Migration Program Planning levels - Australia


The 2022-23 Migration Program has been designed to boost Australia’s economic recovery and drive social cohesion outcomes in the post-pandemic environment. The 2022-23 Migration Program will have a planning level of 160,000 places with the following composition:

1- Skilled Immigration Quota

This is designed to improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labor market, including those in regional Australia. The majority of the places in the program are in the Skill stream of 109,900.

Compared with last year, the 8,000 quotas have been increased for the employer-sponsored stream. An increase of almost 10,000 seats can also be seen for the skilled independent stream. The same trend is true for the regional stream (an increase of 3,800). The quota for State/Territory Nominated has also been increased to 20,000.

2- Family Immigration Stream

This stream is predominately made up of Partner visas, enabling Australians to reunite with family members from overseas and provide them with pathways to citizenship. For 2022 and 2023 there have been set aside 50,000 places. Last year’s quota for this category was 77,300. An immense decrease has been announced for the partner stream which was 72,300 and now 40,500. The quota for the parent stream is increased from 4,500 to 6,000. No change in quota has been announced for children and other family category.

3- Special Eligibility Stream

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. Whereas at least 3,000 Child places will be available in 2022-2023.

Migration Program planning levels as announced as part of the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Federal Budgets

Visa Stream Visa Category 2021-22 2022-23
Skill Employer Sponsored 22,000 30,000
Skilled Independent 6,500 16,652
Regional 11,200 25,000
State/Territory Nominated 11,200 20,000
Business Innovation & Investment 13,500 9,500
Global Talent (Independent) 15,000 8,448
Distinguished Talent 200 300
Skill Total 79,600 109,900
Family Partner* (Demand driven: estimate, not to a ceiling) 72,300 40,500
Parent 4,500 6,000
Child* (Demand driven:estimate, not subject to a ceiling) 3,000 3,000
Other Family 500 500
Family Total 77,300* 50,000
Special Eigibilty** 100 100
Total Migration Program 1,60,000 1,60,000

Program size and 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, the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) consulted widely with state and territory governments, representatives of academia, industry, unions and community organization between November and December 2021.

The Department also invited public submissions as part of the 2022-23 Migration Program planning process.Public submissions, economic and labour force forecasts, international research, net overseas migration and economic and fiscal modelling are all taken into account when planning the program.

State and Territory nominated visa allocations :​​​

State Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)
ACT 600 1,400 30
NSW 4,000 3,640 2,200
VIC 3,500 750 1,750
QLD 1,180 950 1,400
NT 500 700 75
WA 2,100 1,090 360
SA 2,600 3,330 1,000
TAS 1,100 2,200 45
Total 15,580 14,060 6,860





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