The planning level under the Migration Program for 2002–03 is 100,000–110,000. This compares with program outcomes of 62 800 in 1993–94, 76 500 in 1994–95, 82 500 in 1995–96, 73 900 in 1996–97,

76 100 in 1997–98, 67 900 in 1998–99, 70 200 in 1999–00 and 93 080 in 2001–02.

The program planning level set by the Government ensures that the shift towards skilled migrants continues, with at least 58 per cent of new migrants selected from the Skill Stream. The program also includes a Skill Stream contingence reserve of 4000 places.

Migrants are chosen from two broad categories - Skill Stream and Family Stream - while the Humanitarian Program caters for those people from refugee or refugee-like situations in urgent need of resettlement.