On the morning of August 24, 2023, the Australian Department of Immigration issued a final announcement regarding the planned levels for the Migration Program for the financial year 2023 – 2024.

It’s important to highlight that there has been a significant reduction in the allocation of state nominations for all states and territories when compared to the previous year. The decrease in allocations from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will notably impact individuals aspiring to attain Australia’s Permanent Residency (PR). Given the diminished allocation for state and territory nominations this year, we anticipate a rise in the minimum scores required for receiving an invitation for candidates. This points towards a year of heightened competition among candidates participating in the Australian immigration process.

However, it’s imperative to recognize that this challenge is universally experienced by all candidates seeking state nominations; it is not designed to target any particular individual. Instead of succumbing to excessive concern during this crucial juncture, it is advisable to remain dedicated to your goals. The opportunity persists for those who can methodically plan a viable path forward, formulate a sound strategy, and cultivate a competitive edge for their profile.

As viewed from the perspective of a migration agent, we regard this as a period marked by both challenges and prospects. For candidates who have not yet undergone a Skill Assessment, this presents a prime opportunity. Due to the decreased allocations for each state, most states have refrained from issuing the initial invitation rounds in this fiscal year, in contrast to the same period last year. As the number of invitations issued by states increases gradually, candidates who have already possessed a valid Skills Assessment will find themselves awaiting invitation alongside you. This is the right time to to complete your skill assessment and meticulously prepare your profile.

For those candidates who have already obtained a Skills Assessment, it is paramount to utilize this time diligently. Enhance your score through various means, such as improving your PTE score or securing a job aligned with your nominated occupation to accrue additional work experience points.

Additionally, it’s noteworthy that the majority of Skill Assessment outcomes remain valid for a span of three years, affording you the opportunity to wait for invitation rounds in this fiscal year or even in the subsequent fiscal year. This phase is an occasion for individuals with an existing Skills Assessment to persistently exert effort in enhancing their performance across all feasible dimensions, such as PTE score, thereby laying the groundwork for seizing opportunities in the future.

On the whole, the recent updates indicate that the year 2023 – 2024 will present substantial challenges for immigration to Australia under the skilled visa category, particularly in relation to State and territory nominated visa categories. Candidates will undoubtedly confront diverse obstacles, yet it’s crucial to understand that these are not individual predicaments. At this juncture, the paramount focus should be on adopting a resolute and serious attitude, unwavering determination, directing attention solely towards one’s own pathway, and utilising available resources to promptly adapt and respond to forthcoming changes.

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