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Migration Planning Level and Visa Allocation

WA skilled migration: 10,000 new workers approved in new deal between Federal and State governmentsWA Minister for Training Simone McGurk has welcomed a revised migration program which will allow 10,000 skilled workers into the state. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/The West AustralianWA has scored a massive victory against Canberra after the Albanese Government folded and agreed to allow 10,000 overseas skilled workers to come west to help address crippling labour shortages in key areas.In a stunning about-face, Federal Immigration Minister Andrew Giles has buckled to repeated requests from the Cook Government to increase the number of places available under a Commonwealth migration program that had slashed numbers from 8140 places in 2022-23 to just 2350 in the 2023-2024 financial year.Earlier this year, a frustrated Roger Cook said calls for more allocations on the State Nominated Migration Program had fallen on deaf ears with the Premier revealing he had written to the Prime Minister pleading WA’s case for more overseas skilled workers.The breakthrough came earlier this week when the State and Federal Governments agreed on a new deal which will see 5000 skilled migration places available under the State Migration Program and another 5000 places under a newly established WA Designated Migration Agreement. regional and metropolitan areas to sponsor workers from overseas when standard temporary or permanent visa programs are not available.

20 February 2024

Migration Planning Level 2024-25

As part of our long-standing annual consultation process, we are pleased to invite public submissions to inform the planning of Australia’s Migration Program for 2024–25. Public submission is now open before the final publish. Major issues to be addressed are; What is the ideal size and composition of Australia’s 2024–25 permanent Migration Program and why?


The Department of Home Affairs is now welcoming questions about Australia’s migration settings:  


  • How can migration policy settings better support social cohesion outcomes in Australia?  

  • How can migration policy settings support Australia’s ongoing economic prosperity and fairness?

  • How should we factor in the impact and opportunities of migration on Australian communities, including in terms of access to services such as health, education, housing and infrastructure?  


Following workforces are identified to be pivotal to tackle the challenges of changing economy. 

  • Healthcare

  • Clean Energy

  • Digital and Tech

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To apply for permanent residency, you need to have a positive skills assessment for you nominated occupation. It is comparatively more challenging to attain a skills assessment if your nominated occupation is in the Short-Term Occupation list compared to that of Medium to Long Term Occupation List.

What is a positive Skills Assessment?
Your Skills (sometimes includes Degree + Work experience) must be accredited by an Australian Skills Assessing body and you must have a positive outcome before applying for Skilled Migration in Australia.

Following are example of few of the most popular Skills Assessment bodies in Australia:

  • AACA – Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, Inc

  • AASW – Australian Association of Social Workers

  • CPA - Chartered Public Accountants

  • TRA – Trades Recognition Australia

  • VETASSESS – Vocational Education and Training Assessment Services

Few occupations require Work experience in your post qualification whereas for other occupations, a degree is sufficient enough. For example, IT Graduates need a 1 Year Full time work experience or, a Professional Year Degree along with their Australian Bachelor/Master degree.

There is scope to attain a Migration Skills assessment through an eligible diploma course. However, you need to be wary of the course and school that you choose and Skills assessment criterion may vary depending on what you choose.
To help you decide and apply for a course, you can book a Free in-person/Phone/WhatsApp consultation with our Education Team via this link:

2 February 2024

Migration overhaul

Following the Migration review at the end of 2023, Immigration Minister announced soon to be implemented changes and proposed key strategies for a Migration overhaul. Following the announcement, there was a relatively small invitation round for subclass 189 and subclass 491 (Family sponsored visa) on December 2023. However, multiple states have been consistent on running invitation rounds. There was a subclass 190 and 491 invitation round from Victoria earlier this week.

Learn more about the upcoming changes in migration and student visa category and a review of the migration strategy:

2 February 2024

State and Regional Sponsor update, breakdown of allocation and a thorough analysis​​​

Following the Migration review at the end of 2023, Immigration Minister announced soon to be implemented changes and proposed key strategies for a Migration overhaul. Following the announcement, there was a relatively small invitation round for subclass 189 and subclass 491. Find the up to date state wise allocation stats below. New South Wales and Victoria had the 2 highest allocations for subclass 190 whereas for subclass 491, 2nd highest allocation is for South Australia followed by New South Wales. Most of the states are still accepting applicants and submission window is still open to lodge application for state specific residents and overseas applicants.

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YTD Invitation Stats​​​

Following is the YTD April 2024 invitations statistics from across states. Most the states are well above their timeline in terms of subclass 190 invitation apart from NSW; there is likely to be a relatively large invitation round from NSW happening in the coming months. Also, among few other states which are yet to issue a lot of subclass 491 invitations, NSW has the lowest number of invitations so far; there is likely to be invitations from NSW for subclass 491 as well. 

Victoria ran consistently issued invitation rounds. Among many; few notable occupations which our clients have received invitation are from Health, IT and Teaching sector and invitations were issued with relatively less points starting from only 65 points (including state points).

NSW State and Regional Sponsor


Victoria State and Regional Sponsor

All different states have their own requirement and eligibility criteria. With all the upcoming changes and different criteria, it is important that you know your options and pathway to Permanent Residency.
You can book a PR Pathway consultation with our Registered Migration Agent (MARN1572961) via this link:

25 August 2023

State wise visa allocation for 2023-24 is in place now. The allocations for subclass 190 and subclass 491 is approximately one third of that of the ones in previous year. This is a  drastic drop down, this is possibly due to the applications on hand with department to clear out the backlogs. However, alike last year, the department might revise and increase allocations. 
But, we would recommend to apply for visa as soon as possible as the priority could be given to the ones who applied early and which will possibly mean grants faster.

Few states already are open and accepting applications from different states as well as from overseas.

We'd recommend you to book a PR pathway Zoom consultation with our Australian Registered Migration Agent (MARN1572961) via this link:

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State wise visa allocation 2023-2024

State wise visa allocation 2023-24

This is a comparison of state wise subclass 190 and subclass 491 allocations, which has huge implications. This indicates whether you need to consider regional migration or not, how many possible applicants could be there and what could be the cut-off points. This being stated, there are also states for which you don't have to stay in regional area to apply for subclass 491. Also, states like Western Australia allows eligible applicants to apply from any Australia states as well as from overseas. 

We'd strongly recommend you to explore your options and talk to our registered migration agent via this link:

12 May 2023

Earlier this week, on the Federal Budget 2023-24, the 2023-24 permanent Migration Program ceiling has been proposed with 72% of the total allocation is allocated for the Skilled stream. Find the allocation detail below. This budget is forecasting a temporary migration boom reflecting a “one-off” catch up after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Immigration Minister Andrew Giles said earlier that the government will commit $36.1 million to clear visa backlogs.

Major Highlights

  • Allocating 72 % of places in the 2023‑24 permanent Migration Program to skilled migrants, bringing long‑term fiscal and economic benefits and addressing persistent skill shortages

  • Providing an extra 2 years of post‑study work rights to Temporary Graduate visa holders with select degrees, to improve the pipeline of skilled labour in key sectors

  • Increasing the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold to $70,000 to ensure skilled migration settings are better targeted

  • International students will be allowed to work 48 hours per fortnight starting from July.

  • Exempting international students working in the aged care sector from the capped fortnightly work hour limit until 31 December 2023.

  • Providing additional training places for Pacific Australia Labour Mobility scheme workers in priority sectors for the Pacific and Timor‑Leste and where there are job shortages in Australia.

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Migration Planning level 2023-2024
Federal Budget Announcement 2023-2024

Subclass 189 Invitation round

Another massive invitation round with invitations issued under subclass 189 this morning! Our clients received invitations starting from only 65 points. Multiple different occupations received invitations from broad range of industries including, Trade, Teaching, Health, ICT, Engineering and many others. Find below occupation wise Permanent residency invitations and lowest cut-off points.


Early childhood Sector

The Government has committed $72.4 million over 5 years to support the skills and training of workers in the early childhood education and care sector. You may consider getting into this sector with a 1 Year Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood course. 
Learn more

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