Fact Sheet: 2017-18 Migration Programme planning levels

Migration Programme planning levels

The Migration Programme is designed to achieve a range of economic and social outcomes. The programme is set annually, with the total places available capped at 190,000 for 2017-18, unchanged from 2016-17. The total programme is broken down into the following streams:

  • Skilled – designed to improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labour market, including those in regional Australia. This represents the majority of places offered (128,550 places in 2017-18).
  • Family – is predominately made up of Partner visas, enabling Australians to reunite with family members from overseas, and provide them with pathways to citizenship (57,400 places in 2017-18).
    Fact Sheet - Overview of family stream migration
    has more information.
  • Special Eligibility – this covers visas for those in special circumstances that do not fit into the other streams. This can include permanent residents returning to the country after a period away, and is the smallest stream (565 places in 2017-18).
    More information is available in Fact Sheet - Special Eligibility Stream.

At least 3,485 Child places will be available outside the managed Migration Programme in 2017-18.

2017-18 Migration Programme planning levels
Stream and Category2016-172017-18
Skill stream
Employer Sponsored48,25048,250
Skilled Independent43,99043,990
State & Territory & Regional Sponsored28,85028,850
Business Innovation & Investment Programme7,2607,260
Distinguished Talent200200
Skill Total 128,550 128,550
Skill % of Programme68.9%*68.9%*
Family Stream
Other Family900900
Family Total 57,400 57,400
Family % of Programme30.8%*30.8%*
Special Eligibility 565 565
Total Migration Programme 186,515 186,515
Child (outside the Migration Programme)3,4853,485

* As a percentage of the Migration Programme.

Programme size and composition

The size and composition of the Migration Programme is set each year through the Australian Government’s Budget process. It is informed following broad public consultations with stakeholders, including business and community groups from all states and territories. Community views, economic and labour force forecasts, international research, net overseas migration and economic and fiscal modelling are all taken into account when planning the programme.

Humanitarian Programme

The Humanitarian Programme is managed outside of the permanent Migration Programme and is for refugees and others in humanitarian need.

More information is available on Australia's Refugee and Humanitarian Programme.