The Australian Migration Planning Level is a government policy that determines the number of people who can migrate to Australia each year through various migration programs. The planning level is set annually by the Australian government in consultation with various stakeholders and takes into account economic, social and demographic factors.
For the year 2021-2022, the Australian government has set the Migration Planning Level at 160,000 places. This includes places for skilled workers, family members, refugees, and humanitarian entrants.
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 2023-24 Migration Program has been designed to address persistent and emerging skills shortages and support the transition to a net-zero emissions economy by attracting specialist skillsets that are difficult to find or develop in Australia. The Program has the following composition:
Skill stream (137,100 places) – this stream is 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) – 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.
It's worth noting that the Australian Migration Planning Level is subject to change depending on the government's priorities and the country's economic and social circumstances. But the migration planning level is set to stay to address the skills shortages in Australia.
Data reference to <https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/migration-program-planning-levels>