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Migration Strategy

​​​​​​​​​​​The Migration Strategy​

The Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Clare O’Neil MP, has released for discussion A Migration System for a More Prosperous and Secure Australia - Outline of the Government’s Migration Strategy (the Outline). ​The Minister released her Outline during her speech to the National Press Club on 27 April 2023.​

The Outline is informed by the Migration Review and stakeholder consultation. It articulates the government’s proposed policy shifts needed to reform our migration system.

The Outline focuses on the new design of the migration system and critical policy shifts proposed to the skilled migration system and adjacent programs e.g. the international student program. It is not an exhaustive list of all skilled migration policy changes we will consider in the context of the Migration Strategy.

Next steps

During May and June 2023, we will consult State and Territory governments and key stakeholders – unions, business groups, and civil society – on the outline of the Strategy and these critical policy shifts. The Government plans to release the final Migration Strategy later in 2023.​​​

Visa program information

Family program - Parent visas

The Government recognises the need for reform of the family program. We will address these reforms through a separate package of measures.

Skilled program - Points test

As part of the Strategy’s development, we will look to reform the points test to better identify the migrants with the skills and attributes needed to contribute to Australia’s future security and prosperity. We will fully consider the impacts of any proposed changes and communicate these clearly to stakeholders. ​​

New Zealand citizens

The Government has recently announced a direct pathway to Australian Citizenship for New Zealand citizens.

Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) and Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) holders

The Government has recently announced a permanent visa pathway for existing Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) and Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) holders.