The 2022-23 Migration Program and planning levels were released as part of the recent Federal Budget announcements.
The Program will have a planning level of 160,000 places commencing 1st July 2022 comprising of:
- Skill (109,900 places): designed to improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill-shortages in the labour market, including those in regional Australia.
- Family (50,000 places): predominantly made up of Partner visas, enabling Australians to reunite with family members from overseas and provide pathways to citizenship.
- Partner visas will be granted on a demand-driven basis to facilitate family reunification, helping to reduce the pipeline and processing times for many.
- Special Eligibility (100 places): covers visas for those in special circumstances, including permanent residents returning to Australia after a period overseas.
*Planning levels are estimates as they are demand-driven and not subject to a ceiling.
**Both Child and Partner visa categories are counted towards the total Family stream in 2022-23, whereas in 2021-22 this stream did not include the Child category.
The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs is able to redistribute places between Skill stream visa categories on an ongoing basis to respond to changing economic conditions as they occur.
2022-23 State and Territory nominated visa category allocations are yet to be released. States and Territories each assess eligible applicants against criteria unique to their jurisdiction.
States and Territories nomination levels for 2021-22 were allocated as follows:
Footnotes available upon request.