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Posted on October 28 2022

Australia to issue more parent and skilled visas with increased budgets

By Editor
Updated July 25 2023

Highlights: More Skilled and parent visas will be issued

  • The Albanese government announced the doubling of the number of parent visas
  • The number of skilled visas will also be increased up to 142,400
  • Migration program funding will also be incremented
  • DHA will receive an extra $576 million for visa processing
  • The number of places for family and skilled visas will be increased up to 195,000 from 160,000
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Albanese government to increase the number of skilled and parent visas

The Albanese government announced that it will almost double the number of parent visas and will also increase the number of skilled visas. The increase in the numbers is a part of the federal budget. DHA will receive an extra $576 million over four years towards:
  • Visa processing
  • Covering the funding shortfall for the maintenance of offshore processing centers
  • Supporting refugees

Increase in number of skilled and family visas

Previously, the government made an announcement of providing 36.1 million for hiring new staff. This hiring will be done to reduce the timing for the processing of visas. The cap for visas has also increased from 160,000 to 195,000. Read more… Australia immigration target set at 195,000 to solve worker shortage The government will also introduce a new Pacific Engagement Visa for the citizens of Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste. From next year, 3,000 places will be allocated in addition to the 195,000. The number of skilled visas will be increased from 79,600 to 142,400. The skilled visas will include the following visas:
  • Employed sponsored
  • Skilled independent
  • Regional
  • State and territory nominated
Visa Stream Visa category  2021-22 Earlier allocation 2022-23 Revised allocation 2022-23
Skill Employer Sponsored 22,000 30,000 35,000
Skilled Independent 6,500 16,652 32,100
Regional 11,200 25,000 34,000
State/Territory Nominated 11,200 20,000 31,000
Business Innovation & Investment 13,500 9,500 5,000
Global Talent (Independent) 15,000 8,448 5,000
Distinguished Talent 200 300 300
Skill total 79,600 1,09,900 1,42,400
Family Partner* 72,300 40,500 40,500
Parent 4,500 6,000 8,500
Child* 3,000 3,000 3,000
Other Family 500 500 500
Family Total 80,300 50,000 52,500
Special Eligibility 100 100 100
Total 1,60,000 1,60,000 1,95,000

Availability of more parent visas

The government will increase the number of parent visas from 4,500 in 2021-2022 to 8,500 in 2022. There is no limit placement for partner and child visas. There will also be the availability of around 500 other family visas and 100 eligibility visas. The places for the humanitarian visa will be 13,750 in 2022-2023 and 16,500 for Afghan refugees for the next four years. The details can be found in the table below:
Visas Number of allocation
Parent visa 8,500
Other family visas 500
Special eligibility visa 100
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