Australia’s 2015-16 Migration Programme

australia flagThe Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, MP Peter Dutton announced on 12 May 2015 that up to 190,000 permanent migration places will be provided for in 2015-16 Migration Programme.

“Our Migration Programme will continue to benefit Australia with these decisions balancing the Government’s economic, social and humanitarian responsibilities,” Mr Dutton said.

The number of permanent places available will remain the same as last year and includes up to:

  • 128,550 places for skilled migrants, including employer sponsored, general skilled and business categories;
  • 57,400 places for family migrants sponsored by immediate family members; and
  • 565 places for special eligibility migrants, who include former permanent residents who have maintained close business, cultural or personal ties with Australia.

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 Family900
Orphan Relative(400)
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