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Introducing a temporary visa ​for parents

The Australian public is invited to provide their views on the development of a new visa for parents of Australians. This invitation is in response to the Government’s election commitment announcement of 21 June 2016 that indicated it would enhance existing visa arrangements to enable sponsored parents to visit their family in Australia for a continuous period of up to five years, if re-elected.

The Australian Government believes that parents should have the opportunity to visit children and grandchildren who live in Australia as long as parents and their sponsors can satisfy community expectations and that their stay in Australia does not have an undue cost impact on the Australian community. While several visa options are already available for parents to spend time with their family in Australia, community feedback indicates that a fresh approach should be considered.

See Discussion paper: Introducing a temporary visa for parents​ for more information.

The closing date for written submissions is midnight, Monday 31 October 2016 - Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

Customs licensing review - update

The focus of the review into licensing regimes under the Customs Act 1901 (as announced in November 2015) was to work with industry and other government departments to identify opportunities to streamline, improve and deregulate the existing licensing regimes.

Given the recent allegations of corruption within licensed entities, we have decided to broaden the scope of the review to specifically focus on the integrity of the licensing regimes and to identify further measures to strengthen the licensing regimes against corruption. We recognise that to be successful, this needs to be done in collaboration with industry. We acknowledge that the allegations relate to a small minority of licensed entities; the vast majority of licensees perform their trusted role with integrity and professionalism.

We will continue the consultative nature of the review and seek input and advice from industry. We will engage with industry on options to strengthen the integrity of the licensing regimes and to ensure we have a holistic and integrated system. Details on how you can be involved and timeframes will be provided shortly.

We are committed to working with industry to ensure that the future licensing regimes have the right checks and balances in place. Additionally, we value industry’s contribution and assistance to the review.

Customs Act 1901 Definition of ‘owner’ – draft notices open for consultation

We are seeking to receive submissions on the two draft DIBP Notices listed​ below. These notices concern the definition of ‘owner’ as set out in section 4 of the Customs Act 1901 and discuss liability for customs duty. Submissions can be submitted to importexportpolicy@border.gov.au. The​ closing date for submissions has been extended to Friday 27 May 2016.

Australia’s Humanitarian Programme 2016-17

Australia operates a dedicated Humanitarian Programme that offers resettlement for refugees and others overseas who are in humanitarian need, and protection for people who arrive lawfully in Australia and engage Australia’s protection obligations.

Each year, the Australian Government seeks the views of the Australian public on the Humanitarian Programme. These views are taken into consideration in programme planning and development.

We have released the Humanitarian Programme 2016-17 discussion paper (537KB PDF) that outlines how the Humanitarian Programme currently operates and provides information on its management, size and composition over previous years. Note that regional processing arrangements and Australia’s management of the illegal maritime arrival legacy caseload are not within the scope of this discussion paper.

We invite all interested people and organisations to make a written submission. To guide submissions, we are particularly seeking answers to the following questions:

  1. In your view, how many places should Australia attribute to the offshore component of its Humanitarian Programme?
  2. What do you think should be the proportion split between the Special Humanitarian Programme and Refugee categories in the offshore component of its Humanitarian Programme?
  3. To which regions (Africa, Asia or Middle East) do you think most places should be allocated?
  4. In your view, how important is the Woman at Risk programme?
  5. Should the available places under the Community Proposal Pilot be increased?
  6. Do you have other comments, particularly on the offshore component of the 2016-17 Programme?

Send your submissions to humanitarian.policy@border.gov.au by Sunday 27 March 2016.

Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) review

On 23 December 2015 the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, announced that Mr John Azarias had been appointed to undertake an evidence-based review of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT). Mr Azarias will provide a report to Government at the end of April 2016. Further information is available at: Review of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT).​

Review of all customs licensing arrangements

Submissions are now closed.

We would like to thank those who took the time to respond to the review into all licensing regimes under the Customs Act 1901, including the licensing of customs brokers, depots and warehouses.

See Review of all customs licensing arrangements for more information, including timeframes, terms of reference and the discussion paper.

Any queries regarding the review should be directed to licensingreview@border.gov.au.​