Australia’s 2013-14 migration program will be maintained at 190 000 places in 2013-14
Broken down, the numbers provides 128 550 places for skilled migrants, 60 885 places for family migration and 565 places for migration under special eligibility.
The government has made a small shift of 700 places – from the skill stream to the family stream – in response to the continuing high levels of demand for family stream places from Australians, particularly in the partner category.
‘Skilled migration continues to make up more than two-thirds of the program because of its obvious benefits to our economy and society,’ Minister for Australia Immigration, Brendon O’Connor said. ‘Targeted skilled migration enables Australia’s economy to grow by addressing skills gaps and bottlenecks.
‘It is important that our skilled migration program is driven by genuine skills needs. Under the Gillard Government, skilled migration to Australia will continue to be carefully targeted to ensure skilled migrants complement but do not replace the domestic labour force.’ […]