Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Media release

Outcomes of the 2019-20 Migration Program


​The Government has published the detailed outcomes from the 2019-20 Migration Program.

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), including 4,109 places under the highly skilled Global Talent – Independent program, launched in November 2019.

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.

There were also 13,171 visas granted in the Humanitarian Program in 2019-20, including 4,765 visas (45 per cent) for those who were referred for settlement in regional areas.

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.

Further information on Australia's 2019-20 Permanent Migration Program and Humanitarian Program is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.


Stream and CategoryOutcome
Skill Stream 
Employer Sponsored29,261
Skilled Independent12,986
     Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional8,372
     Skilled Work Regional15,000
Subtotal Regional23,372
State/Territory Nominated21,495
Business Innovation and Investment4,420
Global Talent4,109
Distinguished Talent200
Skill Total95,843
Family Stream 
Other Family444
Family Total41,961
Special Eligibility81
Total Migration Program 2019-20140,366



Offshore visas 
Refugee category visas6,422
Special Humanitarian Program (SHP) visas5,099
Offshore visas total11,521
Onshore visa
Onshore visas total1,650
Total Humanitarian Program 2019-2013,171