The Australian Migration program of 2022-23 focuses on boosting the country’s economic conditions. It aims to restore and recover the economy and social cohesion in the post-pandemic environment. The plan will cover 160,000 places in its planning levels with the composition as follows:
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The skills stream covers 109,000 places to boost the economy’s productive capacity and fill skill gaps in the labour market and regional Australian areas.
Under this stream, partner visas dominate the scenario (50,000 places). It enables Australians to reunite with their overseas family and offers them a citizenship path.
About 100 places are in this stream that covers visas for individuals in special circumstances. It also includes permanent residents of Australia returning post some time overseas.
The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs is responsible for redistributing places between Skill stream visa categories, continuously responding to the country’s changing economic conditions.
Size and Composition of the Australian migration program
Along with the Australian Government’s budgeting, the Migration Program’s size and composition get set annually. The Department of Home Affairs conducted consultations with the state and territory governments, academia and industry representatives, unions, and community organizations in November and December of 2021. They informed about the planning levels and policy settings to the respective authorities.
Moreover, the Department invited the public to participate in the Migration program planning process for 2022-23 through submissions. The factors taken into play for this program include:
- Public Submissions
- Economic and labor force forecasts
- International Research
- Net Overseas Migration
- Economic and Fiscal Modeling
2022-23 Nomination Allocations – State And Territory Nominated Visa Categories
The 2022-23 Migration Program settings involve giving nomination allocations 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)
Every state and region considers eligible applications according to the unique criteria set for their requirements. Further, you can find state and territory nomination requirements as follows:
- ACT– ACT Nomination and Business Migration Guidelines for Skilled Visa
- NSW- For Visas and Immigration
- QLD- For Business and Skilled Migration Queensland
- WA- Business or Skilled Migration to Western Australia (BIIP) (190 and 491 Visa)
- VIC- Living in Melbourne
- TAS- Migrating to Tasmania
- SA- Moving to South Australia
- NT- Visa Nomination Eligibility for Northern Territory
The state and territory nominated visa allocations for 2022-23 are as follows:
|State||Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)||Skilled Work Regional Visa (Subclass 491)||Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIPP)|
Insights into Previous Year Australian Visas
The financial year 2019-20 saw several changes in the migration program. While the government announced the Skilled Work Regional Visa (provisional subclass 491), the coronavirus also impacted migration planning policies.
The timeline for the previous year’s policies went like this-
- November 15, 2019
The Skilled Regional Provisional Visa SC 489 gets cessation.
- November 16, 2019
- Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa Sub Class 494
- Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Provisional Visa SC 494
- Modifications in the point test for General Skilled Migration Visa
- March 20, 2020
International borders are closed for all non-citizens and non-residents.
- Migration Program Planning Level Skilled
The total available places for skilled visas in the financial year 2019-20 was 108,682. It was around 69.5% of the complete migration program for the 2020 fiscal year. The purpose was to improve economic productivity and fill the labour market gaps.
- Independent Skilled
The skilled independent visas allocated by the government were 16,652 places. However, since the pandemic occurred, applicants receiving a skilled independent visa were pretty low. The number of invitations actually issued in 20202 was 9500. Due to the travel restrictions, the intake number declined drastically.
- State and Territory Nominations
The 2019-20 migration program had 24,968 places allocated for states and territories. However, the applications sent for invitation were less than the predicted figure, coming out to 21,184 applicants.
- ACT accomplished the migration planning levels for all visa categories.
- NSW reached the migration planning level for 190 subclass visa, but the invited applicants’ number for 489/490 visas was only 1671.
- Similarly, QLD reached 190 subclass visa applications planned, but the 489/490 visa only got 1090 applicants.
Thus, the numbers were lower for each state and territory owing to the pandemic and other factors.
- Minimum Points Score
The minimum points score table saw an increase after the November-December period. It went from 80-85 to 90-95 with the introduction of the new point test on November 16, 2019.
The Migration Program Planning undergoes several levels to ensure the best response to the current holistic conditions. Ultimately, the country aims to restore its economy and boost productivity.