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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.

Customs licensing review – changes to timeframes

We appreciate the responses received from industry and government stakeholders as they have provided valuable information and suggestions. We received a total of 37 submissions.

We need to consult further with industry and government stakeholders to ensure we fully understand the complexity of the issues raised, their interrelationships with other programmes and processes, and their relationship to the entire supply chain. Therefore, we have decided to extend the timeframe for the review.

The draft recommendations will now be released on 11 July 2016 and the final report will be submitted to the Comptroller-General of Customs on 31 August 2016 for consideration.

See Review of all customs licensing arrangements for more information.

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.​