Updates to Australias Immigration Points System

Updates to Australias Immigration Points System:

Updates to Australia's Immigration Points System – Driving Australia's Long-Term Prosperity:

The Albanese Government continues its efforts to reform Australia's migration system, aiming to rectify neglect and mismanagement from the former government.

Last year, a Migration Strategy was released with the goal of creating a smaller, higher-quality, and better-planned migration program. This strategy has resulted in significant reductions in the migration rate.

The government is now focusing on reforming the Points Test, which has not been updated since 2012. This test plays a crucial role in selecting almost two-thirds of permanent skilled migrants, determining who comes to Australia permanently and becomes future citizens. The current Points Test is considered inadequate for identifying applicants who can contribute to Australia over the long term.


Key Changes:

The recent modifications aim to enhance the migration of workers to regional areas by adjusting five key areas of the point system. These changes include:

  • Increasing points to 15 for nomination by a State or Territory government or sponsorship by a family member residing in regional Australia, allowing for living and working in the region.
  • Awarding 10 points for a skilled spouse or de facto partner.
  • Adding 10 points for specific STEM qualifications.
  • Allocating 5 points for a de facto partner with 'competent English'.
  • Providing 10 points for applicants without a spouse or de facto partner.


Furthermore, The Migration Review recommended a recalibrated Points Test to be the core of the future permanent skilled migration program. This reformed test should focus on:

  • Characteristics associated with migrants finding skilled work.
  • Target skills Australia needs.
  • Giving realistic expectations to applicants.
  • Considering the potential contributions of partners.
  • Reflecting the longer contribution potential of younger migrants.


Similarly, the government has initiated work on reforming the Points Test by commissioning the Australian National University to analyze factors driving success in Australia. This discussion paper seeks to:

  • Improve the Points Test to meet migration system objectives.
  • Enhance living standards.
  • Create a more efficient and fair system for migrants choosing to build their lives in Australia.


Minister for Home Affairs Clare O'Neil emphasised the government's commitment to building a smaller, better-planned, and more strategic migration system. She highlighted the significant reduction in migration levels, focusing on ensuring that the smaller program brings in people with the necessary skills to build Australia's future.


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