Tuesday, 15 September 2020

2019-20 Migration Program Outcome

Immigration Minister Alan Trudge announced the 2019-20 Migration Program Outcome in a media release today (16 September 2020).

From this, we can see how COVID 19 has affected the migration and processing of visas.

The key figures are:

  • The permanent migration intake was 140,366 in 2019-20.
  • Seventy per cent of the visas were granted through the skilled stream (95,843 in total)
  • There were 23,372 regional visas delivered, from the 25,000 places allocated. This compares to 18,308 regional visas granted in 2018-19 – an increase of 27 per cent.
  • There were 41,961 visas granted in the Family program, including 37,118 Partner visas.
  • Two-thirds of permanent visas were granted to individuals already in Australia who transitioned from a temporary visa to permanent residency.

The size and composition of the 2020-21 Migration and Humanitarian programs will be considered in light of the developing COVID-19 situation and announced as part of the Budget process in October.

See link: https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alantudge/Pages/Outcomes-of-the-2019-20-Migration-Program.aspx

The following information has been provided:

Stream and Category Outcome
Skill Stream  
Employer Sponsored 29,261
Skilled Independent 12,986
Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional 8,372
     Skilled Work Regional 15,000
Subtotal Regional 23,372
State/Territory Nominated 21,495
Business Innovation and Investment 4,420
Global Talent 4,109
Distinguished Talent 200
Skill Total 95,843
Family Stream  
Partner 37,118
Parent 4,399
Other Family 444
Family Total 41,961
Special Eligibility 81
Child 2,481
Total Migration Program 2019-20 140,366


If you have any migration related questions feel free to contact:

 Registered Migration Agent Graham Copson (MARN 1575606)

on 08 8155 6062 or by email graham@copsonmigration.com

“Your Migration Partner”

from Best Registered Migration Agent Adelaide https://www.copsonmigration.com/2019-20-migration-program-outcome/

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Priority Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) to Support Critical Skills Needs

A new priority skills list and strengthened labour market testing will allow small numbers of sponsored skilled workers to return to Australia to fill urgent skills needs in critical sectors, helping to create Australian jobs and rebuild Australia’s economy.

Acting Immigration minister Alan Trudge and Employment, Skills and Small Business Minister Senator Michaelia Cash have today (2 September 2020)  issued a Joint Media Release concerning a new Priority Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) to help Australia to fill needs in critical sectors and create Australian jobs to rebuild  Australia’s economy. (see https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alantudge/Pages/supporting-australian-business-to-fill-critical-skills-needs.aspx )

Occupations in the health care, construction and IT sectors are set to supercharge both Australia’s health and economic response to COVID-19.

Minister Trudge stated, “Visa holders, who have been sponsored by an Australia business in a PMSOL occupation can request an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions, but will be subject to a strict 14 days quarantine on arrival at their own expense.”

The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  • Construction Project Manager (133111)
  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Psychiatrist (253411)
  • Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
  • Midwife (254111)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  • Registered Nurses nec (254499)
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)
  • Maintenance Planner (312911)


Existing skilled migration occupation lists will remain active and visas will still be processed, but PRIORITY will be given to those in occupations on the PMSOL.

Information about Australia’s travel exemption processes for those in critical skills and sectors is available at https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/critical-skills-and-sectors

If you have any questions or need any further information please feel free to contact:

PMSOL Registered Migration Agent Graham Copson (MARN 1575606)

on 08 8155 6062 or by email graham@copsonmigration.com

“Your Migration Partner”

from Best Registered Migration Agent Adelaide https://www.copsonmigration.com/priority-skilled-occupation-list/