Skilled migration is a hot topic at the moment, particularly since Victoria, the ACT and the NT have announced their Skilled Migration Program nomination allocations for 2022-23 in the last few days. These announcements came amid reports that the Australian Government was considering increasing its migration cap in 2022-23.

However, data from the Department of Home Affairs indicates that the number of places will remain the same in 2022-23. According to the Department, the number of migration places will stay at 160,000, with 109,900 Skill places and 50,000 Family places (compared to 79,600 Skill places and 77,300 Family places in the 2021-22 Program).

Here, we take a look at the visa allocations under Australia’s Migration Program 2022-23.

Family visas

The number of family visas has been significantly reduced for 2022-23, particularly in the Partner visa category. The Department has noted that “Partner visas will be granted on a demand-driven basis to facilitate family reunification. This will help reduce the Partner visa pipeline and processing times for many applicants.”

Skill visas

Many Skill visas – including Employer Sponsored, Skilled Independent and Regional visas – have increased in the number of places available, creating more opportunities for skilled workers to settle long-term in Australia.

State and territory nomination allocations

As shown in the table below, Australia’s Skilled Migration Program, nomination allocations are divided into three visa categories:

  • Skilled – Nominated (sub​class 190)
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491)
  • Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

You can learn more about the allocations for each state and territory, as well as the requirements for nominations, via the links below:

ACT – Skilled Visa – ACT nomination and Business Migration Guidelines
NSW – Visas and Immigration
NT – Northern Territory visa nomination eligibility
QLD – Business & Skilled Migration Queensland
SA – Move to South Australia
TAS – Migration Tasmania
VIC – Live in Melbourne
WA – Business Migration Western Australia (BIIP) or Skilled Migration Western Australia (190 and 491 visas)
Data tables courtesy of the Department of Home Affairs.


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