There are many ways an individual or family can migrate to Australia:
Australian Skilled Migration Visas enable highly skilled migrants to permanently move to Australia to fill shortages in the Australian workforce. A successful applicant will be entitled to work and live (and study) in Australia permanently (initially on a five year multiple entry visa, which can be extended after two years) – including receiving the benefits of an Australian Permanent Resident such as government-funded healthcare and other benefits. After four years in Australia the resident can be eligible for Australian citizenship.
Australian Family Visas enable family members to join their family in Australia, if they have a family member who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Migration options are also available for people to invest and/or start a business in Australia. Some of these visas are detailed below. Most require a provisional (temporary) visa first.