Skilled Stream Accounted For Most Migration To Australia in 2013-14

By Dex Tennyson, for 17 September, 2014

Australia's Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, has highlighted the central place of visas granted through the country's stream for skilled workers in achieving the Government's immigration target for the latest fiscal year.

Morrison said that 128,500 permanent migration visas had been granted within the skill stream, out of a total 190,000 new migrants between July 2013 and June 2014. He explained that 63 percent of skilled visas had been granted to occupational professionals, followed by technicians and trades workers, at 22 percent, and managers, at 9 percent.

The skill stream is targeted towards helping to fill identified skill shortages in the Australian economy, and the Minister described the figures as "a major boost to the Australian economy."

More than 60 percent of the skilled migration visas were delivered through the Employer Sponsored Workers scheme, popularly known as the "457 Visa," with 47,450 places. Business Innovation and Investment Visas accounted for 6,160 places, and State and Territory Nominated Skilled Visas for 24,656 places.

A further 32 percent of the migration program was accounted for through the family stream, which during the program year prioritized the reunion of partners and children.

Morrison added: "Delivery of a well-managed migration scheme demonstrates our capacity to carefully structure our programmes to deliver the size and composition required to meet the needs of the Australian economy."

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