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Federal Budget 2022-2023 & What It Means for the Migration Program

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.

Skilled Visa Streams

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

Visa Stream 2022-23 2021-22
Employer sponsored 30,000 22,000
Skilled Independent 16,652 6,500
State and Territory Nominated 20,000 11,200
Regional visas 25,000 11,200
Business and Innovation and Investment 9,500 13,500
Global Talent 8,488 15,000
Distinguished Talent 300 200
Total 109,900 79,600

Family Streams

Family visas will be allocated the remaining 30% of places within the program.

Family Stream Planning Levels

Visa Stream 2022-23 2021-22
Partner 40,500 72,300
Parent 6,000 4,500
Other family 500 500
Family Total 47,000 77,300
Special Eligibility 100 100
Child (estimate, not subject to ceiling) 3,000 3,000

Global Talent Attraction

The Government will provide $19.5 million over two years from 2022-23 to attract talented individuals and international investment to Australia.

Work and Holiday Visas

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.

Australian Agricultural Visas

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.

Temporary Visa Holders Experiencing Violence Pilot

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.


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Published Thu 31 March 2022.


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