2019-2020 Migration Program Outcomes

The Department of Home Affairs has published its detailed outcomes from the 2019-20 Migration Program.

A total of 153,537 visas were granted from the 160,000 allocated for the 2019-2020 program year in the Federal Budget.

2019-2020 Permanent Migration Program Outcomes

A total of 140,366 visas were granted for the permanent migration program, with 70% of visas being granted to applicants in the skilled visa stream.

In summary:

  • 95,843 places were granted through the skilled stream, including 4,109 places under the highly skilled Global Talent – Independent program which launched in November 2019.
  • 23,372 regional places were granted from the 25,000 places allocated.
  • 41,961 places were granted in the Family program, including 37,118 Partner visas.
  • 81 places were granted in the Special Eligibility stream.
  • 2,481 places were granted in the Child stream.

Two-thirds of permanent visas were granted to individuals already in Australia who transitioned from a temporary visa to permanent residency.

2019-2020 Humanitarian Program Outcomes

A total of 13,171 visa places were granted in the humanitarian program in 2019-20..

In summary:

  • 11,521 offshore visas and 1,650 of onshore visas were granted.
  • 6422 were refugee category visas.
  • 5099 were special humanitarian category (SHP) visas.

Impact of COVID-19 on the 2019-20 Migration Program

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the Migration outcomes of 2019–20 Migration Program.  Lodgements dropped by 12.3 per cent from 198,710 in 2018–19 to 174,170 in 2019–20.  Out of this, 13.3 per cent were in the Family stream and 67.4 per cent in the Skilled Independent category.

The effect of COVID-19 on Australia will play a significant role in determining the Australian Government’s planning figures for the next migration program year.

The 2020-21 Migration and Humanitarian program size and composition will be announced as part of the Budget process in October.


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