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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)

Submissions are now closed.  For more information, see 'What's new for Australian citizenship'.

Review of customs licensing regimes

The Department is now implementing the 15 recommendations from the Review of all licensing regimes under the Customs Act 1901.

Implementation of the recommendations will include consultation with industry and other Government agencies and be completed by December 2020.

Any queries regarding implementation 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

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

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.