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Australian Migration Program Planning Levels
2024-25


Publish Date: 15/05/2024

Announcement Date: 14 May 2024

2024-25 Permanent Migration Program: Set at 185,000 places

Migration Program planning levels as announced as part of the 2023-24 and 2024-25 Federal Budgets

Visa Stream Visa Category 2023-24 Planning levels 2024-25 Planning levels
Skill Employer-Sponsored 36,825 44,000
Skilled Independent 30,375 16,900
Regional 32,300 33,000
State/Territory Nominated 30,400 33,000
Business Innovation & Investment 1,900 1,000
Global Talent (Independent) 5,000 4,000
Distinguished Talent 300 300
Skill Total 137,100 132,200
Family Partner1 40,500 40,500
Parent 8,500 8,500
Child13,000 3,000
Other Family 500 500
Family Total 52,500 52,500
Special Eligibility 400 300
Total Migration Program 190,000 185,000

Objectives

  • Address skill shortages in priority sectors
  • Prioritize regional visa processing
  • Strengthen family and community bonds
  • Boost labor force and participation rates

Program Composition

Skill Stream: 132,200 places (71% of the program)

Enhance economic productivity and fill labor market gaps, especially in regional areas

Family Stream: 52,500 places (28% of the program)

Primarily Partner visas (40,500), Child visas (3,000)

Special Eligibility Stream: 300 places

For those in special circumstances, including returning permanent residents

Employer-Sponsored Visa Category

  • Increase from 36,825 to 44,000 visas
  • Expanded pathway to permanent residence

State/Territory Nominated Visa Category

  • Increased to 33,000 visas
  • Supports regional economic and labour needs

Skilled Independent Visa Category

  • 16,900 places (reduced from 30,375)
  • Still above pre-COVID levels

Skilled Independent Visa Category

  • 16,900 places (reduced from 30,375)
  • Still above pre-COVID levels

Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

  • Reduced from 1,900 to 1,000 visas
  • BIIP to be closed in July 2024
  • New National Innovation visa to replace BIIP

Global Talent Visa Category

  • Slightly reduced to 4,000 visas
  • Transitioning to a National Innovation visa

Family Stream

  • Maintained at current levels
  • Partner visa is demand-driven for flexibility and reduced processing times
  • Parent visa at 8,500 places, Other Family visas at 500 places
  • Child visa remains demand-driven at 3,000 places

Multi-Year Planning Model

  • Starting 2025-26, moving to a four-year planning cycle.
  • Aligns migration planning with long-term infrastructure, housing, and service’s needs.
  • Public consultation to begin for the first cycle (2025-26 to 2028-29) later this year.

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