While Australia’s migrant population is continuing to make significant contributions to Australia’s development the government is closely monitoring the Australia migration program 2020-2021 planning and delivery. This ensures that it is consistent with public health measures, is flexible, and does not displace job opportunities for Australians so that Australia can be on the fast path to economic recovery post-COVID.
Impact COVID-19 on the DHA operations
COVID-19 has had substantially affected the Department of Home Affairs’ operations.
Impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of the migration program
Going forth Australia’s migration program would be realigned to changing circumstances, such as COVID-19 and it’s economic, social, and medical impacts. The program would be designed in a manner that would provide employment opportunities for Australians, support critical industries, and position Australia’s economic recovery.
COVID-19 and its impact on the net overseas migration
Border closures have reduced net overseas migration. The net overseas migration (NOM) for the 2018-19 year was 30% more than the expected NOM in 2019-20. The NOM is expected to dip further in 2020-21. However, the Migration Program can be tweaked to respond to changing circumstances.
Steps to ensure that the visa system supports COVID-19 response and economic recovery
The steps taken to ensure that the visa system supports the post-COVID -19 recovery
Government announcement on the size and the composition for the 2020-21 Migration Program
The migration will play an important role in Australia’s economic recovery post COVID19. The Australian Government will consider how best to shape the Migration Program to drive economic growth and support job creation during this post-recovery phase. The economic conditions in Australia, future skill needs, changes in the labor market, and the population objectives of states and territories will be taken into consideration. The existing 2019-20 Migration Program settings will continue to remain in place until advised. The 2020-21 planning ceiling will be retained at 160,000 places, the level set for 2019-20 Migration Program including 108,682 places for the Skilled stream, 47,732 places for the Family stream, 236 places for the Special Eligibility stream and 3,350 places for Child visas.
States and Territories nominations grant in the 2020-21 Migration Program
The State and Territory nominated visa programs will play an important part in Australia’s economic recovery and continue to be a part of the Migration Program. State and territory nominations will be made available in line with the drivers of economic growth and job creation, in the following categories:
Continuity of the monthly invitation rounds for Skilled Independent (subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (Family Sponsored) (subclass 491)
Targeted invitation rounds have continued each month and will prioritize skills that are in critical need and that will aid Australia’s economic recovery.
Changes to be made to the Migration Program in 2020-21
Until otherwise advised, the existing 2019-20 Migration Program settings, including the program size and the composition will remain in place.
Government decision to retain the 2019-20 Migration Program settings
The Migration Program is generally announced each year as part of the Federal Budget in May. Due to the Government’s focus on responding to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, 2020-21 the budget was deferred for consideration until October 2020
Stakeholders to be consulted ahead of any potential changes to the 2020-21 Migration Program
The Department will be consulting with State and Territory governments regarding their nomination allocations for the 2020-21 Migration Program. Relevant stakeholders will be advised if any further decisions are made regarding program settings for the 2020-21 Migration Program.
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