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Latest Australian State Sponsorship Updates for 2023-2024​

On May 9, 2023, the Australian Government unveiled its plan for the 2023-24 permanent Migration Program, allotting a total of 190,000 places. This strategic initiative aims to tackle ongoing and emerging skills shortages while also enticing individuals possessing specialized skillsets that are rare or challenging to cultivate within Australia. Quite Shocking, a significant aspect of this allocation is the dedication of one-third of the previous year’s allocation.
State Skilled Nominated (Subclass190) Visa Skilled work regional (Subclass 491) Visa Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)
ACT
600
600
0
NSW
2560
1500
0
NT
250
400
0
QLD
900
650
0
SA
1100
1200
0
TAS
600
600
0
VIC
2700
600
0
WA
1500
850
0
Total
10,300
6400
0
No new allocations have been given for the BIIP. The Department has enough applications on hand to meet the 2023–24 planning level for the BIIP.

ACT Migration – Allocation Update for 2023-24

The Department of Home Affairs has recently announced the 2023-24 Migration Program, which includes a planning level of 190,000 places, slightly lower than the previous year’s 195,000 places.

Within the 190,000 places,

  • The State and Territory Nominated planning level is set at 30,400 places.
  • The regional planning level is allocated 32,300 places.
This implies that the total number of visas the Government intends to grant for these programs in 2023-24 will be like the figures of the previous year.
The allocation for ACT nominations in the State and Territory nominated visa categories for 2023-24 are as follows:
Nominated Visa Category
Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
600
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
600
Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)
0
Total
1200
The Department of Home Affairs has recently announced the 2023-24 Migration Program, which includes a planning level of 190,000 places, slightly lower than the previous year’s 195,000 places.

Within the 190,000 places,

  • The State and Territory Nominated planning level is set at 30,400 places.
  • The regional planning level is allocated 32,300 places.
This implies that the total number of visas the Government intends to grant for these programs in 2023-24 will be like the figures of the previous year.
The allocation for ACT nominations in the State and Territory nominated visa categories for 2023-24 are as follows:
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
  • Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

For the 2023-24 program year, no new BIIP nominations have been allocated to the ACT or any jurisdiction. This is due to the limited available places and the high number of existing applications. Processing of existing BIIP visas is ongoing. The ACT is not accepting new BIIP applications for 2023-24.

 

ACT Nomination Guidelines, ACT Critical Skills List and Invitation rounds

The Department of Home Affairs has allocated no new nomination places for the BIIP in the 2023-24 program year for the ACT or any jurisdiction.

The upcoming invitation round is scheduled before September 29, 2023.
Due to the decreased allocation this year, it’s likely that there will be fewer invitations, possibly resulting in higher minimum scores required for receiving invitations.

Tasmania Migration – Allocation Update for 2023-24

Tasmania’s 2023-24 Visa Allocations:

For the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa, there are 600 places available, and the same allocation applies to the Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa. This year, there are no new nominations for the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) due to existing
applications.
All pending applications will be evaluated based on the criteria at the time of application and will receive a nomination in SkillSelect, subject to approval.

Status of Caseload Processing (as of August 24, 2023)

Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa:

  • Nominations utilized – 0 out of 600 places
  • Nomination applications under review – 160
  • Invitations for nomination extended but pending acceptance – 7

Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa:

  • Nominations utilized – 0 out of 600 places
  • Nomination applications under review – 149
  • Invitations for nomination extended but pending acceptance – 42

Temporary Closure of the Northern Territory General Skilled Migration Program

Due to a substantial decrease in allocation of GSM nominations by the Australian Government, MigrationNT will temporarily stop accepting new nomination applications from 5pm on August 24, 2023, to handle the existing application load effectively.

NSW Business and Skilled Migration Program 2023-24

New South Wales’ nomination guidelines will maintain a similar structure as last year’s with the skilled occupation list currently being reviewed to ensure alignment with current priorities. While significant changes are not anticipated. Further updates will be promptly communicated by NSW.

Skilled Invitation Rounds

NSW will hold invitation rounds for skilled migration throughout the fiscal year. These rounds are expected to have a high level of competition. It’s crucial to understand that an invitation for nomination is not assured. It is highly recommended that individuals considering migration to NSW should also explore other alternatives and not place sole reliance on receiving an invitation.
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