The total permanent Migration Program outcome for 2019–20 was 140,366 places, representing a decline for the 5th consecutive year.
The overall Migration Program includes: Skill Stream, Family Stream, Special Eligibility Stream and Child Stream.
According to the report released by the Department of Home Affairs, COVID-19 had a significant impact on the outcome of the 2019–20 Migration Program, including due to disruption to supporting services such as English Language testing, and health and character checks.
The Migration Program outcome is consistent with the Australian Government’s policy objectives of two thirds Skill (69.5 per cent) and one third Family split (30.4 per cent) with 95,843 visas granted through the skill stream and 37,118 Partner visas granted.
India represented the top source country for the Migration program with 25,698 visa grants, followed by China.
United Kingdom 10,681
There were 23,372 Regional category visas granted, a 27.7% increase versus previous year. This includes the new regional visas which came into effect in November 2019: 491 Skilled Work Regional & 494 Skilled
Employer Sponsored Regional.
The top ANZSCO Unit groups for the regional visas were:
Cafe and Restaurant Managers
The size and composition of the 2020-21 Migration and Humanitarian programs will be announced as part of the Budget process in October.