Australia will Accept 5000 More Immigrants in 2012-2013

Australia Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Bowen has announced an increase of 5000 additional immigrants quota in a bid to meet the skills shortages in Australian labour market during the year 2012-2013.

“The measured increase of 5000 places – from 185,000 to 190,000 – comes in the context of significant skills gaps in both the short and medium term in certain sectors of our patchwork economy,” Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP said.

Approximately 129250 immigrants will be accepted to receive the Australian residency under the skill work visas in year 2012-2013.

“It’s obviously important that people be able to live with family members, which is recognised in the increased places to help meet growing demand. Importantly, partners and children can also be great contributors to our nation’s productivity,” the Minister said.  There will be 60185 places for immigrants under the family visa in 2012-2013.

The Minister claims that Australian immigration program is not based on demands of those who are only seeking to gain the Australian residence without contributing to the Australian economy.

“Our skilled migration program is driven by Australia’s genuine skills needs and not simply by those who wish to become Australian residents. We believe we have the balance right,” Mr Bowen said.

“Further recent reforms have made employer-sponsored programs more streamlined and responsive,” Mr Bowen further said.

Australia will allow 565 under special eligibility class during 2012-2013.  Up to 16,000 places will be filled under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. It will ensure the growth of regional economies by fulfilling the skill requirements of the regional areas during the same period.

The Australian government is allocating additional financial resources for migration program to overcome the skill shortages in some sectors of the Australian economy.

The number of foreign students enrolling in Australian educational institutions is increasing significantly as a result of loosening of the student visa processing. The graduate students will play in important role in filling the gaps in future skilled shortage in Australian.




  1. Hi! I was an international student in 2007-2010 and grad a adv. dip in multimedia, I finished it that year but i also had probs with tribunal related stuff, on march 2012, my case got denied so i had to go back to home country, I recently applied but i got denied again coz I am banned for 3 years in any temporary visa.

    What can you suggest? I must come back to australia since I have some shares and also I have new house in there which is where my sister(on a student visa) and mom(on a 456 visa) is living at the moment. I would like to come back as fast as possible rather waiting for 3 yrs.

  2. Peter Moukas on

    Skilled workers and genuine people looking for work not unskilled refugees are wanted. If the world is worried about immigration problem there country should pledge something for the exchange. If the shoe was on the other foot , I’m positive that I would not be welcome there. But we are soft targets, cuddly animal friends and tree huggers. If they want to work whilst they are here , they can work. Also when they come here they are in our house do as we say, we have to follow there laws and respect there country they can do the same. The mining boom won’t last forever, nothing does so don’t accept people and then tell them to go in 2 or so years, that’s why my comment is whilst they are here they will have to work. I work 6 days a week and have had 2 holidays in just over 20 years and I don’t want to support people coming from another country so they can just lay around. No work no cash . These guys can have more holidays than me and they don’t even pay tax. If Australian Labour Party want to save money they can axe the politicians on going payments once they finish there terms. E.g Julia Gillard will receive her wages even when she is finally thrown out.

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