Australia opens 160,000 places in Migration Program 2021-22

Australian Immigration New Policies & Changes 2022 - 23

The Australia Migration Program 2021-22 is designed to achieve a range of economic and social outcomes. In 2021-22, the Migration Program will have an overall planning level of 160,000 places, consisting of the following streams:

  • Skill (79,600 places) – this stream is designed to improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labor market, including those in regional Australia.
  • Family (77,300 places) – 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.
  • Special Eligibility (100 places) – this stream covers visas for those in special circumstances, including permanent residents returning to Australia after a period overseas.
  • Child (3,000 places) – this stream is managed outside the Migration Program as it is demand-driven and not subject to a ceiling.
2021-22 Migration Program planning levels
Stream and Category Places in 2021-22
Skill stream
Employer-Sponsored 22,000
Skilled Independent 6,500
Regional 11,200
State/Territory Nominated 11,200
Business Innovation & Investment Program 13,500
Global Talent 15,000
Distinguished Talent 200
Skill Total 79,600
Family Stream
Partner 72,300
Parent 4,500
Other Family 500
Family Total 77,300
Special Eligibility 100
Child (estimate; not subject to a ceiling) 3,000
Total 160,000

Program size and composition

The size and composition of the Migration Program are set each year alongside the Australian Government’s Budget process. To inform the development of the Australia Migration Program 2021-22  settings, the Department of Home Affairs consulted widely with State and Territory governments, academia, industry, and community organizations between November 2020 and February 2021.

Public submissions, economic and labor force forecasts, international research, net overseas migration, and economic and fiscal modeling are all taken into account when planning the program.

For further information on the 2021-22 Migration Program, please see our Frequently A​sked Questions​.

State and Territory nominated visa categories –
2021-22 nomination allocations

Under the 2021-22 Migration Program settings, nomination allocations are made available to States and Territories in the following visa categories:

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

States and Territories each assess eligible applicants against criteria unique to their jurisdiction.

Further information on State and Territory nomination requirements can be found at:

Following consultation with States and Territories, the following nomination levels have been allocated for 2021-22:

State and Territory nominated visa allocations
State Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)
ACT 600 1,400 30
NSW 4,000 3,640 2,200
VIC 3,500 500 1,750
QLD 1,000 1,250 1,400​
NT 500 500 75
WA 1,100 340 360
SA 2,600 2,600 1,000
TAS 1,100 2,200 45
Total 14,400 12,430​ 6,860

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