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State nomination visas 190 and 491 are reduced by around 70%

There are massive reductions of around 70% to all the state nomination allocations for General Skills Migration (GSM) for 190 and 491 visas. These allocations were released by the federal government on Thursday, August 25th.

We have created a chart to compare last year’s allocations with this year’s, and percentage cuts. The shocking overall numbers are that the combined state allocations for 190 and 491 visas in 2022-23 were 62,416, while for 2023-24, the number has reduced to just 16,700.

 

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Numbers of allocations in 2022-23:

State

Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa

Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa

A total of 491 and 190 allocations

ACT

2025

2025

4,050

NSW

9,108

6,168

15,276

NT

600

1400

2,000

QLD

3000

2000

5,000

SA

3,000

5,800

8,800

TAS

2150

2100

4,250

VIC

12,900

2000

14,900

WA

5,350

2790

8,140

Total

38,133

24,283

62,416

 

Numbers of allocations in 2023-24:

State

Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa

Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa

A total of 491 and 190 allocations

ACT

600

600

1,200

NSW

2,650

1,500

4,150

NT

250

400

650

QLD

900

650

1,550

SA

1,100

1,200

2,300

TAS

600

600

1,200

VIC

2,700

600

3,300

WA

1,500

850

2,350

Total

10,300

6,400

16,700

 

The state with the highest reduction was Victoria, with a combined cut of 74.53% for visas 190 and 491. Following closely was New South Wales with 73.29%, Tasmania with 71.76%, South Australia with 71.32%, Western Australia with 70.75%, Australian Capital Territory with 70.37%, Queensland with 68.75%, and with the lowest but still substantial reduction, Northern Territory with 64.88%. When all states are considered, the overall average reduction in state nomination visas 190 and 491 for 2023-24 is 73.32%, compared to 2022-23, as you can see in the table below:

 

Percentage cuts:

State

190 Cut by

491 Cut by

Total cut %

VIC

79.07%

70.00%

74.53%

NSW

70.90%

75.68%

73.29%

TAS

72.09%

71.43%

71.76%

SA

63.33%

79.31%

71.32%

WA

71.96%

69.53%

70.75%

ACT

70.37%

70.37%

70.37%

QLD

70.00%

67.50%

68.75%

NT

58.33%

71.43%

64.88%

Total

72.99%

73.64%

73.32%

 

Some states have already announced their reductions, while we are still waiting for news from other states. We will update as soon as we have more information.

 

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory announced today that it has a 70% reduction in allocations. It will be holding its first invitation round on 29 September.

Read more: https://www.act.gov.au/migration

 

South Australia

South Australia has announced that the state government's allocation of 2,300 nomination places contrasts significantly with the 8,800 places assigned in the previous year. Despite this change, South Australia remains committed to supporting priority industries with the limited places available, including our focus on attracting overseas skilled migrants in critical sectors such as Health and Defence.

Updates on the 2023–2024 General Skills Migration (GSM) program are expected soon, with the finalization of GSM applications from the 2022–2023 financial year in the coming weeks.

Read more: https://migration.sa.gov.au/news-events/skilled-and-business-migration-update-2023-24-nomination-allocations

 

Western Australia

Premier Roger Cook is calling on the Federal Government to reverse a decision to slash WA’s nominated skilled migrant intake by 70%. In the Western Australian, he says that workers are “desperately” needed to build new homes and fill a range of jobs.

Based on the new allocations, Western Australia’s skilled nominated visa allocation will drop from 5350 to 1500, while skilled work regional visa will plummet from 2790 to 850.

 

Sources:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/migration-program-planning-levels?fbclid=IwAR0yKGvYqtJrAPKMoYngxdZoGG1mQre2rFawfz2XAWYSvuXnKgfDpZxG9TU

https://www.migration.tas.gov.au/news/2023-24_program_allocations

https://migration.sa.gov.au/news-events/skilled-and-business-migration-update-2023-24-nomination-allocations

https://www.act.gov.au/migration/skilled-migrants

 

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