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Australia:Summary of Migration Program 2020-2021

2020-2021 Executive Summary of Australia’s Permanent Migration Program 

The total permanent Migration Program outcome for 2020-211 was 160,052 places.

The breakdown for each of the streams within the Migration Program was as follows:

  • 79,620 places were delivered in the Skilled stream
  • 77,372 places were delivered in the Family stream
  • 54 places were delivered in the Special Eligibility stream
  • The outcome of the Child stream for the year was 3,006 places.

For the 2020-21 program year, the Migration Program outcome departed from a two-thirds/one-third split between the Skilled and Family streams seen over recent history and moved towards a 50/50 split between the streams. Overall Migration Program lodgements dropped by 9.3 per cent from 174,170 in 2019-20 to 157,989 in 2020-21.

COVID-19 had a major influence on the delivery of the Migration Program in 2020-21. The global impact of COVID-19 saw disruptions to supporting services such as English Language testing, biometrics and health and character checking. The Department of Home Affairs took COVID-19 disruptions into account in processing throughout the year, for example in providing extended time periods for applicants to complete requirements where appropriate.The Department of Home Affairs focussed on finalising grant ready applications where possible and in line with priority processing directions. This approach has meant that refusal rates were lower than seen in previous years.

In 2020-21 the Skilled Stream focused on visa categories which will help Australia’s economy rebound from COVID-19, with priority given to visa cohorts that drive economic growth, job creation and investment into Australia.

The three priority categories were:

  • Business Innovation and Investment Program
  • Global Talent Program
  • Employer Sponsored Program.

Visa processing focused on onshore applicants and applicants in critical sectors and occupations. 71.2 per cent of applicants finalised in the Skilled Stream in 2020-21 were onshore.

The Skilled stream outcome was 79,620 places, which accounted for 50.7 per cent of the total 2020-21 Migration Program outcome (excluding Child stream).

The Family stream delivered 77,372 places, which accounted for 49.3 per cent of the total 2020-21 Migration Program outcome (excluding Child stream).

The Special Eligibility stream outcome was 54 places, which accounted for 0.03 per cent of the total 2020-21 Migration Program outcome. Special Eligibility includes Ministerial Intervention cases and Former Resident applicants.

The Child stream delivered 3,006 places in 2020-21. The Child stream is a demand driven program, with a nominal allocation of 3,000 places.

The number of places delivered to Registered Nurses (3,670) was higher than any other occupation across the Skilled stream with the highest number of places delivered in the State/Territory nominated (1,537) and Regional (1,353) categories for this occupation.

The largest source citizenship countries of migrants in 2020-21 were:

  • China with 22,207 places
  • India with 21,791 places
  • United Kingdom with 12,703 places
  • Philippines with 11,058 places
  • Vietnam with 8,120 places.

Contact the registered migration agents at Visa Lounge if you want to start your visa application in the new year 2022. 

Source: The Department of Home Affairs Permanent Migration Program (Skilled & Family) Outcomes Snapshot Annual Statistics