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Migration Program planning levels

The Migration Program is designed to achieve a range of economic and social outcomes. The Program is set annually, with the total places available capped at a ceiling of 160,000 for 2020-21. The Migration Program is comprised of the following streams:

  • Skill – designed to improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labour market, including those in regional Australia. In 2020-21, the Skill stream has 79,600 places allocated.
  • Family – is predominantly made up of Partner visas, enabling Australians to reunite with family members from overseas, and provide them with pathways to citizenship (77,300 places in 2020-21).
  • Special Eligibility – this covers visas for those in special circumstances. This can include permanent residents returning to Australia after a period away, and is the smallest stream (100 places in 2020-21).
  • At least 3,000 Child places will be available in 2020-21.
2020-21 Migration program planning levels
Stream and Category2020-21
Skill stream
Employer Sponsored22,000
Skilled Independent6,500
Regional 11,200
State/Territory Nominated11,200
Business Innovation & Investment program13,500
Global Talent
Distinguished Talent
Skill Total 79,600
Family Stream
Other Family500
Family Total 77,300
Special Eligibility 100
Child (estimate; not subject to a ceiling)3,000
Total 160,000

Program size and composition

The size and composition of the Migration Program is set each year through the Australian Government’s Budget process. It is developed following broad public consultations with State and Territory governments, business and community groups and the wider public. Community views, economic and labour force forecasts, international research, net overseas migration and economic and fiscal modelling are all taken into account when planning the Program each year.

State and Territory nominated visa categories –
2020-21 nomination allocations

Under the 2020-21 Migration Program settings, nomination allocations are made available to States and Territories in the following visa categories:

  • Skilled – Nominated (subclass 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 regarding State and Territory nomination requirements can be found at:

Following consultation with States and Territories, the following nomination levels have been allocated for 2020-21:

State and Territory nominated visa allocations
StateSkilled Nominated (Subclass 190) VisaSkilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visaBusiness Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)
Total 12,452 10,281 6,860