Federal Budget Highlights - Increasing skilled migration.

The government is making sure the system brings in the necessary skilled immigrants, among other things by:

Giving qualified immigrants around 70% of available spots in the permanent migration programme for 2023–2024, resulting in long-term budgetary and economic gains and solving ongoing skill shortages.

  • Increase in TSMIT ensure that skilled migration parameters are better targeted, the temporary skilled migration income threshold was raised to $70,000.
  • Until December 31, 2023, overseas students who work in the aged care industry from the limits on fortnightly work hours (They can work Full-time).
  • Provide additional training places for Pacific Islanders. Grant Temporary Graduate Visa holders with Select Degrees an Additional 2 Year of Post-Study Work Rights.
  • Beginning on July 1, 2023, the government will raise the visa application charges (VACs). In addition to the normal CPI indexation, VACs for visa applications will rise by 6 percentage points, 15 percentage points more for a few categories of tourist and temporary visas, and 40 percentage points more for business innovation and investment visas.

The Government will restore the planned level for the 2023–24 permanent Migration Programme to the longer-term level of 190,000 seats and will assign 137,100 places (about 70%) to the Skill stream, helping to fulfill Australia's longer-term skill needs.

The government will make it easier for those with Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (subclass 482) visas to become permanent residents. Restrictions will be lifted to give TSS visa holders access to permanent residency paths through the Employer for the short-term stream.

Visa for the Nomination Scheme (subclass 186). Additionally, the short-term stream TSS visa will no longer be limited to a single onshore renewal. To boost the supply of talented workers, the government will extend the post-study employment period for qualifying overseas higher education graduates of Australian institutions by an additional two years. This restriction will take effect on July 1, 2023.

Following its repeal during the COVID-19 epidemic, the work hour restriction for those with foreign student visas will be reinstituted as of 1 July 2023. It will rise from pre-pandemic levels to 48 hours every two weeks by an additional 8 hours. Up to December 31, 2023, international students who work in the elderly care industry are free from the 48-hour workweek restriction.

These modifications follow the advice given to the government in the Post Study Work Rights Working Group's report from October 2022. According to estimates, the expansion of post-study employment rights will result in $800.0 million more in revenues and $185.6 million more in payments, including a $185.0 million increase in GST payments to the states and territories over the course of five years beginning in 2022–2023. It is predicted that restoring the work-hour cap for overseas students throughout the five years starting in 2022–2023 will raise revenues in an immeasurable manner.