Review of Australia’s business, investment and talent visas
We are conducting a review of Australia’s business, investment and talent visas. The review will assess whether these visa programmes enable Australia to target and attract the best business migrants, entrepreneurs, investors and distinguished talents who will make a valuable contribution. We invite the Australian public to provide views on the current state of relevant programmes to inform the review.
The review will examine the following visa programmes:
- The Business Innovation and Investment visa programme (BIIP) (subclasses 188, 888, 132)
- The Distinguished Talent (DT) visa programme (subclasses 124, 858)
- The Investor Retirement (subclass 405) visa.
We welcome written submissions to inform this review, particularly in respect of the consultation questions available at
Review of Australia’s business, investment and talent visas (292KB PDF).
Email your submissions to
ICAP@border.gov.au by close of business
31 July 2017. Submissions received after this deadline may not be considered.
Strengthening the test for Australian Citizenship
The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was introduced into Parliament on 15 June 2017.
This is the next step in the process to implement the commitment made by the Australian Government on 20 April 2017, for citizenship applicants to pledge their allegiance to Australia and undertake to uphold Australian values and demonstrate their contribution to the Australian community.
This Bill implements the commitment made by the Australian Government to strengthen the requirements for Australian citizenship and the integrity and effectiveness of the citizenship programme, providing a clear legislative framework to underpin the Government's policy.
The measures set out in this Bill are integral to Australia’s our future as a strong and successful multicultural nation, united by our allegiance to Australia and committed to freedom and prosperity.
National Consultation on Citizenship – Your Right, Your Responsibility (1MB PDF) indicated strong community support for strengthening the test for Australian citizenship. The Australian Government is strengthening the test for Australian citizenship in response to this consultation.
The proposed changes are outlined in
Strengthening the test for Australian Citizenship (9.14 MB PDF)
Review of customs licensing regimes
We have released the Final Report of the Review of all licensing regimes under the Customs Act 1901. The report outlines the findings of the Review and sets out the 15 recommendations.
We appreciate the contribution to the Review, particularly submissions, feedback on the Issues Paper, and attendance at the workshops.
The Department will continue to work with stakeholders during the implementation of the recommendations.
Any queries regarding the Final Report should be directed to
Introducing a temporary visa for parents
The submission period in response to the discussion paper, closed on midnight, Monday 31 October 2016 (AEDT).
On Friday 5 May 2017, the Government announced the introduction of the new temporary sponsored parent visa for parents of Australians during the 2017–18 Migration Programme year. The new visa will allow Australians to sponsor their parents to stay in Australia for up to five years at a time.
For more information see:
Introducing the temporary sponsored parent visa
Australia’s Humanitarian Programme 2017-18
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 released the Humanitarian Programme 2017-18 discussion paper (488KB PDF) and invited all interested people and organisations to make a written submission on the composition of the 2017-18 Humanitarian Programme.
Submissions are now closed and have been considered.
Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) review
Review of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) report was released on 24 February 2017. The review was undertaken by Mr John Azarias.