Australian Migration Program 2022-2023

Australian Migration Program 2022-2023

While bloggers are doing “copy-paste” the quotas of the Australian migration program for 2022-2023 from the website of the Department in their articles, we have prepared some analytics for you and helpful information based on data provided by official sources within the last few years.

Let’s take a look what we can expect in the coming financial year, that might explain some changes to the migration program, what trends you have to pay attention to if you are planning to move to Australia.

1 In total allocated places for the migration program for the next financial year is the same as in the past two years – 160,000 visas.

I want to clarify that not all visas are capped by Department. Many temporary visas with no direct pathway to PR are not included in migration program and could be granted on demand. For example, student and tourist, graduation and guardian visas, temporary work visas 482, prospective marriage visas and many more.

2 The total number of places are the same, but there was a serious redistribution inside. As you know, there are 2 migration streams in Australia with a small number of “Special Eligibility” visas.

The migration program for 2022–2023 will be back to the “pre-pandemic” composition: approximately 2/3 of the skilled stream + 1/3 of the family stream.

Changes in Planning levels in general



Skilled stream108 68279 60079 600+38%109 900
Family stream47 73277 30077 300-40%47 000
Child3 3503 0003 00003 000
Special Eligibility2631001000153

Skilled stream. Within this stream, we also see significant changes

  1. The number of regional visas (491, 494, 191 + 887 and 187, which are still issued to eligible applicants) has more than doubled to encourage migrants to settle outside major capitals. The Government has earlier announced intention to develop regions with potential for growth.
  2. The number of state or territory nominated visas (190) will be significantly increased to give states / territories additional ability to respond quickly to shortages in the local job market.
  3. Emphasis is returning to independent skilled visas (189). Australia remains very interested in attracting highly qualified specialists. Probably, the experience of the last “covid” years has shown the effectiveness of careful selection of candidates.
  4. Employer-sponsored visas (186) will increase by a third to cover the lack of workforce. In addition, these permanent visas will be available for temporary working visa holders and workers under DAMA agreement program. It is important to note that the migration program is intended to complement, not replace, our domestic workforce or deprive Australians from reskill/upskill opportunities.

Skilled stream is 70% of migration program in Australia
+30,000 allocated places (+38%)

Visa stream2021-22Changes
Employer sponsored22 000+36%30 000
Skilled Independent6 500+155%16 652
State and Territory Nominated11 200+124%25 000
Business and Innovation and Investment13 500-30%9 500
Global Talent15 000-44%8 488
Distinguished Talent200+50%300
Total79 600+38%109 900
  • The biggest change in the pattern of migration to Australia in recent decades has been the rise of long-term temporary migration. As stated earlier, temporary migrants are not part of the migration program, but temporary migration is consistently becoming the first step in pathway of migration to Australia for many people.
  • Early in 2014, Scott Morrison (when he was Minister for Immigration) noted that the Skilled Migrant Temporary Visa Program allows to select migrants manually for permanent residence and choose applicants who have already demonstrated their ability to contribute to the Australian economy.
  • The growth of “two-stage” migration is evidenced by the change in the composition of permanent skilled migrants in Australia over the past ten years. The chart shows the number of permanent skilled visas issued each year since 2004-2005 to people who were abroad (offshore, outside of Australia) at the time of application, and to people who were in the country (onshore, in Australia on a temporary visa).
  • As you can see from the chart, the percentage of permanent skilled visas granted to people in Australia has grown significantly, from 37% in 2004-2005 to 70% in recent years.

What does this mean for you and me?

It makes sense to look more precisely at temporary visas, perhaps even those that do not / do not yet have a direct transition to a permanent visa, such as student, graduate, temporary work, temporary regional visas with a state nomination, and even tourist visa with properly prepared strategy.

Australian Migration Program 2022-2023

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Family Stream consists of 85% partner visas

  • Although the Migration Program focuses on skilled migration that will improve the economic situation in the country, the government remains committed to family reunification.
  • An interesting fact is that partner visas (820/801 and 309/100) in the coming year will be issued on demand, which means, the indicated quota is only an indicative number, but is not a ceiling.
  • The government is expecting that smaller quotas will reduce amount of application and make the processing time shorter. Potentially, this may indicate the upcoming introduction of new processing regime with sponsor approval prior of lodging visa application, as well as required English exam.
  • Parent visas (103, 804, 143, 864) will be increased by a third. Wthis could be due to the recognition of parents as immediate family members in October last year.
  • In addition, the government recognizes that skilled migrants are attracted to countries that offer family opportunities to reunite. Parents help young families, allow them to start working earlier after maternity leave, and also help them settle in Australia quickly. Thus, the development of parent visas stream has a positive effect on the quality of skilled stream applications and indirectly improves the Australian economy.
  • Officially, there is priority for “expensive” parental visas, which provide contribution in the amount of 43,600 AUD per adult applicant: these visas were granted 4 times more in 2020-2021 according to the Department report. To the opposite, more financially affordable visas processing time, considering the total number of applications, takes about 30 years.
  • Children’s visas usually also have no ceiling and are issued upon request. The specified quota is an indicative number.

Family stream is 30% of the entire migration program. Quote is reduced by 30,000 (-40%)

Visa stream 2021-22 Changes 2022-23
Partner 72 300 -44% 40 500
Parent 4 500 +33% 6 000
Other family 500 0 500
Child 3 000 0 3 000
Family Total 80 300 -40% 50 000

Humanitarian program remains unchanged in the short term

The program size will remain at 13,750 places in the year 2022-2023.
  • I have to highlight, that 13,750 places is not the goal of the Department, but it is the maximum number of visas that can be granted in a financial year. It means, once the number of visas granted reaches the set maximum, visas of that class can no longer be issued that year. The remaining visa applications are then “queued” for processing in the next year.
  • Australia will support the transition of Ukrainians to a temporary humanitarian visa (subclass 786) and will continue to work with international partners to meet global humanitarian needs, including Myanmar.
  • For Afghan citizens, the humanitarian program will provide an additional 16,500 places to be distributed evenly over the next four years.
  • Following the regional development policy, the government is committed to resettle 50% of humanitarian migrants in regional Australia.
  • By the way, humanitarian program visas are not included in the total figure of the Australian migration program, they are determined separately.

In conclusion, I would like to note that the number of places that the Department announces includes both places for main applicants (partner, skilled migrant, refugee, parent) and dependent applicants (spouses, children). For example, if partner with two children receives a visa, they take three places from the family stream. If the state gives an nomination to a skilled applicant and his family of 4, it counts as 5 places from the skilled stream.

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