Changes to South Australia’s General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program for 2023/24


The Commonwealth Government has announced a significant reduction in visa nomination allocations for South Australia’s General Skilled Migration (GSM) program from 8,800 places in the 2022/23 year to 2,300 places for the upcoming 2023/24 year.

This decision has garnered attention from individuals, businesses, and migrant hopefuls alike.

Traditionally, the GSM program has been a pathway for skilled migrants to contribute to South Australia’s economy and workforce, and comprises of the following three visa subclasses:

  1. Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)
  2. Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)
  3. Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491)


Supporting Critical Industries


Despite the reduced allocation, South Australia remains committed to supporting its priority industries such as Health and Defence through the GSM program.

This strategic approach ensures that the limited nomination places available are utilised to address the most pressing workforce needs of the State.


What’s Next for GSM Applicants?


On 27 September 2023, the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program officially opened for onshore and offshore applicants.

In order to manage the high demand for state nominations, South Australia has switched to a Registration of Interest process. This creates a more competitive environment for prospective applicants.

Read more about South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List 2023/24 here.


Business Innovation & Investment Program (BIIP) Changes


The Commonwealth Government’s decision affects not only the GSM program but also the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP).

South Australia has not been granted any nomination places for the BIIP in the upcoming 2023/24 year.

However, a silver lining exists for current Business Innovation & Investment Visa (Subclass 188) holders, as they are eligible to seek nomination for the extension stream or the Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) Visa (Subclass 888) during the 23/24 year.

These categories remain unaffected by the cap, providing an avenue for business and investor migrants to explore.


Final Observations


As the migration landscape undergoes unexpected shifts, it is essential for applicants, businesses, and stakeholders to stay informed about the latest updates.

The Commonwealth Government’s decision regarding the GSM program and the BIIP highlights the dynamic nature of migration policies and the need for adaptability in planning migration journeys.


Contact Us


To learn more about the changes to South Australia’s General Skilled Migration (GSM) program for 2023/24 or to discuss alternative visa options, contact Bambrick Legal today and schedule a consultation with our migration team.

Please note: Our migration and citizenship consultations are provided on a fee basis.

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