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The Senate Select Committee on Temporary Migration (the committee) was established on 5 December 2019, pursuant to the agreement of the Senate, to inquire and report on the impact temporary migration has on the Australian economy, wages and jobs, social cohesion and workplace rights and conditions, with particular reference to:

(a) government policy settings, including their impact on the employment prospects and social cohesion of Australians;

(b)the impact of temporary skilled and unskilled migration on Australia's labour market;

(c) policy responses to challenges posed by temporary migration;

(d) whether permanent migration offers better long-term benefits for Australia's economy, Australian workers and social cohesion;

(e) the impact of wage theft, breaches of workplace rights and conditions, modern slavery and human trafficking on temporary migrants; and

(f) any related matters.

The report is structured as follows:

  • Chapter 1 provides information about the context and administrative details of the inquiry;
  • Chapter 2 provides an overview of Australia's temporary migration programme;
  • Chapter 3 examines temporary migration and the Australian economy and labour market;
  • Chapter 4 explores the exploitation of temporary visa holders in Australian workplaces;
  • Chapter 5 considers pathways to permanency;
  • Chapter 6 examines improvements to Australia's regulatory framework; and
  • Chapter 7 concludes with the committee view and recommendations.
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