There were no real surprises and very few immigration related announcements in this years’ Budget other than the 2022-2023 Migration Planning Levels.
The Migration Program planning levels for 2022-2023 will be 160,000 for which the Skilled stream visas will account for 70% of the program.
The Net Overseas Migration (NOM) forecast is expected to see an increase from -89,000 in 2020-2021 to 41,00 in 2021-2022 and then 180,000 in 2022-2023 before increasing to 213,000 people in 2024-2025.
The Australian government will be redistributing places from the partner program to skilled stream visas in recognition of the sharp fall in the number of on-hand Partner visa applications and the need for further support towards economic recovery.
As mentioned, the Skilled stream visas will account for 70% of the program with a total of 109,900 places. This is an approximate increase of 30,000 places over the 2021-22 program with around 10,000 places being redistributed from the partner program.
Skilled Stream Planning levels
|State and Territory Nominated||20,000||11,200|
|Business and Innovation and Investment||9,500||13,500|
Family visas will be allocated the remaining 30% of places within the program.
Family Stream Planning Levels
|Child (estimate, not subject to ceiling)||3,000||3,000|
The Government will provide $19.5 million over two years from 2022-23 to attract talented individuals and international investment to Australia.
Working Holiday visa places will increase by 11,000 (30%) in 2022-23. As announced previously, working holiday visa holders who arrive in Australia between 19 January 2022 and 19 April 2022 will be eligible for a refunded Visa Application Charge.
The Department of Regional Development will receive $15 million for operational staff over four years through to 2024-25 to fund an increase in deterrence and enforcement activities aimed to combat worker exploitation and minimise rates of non-compliance under the scheme.
The Temporary Visa Holders experiencing violence pilot is funded by the Department of Social Services and has been provided $20.3 million in funding to provide direct support to women on temporary visas experiencing violence.