000

235

SA

2,700

5,300

70

TAS

2,000

2,250

10

VIC

11,500

3,400

170

WA

5,350

2,790

40

Total

36,283

25,333

810

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