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Submissions and discussion papers

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.

The 2015 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 licensingreview@border.gov.au.

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

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 2017-18 discussion paper (488KB PDF) that outlines how the Humanitarian Programme currently operates and provides information on its management 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 putting forward your views on the composition of the 2017-18 Humanitarian Programme. To guide submissions, we are particularly seeking answers to the following questions:

  1. In the global context, there are large numbers of people in need of resettlement and limited places available in Australia. What should Australia’s priorities be for accepting refugees and humanitarian entrants, including those in protracted situations?
  2. What can the Australian Government do to encourage involvement from the private, educational and community sectors to assist humanitarian entrants to secure stable employment and achieve self-sufficiency?
  3. Do you have other comments on the offshore component of the 2017–18 Humanitarian Programme?

Send your submissions to humanitarian.policy@border.gov.au by Friday 19 May 2017.

Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) review

The Review of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) report was released on 24 February 2017. The review was undertaken by Mr John Azarias.