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Budget 2007: A prosperous cohesive nation [and] Fact sheet.



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Kevin Andrews MP Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

A Prosperous Cohesive Nation

Budget Media Release

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

The 2007-08 Migration Programme planning level will be set at 152,800 places. This level will help meet Australia’s labour force needs and maintain a strong cohesive community.

The Skilled Migration Stream will have a modest increase of 5,000 places with a total of 102,500 places for those with workforce and English language skills that will enable them to enter Australia and immediately contribute to the ongoing strength of our economy.

During the 2006-07 year the number of partner visas in the family scheme was increased by 4,000 places, this level will be maintained in the 2007-08 Migration Programme at 50,000 places.

The increased mobility of young professionals has created a higher demand for partner visas. Many young professionals travel internationally and develop relationships with other young skilled professionals.

This year’s migration programme continues the Australian Government’s focus of keeping the economy strong by keeping pace with the demand for skilled labour and ensuring we have a cohesive integrated community.

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Why is this important?

• The 2007-08 Migration Programme will help meet the labour force needs of our economy and maintain a strong cohesive community.

• The increased mobility of young professionals has created a higher demand for partner visas. Many young professionals travel internationally and develop relationships with other young skilled professionals.

• During the 2006-07 year the number of partner visas in the family scheme was increased by 4,000 places. This level will be maintained in the 2007-08 migration programme at 50,000 places.

Who will benefit?

• All Australians will benefit from this year’s programme; which will assist with skills shortages, support economic growth and ensure we continue to have a cohesive society.

• Those seeking to live and work in Australia who have the required workforce and English language skills.

• Australians seeking to have their spouse join them in Australia.

What funding is the government committing to the initiative?

• The government is providing new funding of $310 million over the four years from 2007-08.

When will the initiative conclude?

• The programme will be reviewed in the 2008-09 Budget.