Budget 2022-23 – Support for Skilled Migration for a Stronger Future of Australia

Budget 2022-23 – Support for Skilled Migration for a Stronger Future of Australia

The Morrison Government plans to drive innovation, tackle critical skill shortages, and attract investment in Australia. It’s a part of its budget 2022-23 to support skilled migration in Australia. According to Morrison’s plan, it’ll make Australia’s future stronger and brighter.


For 2022-23, the permanent migration program ceiling will be capped at 160,000 places. Let’s dig deeper into the details of the migration program of Scott Morrison’s Government.


Migration Program for Skill Stream under Budget 2022-23

The Migration Program of Scott Morrison will focus on skilled migration. It’ll focus on a return to the pre-pandemic proportion of around two-thirds and one-third across the Skill and Family streams. From 2021-22 planning levels, all three categories of Employer-Sponsored (30,000 places), Skill Independent (16,652 places), and State & Territory Nominated (20, 000 places) have increased.


A total of 25,000 regional visas will be available to support growth in regional Australia. With Business Innovation and Investment (9,500 places), Global Talent (8,448 places) and Distinguished Talent (300 places) categories, Australia will remain a go-to destination for the world’s best and most promising individuals and entrepreneurs.


To support regional growth in Australia, 25,000 regional visas will be available.


In early 2022-23, the occupational list will be reviewed based on recommendations from the National Skills Commission. It’ll be updated to reflect changes in the labor market in Australia.


Budget 2022-23 – Migration Program for Family Stream 

Families will be able to reunite through the Family stream in Australia. As a part of the Australian Government’s Migration Program, around 50,000 places will be available in the Family Stream. The Child and Partner visa categories are estimated to provide 40,500 and 3,000 visas, respectively.


Partner and Child visas may only be issued after meeting the demand and visa processing requirements. A total of 6,000 places will be available for Parent visas. At the same time, 500 places will be accessible for other family visas in Australia. The Partner visa processing model will shift to a demand-driven model from 2022-23.


Issuing Partner visas based on a demand-driven model will help to meet the demand for Partner visas in a given program year. It’ll help mitigate future growth in the Partner visa pipeline while maintaining immigration integrity.


A total of 6000 Parent Visas and 500 other Family Visas will be available in Australia.


The Special Eligibility category in Budget 2022-23 will have 100 places. The visas in this category are given to people with special circumstances. It includes Australian permanent residents who’re returning from overseas.



What to Expect from the Federal Budget 2022-2023 | More Skilled Visas

Working Holiday Makers (WHM)

The Australian Government acknowledges the importance of the visitor economy to Australia’s economic prosperity. Australia has arrangements with 45 countries for Working Holiday Makers (WHM). 26 partner countries function under yearly cap arrangements.


Underlying cash balance is expected to increase by $45 million in the coming 3 years.


The Morrison Government announced an increase in the cap for WHMs coming from countries with which Australia has a Work and Holiday visa arrangement. The goal is to support the economic future of Australia. Further, it’ll promote Australia’s sustained tourism growth. As a result, around 11,000 additional WHM visas will be available to potential backpackers.


VAC Refunds for WHM Visa Holders

Over the next 3 years, this measure is expected to increase the underlying cash balance by $45 million. Working Holiday Maker Visa 417 and 462 holders may get a refund on a Visa Application Charge. They can apply for a refund if they enter Australia between 19 January 2022 and 19 April 2022.  


Refund of Visa Application Charge for Working Holiday Maker Visa holders entering Australia between 19 January 2022 and 19 April 2022.


Visa Refunds for Student Visa Holders

Student Visa holders who arrive between 19 January 2022 and 19 March 2022 are eligible for visa refunds. If you need help applying for a refund on VAC of Student Visa 500, you can book a consultation with us.


Humanitarian Program – Budget 2022-23

During 2022-23, the Humanitarian Program will remain at 13,750 places and over the forward estimates. It aims to ensure that Australia remains a leading country for humanitarian resettlement globally. Likewise, this program validates that Australia can respond quickly to humanitarian crises abroad.


According to recent announcements, this is to ensure Australia continues to support the transition of Ukrainians onto the Humanitarian 786 Visa. It’ll continue to work with international partners to address global humanitarian needs, including Myanmar.


Under the Humanitarian Program, 16,500 seats will be available to Afghans.


As a result of Australia’s sustained commitment to Afghanistan after 20 years of combat operations, further 16,500 seats will be open for Afghan nationals under the Humanitarian Program. Places will be allocated evenly over the next 4 years as well. This announcement brings the total number of places available to Afghans across Australia’s Humanitarian and Migration Programs to 31,500 over the next 4 program years.


The Budget 2022-23 allocates $9.2 million for a Youth Transition Support (YTS) services program. It is to assist migrant and refugee youths in entering a competitive job market and realizing their potential. The 12-month extension builds on existing work to help young migrants improve their educational, employment, and social outcomes.


Budget 2022-23 – Final Words!

The purpose of Budget 2022-23 is to support Australia’s international education and tourism sectors. This initiative aims to address and support the labor shortages in Australia. Further, it’ll help the young migrants to step into the competitive job market.


It’ll assist them in realizing their full potential. If you want more information regarding the budget plan, you can book a consultation with us anytime.


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I’m Nasir Nawaz. I’m a registered migration consultant in Australia. I am based in Sydney. I’ve studied Master of Laws at the University of New South Wales. I’m providing immigration services for several years.

Consult with me for legal advice on Australian visas to permanently live, study, and work in Australia.