Appendix C: glossary of acronyms and terms

CSL Critical Skills List
DIAC Department of Immigration and Citizenship
DIBP Department of Immigration and Border Protection
DIMA Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
DIMIA Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs
ELICOS English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students
GSM The General Skilled Migration program is a component of the skilled migration stream of the annual Migration Program. The GSM program is open to skilled migrants who are not sponsored by an employer. The options open to applicants under the GSM include, applying as independent applicants, sponsorship by a relative or nomination by a State or Territory government.
Immigration program In this paper refers to the entirety of Australia’s annual migrant intake in both permanent and temporary categories. The reference to the immigration program in this paper is distinct from the official Migration Program, announced annually by DIBP. In addition to the entry of permanent migrants under the Migration Program, Australia also accepts various categories of temporary migrants, whose numbers are not fixed by the Government.
Migration Program Refers to the Government’s official, non-humanitarian, permanent migration program, comprising mainly of the skilled and family migration categories. The Migration Program operates within planning levels that are set by the Government every financial year.
MODL Migration Occupations in Demand List
Overseas student program Comprises visa categories that enable foreign nationals to enter Australia on a temporary basis in order to undertake full time study.
Skilled migrant intake Includes reference to both permanent and temporary skilled migrants entering Australia as part of the overall migrant intake.
Skilled migration program Refers to permanent skilled migration under both the employer-sponsored and GSM categories of the annual Migration Program. 
SOL Skilled Occupations List
Temporary migration Refers to migrants who enter Australia on a temporary visa, such as business or student visa. Unlike the Migration Program, which is capped annually, the number of visas granted under temporary entry visa categories is not pre-determined by the government, but are rather driven by the supply of applicants under these categories.
VET Vocational Education and Training


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