Recently Australian immigration has introduced legislation, the Migration Amendment (Visa Capping) Bill 2010, that it is hoped will enable the Australian Government to have greater flexibility when setting immigration caps. The new Bill proposals are that the immigration minister could decide to end applications early, if for example it was felt that that there were enough applicants in a particular occupation. This will it is hoped enable the immigration minister to better target occupations that it is felt are needed by the Australian economy in the medium to long term.
Australian immigration stresses that they are currently not considering a new immigration cap. Australian immigration also says that if a student applies for General Skilled Migration and due to the cap the visa is not granted this will not affect the current student visa.