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Family Visa Caps Announced by Australian Government

Family Visa Caps

Australian Family Visa Allocations for FY 2023-24 Defined


The Australian Government, through the Migration (Granting of Contributory Parent Visas, Parent Visas and Other Family Visas During Financial Year 2023-2024) Instrument (LIN 24/004) 2024, has established the visa caps for the 2023-2024 fiscal year, pinpointing the exact number of visas to be granted across various family visa categories. This directive aims to manage the intake of family-based migration, ensuring a balanced approach to reunification and support within the Australian community.


Contributory Parent Visa Quotas:


For the 2023-2024 financial year, a total of 6,800 Contributory Parent visas will be available, distributed among the following subclasses:


  • Contributory Parent (Migrant) Subclass 143, including a specific allocation of 112 visas for the Retiree Pathway.
  • Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) Subclass 864.
  • Contributory Parent (Temporary) Subclass 173 and Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Subclass 884.


Parent Visa Allocations:


The allocation for Parent visas stands at 1,700 for the year, covering:


  • Parent (Migrant) Subclass 103, with 13 visas earmarked for the Retiree Pathway.
  • Aged Parent (Residence) Subclass 804.


Other Family Visa Caps:


Other Family visas, which include visas for aged dependent relatives, remaining relatives, and carers, have been capped at 500. This includes:


  • Other Family (Migrant) Subclass 114 (Aged Dependent relative), Subclass 115 (Remaining relative), and Subclass 116 (Carer).
  • Other Family (Residence) Subclass 835 (Remaining relative), Subclass 836 (Carer), and Subclass 838 (Aged Dependent relative).


Effective Period and Implications:


This instrument comes into effect on 3 April 2024 and will self-repeal on 1 July 2024, outlining a temporary period during which these caps will guide the granting of family visas. The allocations reflect the government’s strategic planning in migration management, prioritizing family reunification while balancing the nation’s demographic and labour market needs.


For individuals and families planning to apply for these visa categories, understanding the caps and timing is crucial for successful application planning. Detailed information and guidelines can be found on the official legislation page.


For any questions regarding the new family visa caps or other immigration matters, please reach out to our team at Our immigration experts are ready to provide guidance and support to navigate these updates and optimise your family’s migration plan to Australia.

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