As is normally the case, there were several announcements associated with the migration program contained in the Federal Budget. These are summarised as follows:


Migration Numbers

The planning levels for the migration program will rise to 160,000 in 2022-23. To provide some context, the planned growth is expected to increase from -89,000 in 2020-21 to 41,000 in 2021-22, then 180,000 in 2022-23, before increasing to 213,000 people in 2024-25.


Planning Levels Relating to Specific Streams

  1. Skilled Stream

This stream will account for 70% of the available places, in line with the government’s priority to use the migration program to support economic recovery.

The division of places is as follows:

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


  1. B) Family Stream

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

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


Humanitarian Program

There are no plans to increase the Humanitarian Program which will remain at 13,750 places in 2022-23. Several programs involving refugees from Afghanistan, Ukraine and Myanmar will be implemented.



Specific Visa Programs

Global Talent Attraction

The Government has allocated $19.5 million over 2 years from 2022‑23 to continue the Global Business, Talent and Investment Taskforce, as the renamed Global Australia Taskforce, to attract talented individuals and international investment to Australia, under the Global Talent stream.


Skilling Australians Fund Allocation

$127 million has been allocated from the this Fund for training for occupations in high demand that rely on skilled migration, future growth industries, rural and regional areas, and with a strong focus on apprenticeships and traineeships.


Work and Holiday

WHM places will increase by 11,000 (30%) in 2022-23. WHM 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

In December 2021, the Australian Government announced that it would allocate $87.2 million over four years from 2021-22 to support the Australian Agriculture Visa. The Department of Regional Development will receive $15 million for operational staff over four years through to 2024-25. This is designed to increase deterrence and enforcement activities with the aim of combatting worker exploitation, and reduce rates of non-compliance under the scheme.


Temporary Visa Holders Experiencing Violence Pilot Program

The Temporary Visa Holders experiencing violence pilot program 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. Up to $3,000 per person/family to cover expenses such as accommodation and medical care may be provided. This funding included $7 million over two years for nine Women’s and Community Legal Services nationally, to assist women accessing legal and migration support, with the remaining funding used for an evaluation.

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