A new allocation of visas for 2012/13:
190,000 visas are to be granted, of which 129,250 places are reserved for the Skilled Migration Program(which includes skilled and work visas).
This means that almost 70% of all visas relate to skilled visas (Skilled Independent, Employer Sponsored, State and Territory Sponsored, and Skilled Australian Sponsored (Family Sponsored) applicants)).
How priority 5 applications are to be dealt with:
16,350 Skilled Independent cases are yet to be processed, and represent approximately 27,600 applicants in Priority Group 5 awaiting allocation.
Priority Group 5 applicants still face a considerable wait until their application is processed with the DIAC warning that all priority 5 applicants that further delay is likely.
To get priority in the queue, The Migration Place recommends lodging an EOI profile with SkillSelect, or to seek State or Regional Sponsorship (where your visa was lodged before 1 July 2010 ).