Australia: Immigration quota 2022-2023

Every year, the new visa year in Australia starts on 1 July. This means, among other things, that from that moment a new quota applies for all visa categories. This quota determines how many places are available within a visa category, and therefore how many visas can be issued.

The immigration quota and allocation

Australia’s total immigration programme includes 160,000 places for the visa year running from 1 July 2022. This has remained the same as the previous visa year. However, the number of places for the Skilled Migrant category, for example, has increased. The table below shows the actual quotas for the different categories:

Visa StreamVisa category2021-22 2022-23
SkilledEmployer Sponsored 22,000​ 30,000
Skilled Independent 6,500 16,652
  Regional 11,200 25,000
  State/Territory Nominated 11,200 20,000
  Business Innovation & Investment 13,500 9,500
  Global Talent (Independent) 15,000 8,448
  Distinguished Talent 200 300
Total skilled   79,600 109,900
Family Partner* 72,300 40,500
  Parent 4,500 6,000
  Child* 3,000 3,000
  Other Family 500 500
Total family   77,300* 50,000
Special Eligibility**   100 100
Total visaprogramme   160,00​0 160,000

*The quota mentioned for these visa categories (partner visa and child visa) is only indicative. This is because the quota for these categories is demand driven and there is no ceiling.