Australia | Home Affairs Announces Immigration Reform Actions

Australia Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Clare O’Neil, outlined changes to Australia’s Migration System at the National Press Club address on April 27, 2023. The official announcement is available here. Earlier this year, O’Neil identified areas for improvement, including missed opportunities and outdated systems.
Key Highlights
  • First, as of July 1, 2023, the temporary skilled migration income threshold, or the ‘TSMIT’, will increase from $53,900 to $70,000.
    • This is the first increase in a decade.
  • Second, by the end of 2023, all temporary skilled workers will have a pathway to permanent residency.
    • This does not mean an expansion of the capped permanent program or more people. It would allow a group of temporary workers who had been denied the opportunity to apply for permanent residency to do so.
  • Third, building strategic permanent residency pathways for certain Student Visa holders.
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