Australian Immigration – Migration Program Planning Levels For 2012

Australia Migration 2012 numbersI know we are already into March but as we’ve not covered this, I thought it might be worthwhile covering the number of places allocated to Australian Migrants during 2012.

Australia’s permanent immigration program has two components. Migration, for Skilled and Family Stream migrants and those granted a Special Eligibility class visa and Humanitarian, for refugees and others in humanitarian need.

2012 Australian Migration Program

The 2011–12 Migration Program is set at 185 000 places. This comprises:

  • 58 600 places for family migrants who are sponsored by family members already in Australia
  • 125 850 places for skilled migrants who gain entry essentially because of their work or business skills
  • 550 places for special eligibility migrants.

The skilled stream comprises 68 per cent of the program and the family stream comprises 32 per cent.

This maintains the Australian government’s apparent commitment to an immigration policy which seeks to balance social, economic, humanitarian and environmental objectives.

Program Range

The program will be delivered close to the planning level depending on:

  • Application rates in demand-driven categories such as partner, child and employer nominated and business categories
  • The take up of state-specific and regional migration categories
  • The extent of national skill shortages and the ability to attract migrants to fill these vacancies
  • The availability of high standard applicants in the skilled categories.


A number of visa classes are subject to capping. This means the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship sets a limit on the number of visas that can be granted for that program year. Once this limit has been reached, no further visas can be granted in that class in that program year.

Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia.
Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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