Australia’s 2015-16 Migration Programme

Here is a breakdown of the planning levels for each visa category:

2015-16 Migration Programme
 Planning level
Employer Sponsored48,250
Skilled Independent43,990
State/Territory & Regional Nominated28,850
Business Innovation & Investment Programme7,260
Distinguished Talent200
Total Skill Stream128,550

Other Family

·         Orphan Relative



Total Family Stream57,400
Special Eligibility Stream565
Total managed Migration Programme186,515
Child (outside the managed Migration Programme)3,485
Total permanent migration places190,000

Whilst the overall size and composition of the programme remain the same as last year there are changes in how the programme will be managed affecting the Child category visa and Orphan relative visas.

Child category visas (excluding Orphan Relative) will no longer be counted under the managed Migration Programme. This is in response to the Government’s commitment to reform and improve the processes relating to inter-country adoption.  The Child category will continue to be carefully monitored while it transitions to a fully demand-driven model by 2019-20.

Orphan Relative visas will now form part of the Other Family category within the Migration Programme with 400 places allocated to Orphan Relative visas.

For more details about the 2015-16 Migration Programme read the Fact Sheet 20 – Migration Programme planning levels.

Source : DIBP

Also read the post on Net Overseas Migration Statistics

Adventurer, Writer and Backpacker Jason is a recent migrant to Australia. He has created the Migrant Ninja Series as a platform to guide all future migrants to Australia!