The Morrison Government’s Migration Program is tackling population pressures in major cities, and backing regional areas looking for growth to secure their economic future. 160,323 visas were granted in 2018-19 under the Permanent Migration Program, the lowest number in a decade.
The program also delivered 8987 places under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, up from 6,221 places in 2017-18—a 44% increase.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the Government will continue to increase its focus on regional migration.
“Our population plan will ease the pressure on the big capitals while supporting the growth of those smaller cities and regions that want more people,” Mr Coleman said.
“This year, we’ve reduced the cap for the Migration Program from 190,000 to 160,000. We’re also dedicating 23,000 places for regional skilled migrants and have announced two new regional visas to help fill some of the tens of thousands of job vacancies in regional Australia,” he said.
“We’re directing migration to those smaller cities and regional areas that are crying out for more people and those regional economies that simply cannot fill jobs with local workers.”
The migration program also continues to focus on growing the Australian economy and filling skills gaps, with 109,713 visas granted under the Skill stream of the 2018-19 program—about 70% of the program.
“Skilled migrants have high employment participation rates, low unemployment rates and good annual earnings,” Mr Coleman said.
“We’ll continue to back those migrants who bring critical skills into the country—those who work hard, pay taxes and contribute to funding essential services for Australians.”
47,247 family visas were also delivered in the 2018-19 Migration Program.