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The Migration Program is set annually, with the total places available capped at a ceiling of 160,000 for 2020/2021.

The total program is broken down into the following streams:

Skill Stream – designed to improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labour market, including those in regional Australia. In 2020/2021, the skill stream has 79,600 places allocated.

Family Stream – is predominately made up of Partner visas, enabling Australians to reunite with family members from overseas, and provide them with pathways to citizenship. In 2020/2021, the family stream has 77,300 allocated.

Special Eligibility – this covers visas for those in special circumstances. This can include permanent residents returning to Australia after a period away, and is the smallest stream (100 places in 2020/2021).

At least 3,000 Child places will be available in 2020/2021.

160,000 Visa Places for 2020/2021

Skilled Stream

Employer Sponsored22,000
Skilled Independent6,500
State / Territory Nominated11,200
Business Innovation and Investment13,500
Global Talent15,000
Distinguished Talent200
Skilled Total79,600

Family Stream

Other Family500
Family Total77,300


Special Eligibilty100
Other Total3,100
TOTAL 2020/2021160,000