2023-24 Migration Program

On 9 May 2023, the Australian Government announced that the planning level for the 2023-24 permanent Migration Program will be set at 190,000 places.

The Government has designed the 2023-24 permanent Migration Program to address persistent and emerging skills shortages and to attract people with specialist skillsets that are difficult to find or develop in Australia.

The 2023-24 permanent Migration Program has the following composition:

  • Skill stream (137,100 places, approximately 72% of the program) – This stream has been designed to​ improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labour market, including those in regional Australia.
  • Family stream (52,500 places, approximately 28% of the program) – this stream is predominantly made up of Partner visas, enabling Australians to reunite with family members from overseas and provide them with pathways to citizenship. Of this stream:
    • 40,500 Partner visas are estimated for 2023-24 for planning purposes, noting this category is demand driven and not subject to a ceiling.
    • 3,000 Child visas are estimated for 2023-24 for planning purposes, noting this category is demand driven and not subject to a ceiling.
  • Special Eligibility stream (400 places) – this stream covers visas for those in special circumstances, including permanent residents returning to Australia after a period overseas.
​Visa Stream Visa Category 2022-23 Planning levels 2023-24 Planning levels
Skill Employer Sponsored 35,000 36,825
Skilled Independent 32,100 30,375
Regional 34,000 32,300
State/Territory Nominated 31,000 30,400
Business Innovation & Investment 5,000 1,900
Global Talent (Independent) 5,000 5,000
Distinguished Talent 300 300
Skill Total 142,400 137,100
Family Partner1​ 40,500 40,500
Parent 8,500 8,500
Child1​ 3,000 3,000
Other Family 500 500
Family Total 52,500 52,500
Special Eligibility 100 400
Total Migration Program 195,000 190,000

Skilled Independent visa category

The 2023-24 permanent Migration Program has allocated 30,375 places for Skilled Independent visas. This is comparable to the 2022-23 program allocation of 32,100 places.

Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) visa category

The Government has reduced the planning level for the BIIP from 5,000 visas in 2022-23 to 1,900 visas for the 2023-24 permanent Migration Program.

Global Talent visa category

The 2023-24 permanent Migration Program has maintained 5,000 places for the Global Talent Visa (GTV) Program

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/migration-program-planning-levels