The Morrison Government is focusing Australia’s permanent Migration Program for 2020-21
on supporting our economic recovery, growing Australian businesses and creating jobs for
The permanent Migration Program will remain at a cap of 160,000 places for 2020-21, with
planning levels of 79,600 places allocated in the Skill stream and 77,300 places in the Family
stream. Child and Special Eligibility visas will make up the remaining 3,100 places.
Approximately two thirds of permanent visas in the 2020-21 program are expected to go to
people already in Australia. Of the remaining visas, it is anticipated that approximately two
thirds will be granted under the Skill stream and one third under the Family stream.
Migration Program – Skill stream
Innovators, investors and job creators – those who are going to grow Australian businesses,
create Australian jobs and supercharge our economic recovery – will be the target of our
Priority within the Skill stream will be given to Global Talent, the Business Innovation and
Investment Program (BIIP) and Employer Sponsored visas.
After a successful launch in late 2019, the Global Talent Visa will be expanded from 5,000 to
15,000 places. It will continue to target the best minds from around the world in key sectors
including advanced manufacturing, financial services and Fintech and health. The program
will be enhanced by the whole of Government Global Business and Talent Attraction
Taskforce announced in September.
Australia is strategically well placed to attract the global talent given our relative health and
economic success during the pandemic.
We will also double the number of places available for business investors to 13,500 places.
The BIIP program will be streamlined and there will be changes to investment and residency
requirements, ensuring the program is targeted at Australian venture capitals and emerging
small and medium size businesses to support the economic recovery. Further details on
these changes will be announced in coming weeks.
Employer Sponsored visas, for those migrants coming to fill a specific skills gap where an
Australian worker is not available, will be prioritised over non-sponsored visas with a focus
on occupations on the Priority Migration Skills Occupation List. This list will be regularly
reviewed and updated based on advice from the National Skills Commission.
Migration Program – Family stream
The majority of visas within the Family stream will go to partners, with 72,300 places
allocated, an increase from 37,118 last year. This will give more certainty to those wanting
to settle in Australia with their partners and plan for their futures.
It will address nearly all the present applicants awaiting finalisation of their visa.
It is expected that 75 per cent of Partner visas will go to those already in Australia.
The Humanitarian Program will be set at 13,750 places and the number of allocated places
will be a cap rather than a target – in line with the approach taken to the Migration
This cap of 13,750 is in line with last year’s outcome of 13,171 and reflects the global
impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic which will continue to present challenges to delivery in
The Government will continue to focus on settlement and integration support for
humanitarian entrants. This will include prioritising supporting people in work and
improving English language skills.
In absolute numbers, Australia remains the third most generous humanitarian resettlement
country in the world, maintaining our long-term commitment to people who cannot return
to their home country because of persecution.
Whitney Harris 0466 462 511