Family stream migration is one of the main components of Australia's Migration
Programme. The family stream consisted of 60 885 visas in 2013-14. The 2013-14
family stream contained 47 525 partner visas, 3850 child visas, 8925 parent
visas and 585 other family visas. The planning levels for the family stream
in 201415 is set at 60 885 visas. This represents 32 per cent of the
total Migration Programme planning level for 201415, which has been
set at 190 000 places.
Family stream migrants are selected on the basis of their family relationship
with their sponsor in Australia. There is no test for skills or language
ability as required for skilled stream migrants. Family stream migration
has four main categoriespartner, child, parent and other family
visa categories. However, we have covered only the first three categories
in our website.