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Report

One region, one family, one future: deepening relations with the Pacific nations through trade

The global coronavirus pandemic has closed borders across the Pacific region since 2020 and subsequently disrupted tourism and trade between Australia and many Pacific island countries. This report outlines the significant role the Australian economy may be able to play in the region, through improved...
Policy report

Supporting economic growth in uncertain times

This report recommends that the Australian government should allow Temporary Protection visa (TPV) and Safe Haven Enterprise visa (SHEV) holders to access a simplified residency pathway.
Report

Senate Select Committee on Temporary Migration: final report

This inquiry was initiated to examine the impact temporary migration has on the Australian economy, wages and jobs, social cohesion and workplace rights and conditions. The primary recommendation stemming from this inquiry is that a comprehensive review be undertaken of Australia's visa system, with the...
Report

Final report of the Inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker Program

The focus of the terms of reference for this inquiry was, in part, on the economic impact of the disruption of access to Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Report

Final report of the Inquiry into Australia's Skilled Migration Program

In gathering evidence for this final report, the Committee considered skilled migration in the context of the other levers available to government. It became apparent that greater coordination of effort across the Commonwealth and across jurisdictions is needed to identify labour shortages and formulate the...
Report

Rethinking permanent skilled migration after the pandemic

Before COVID-19, Australia was one of the world’s most open countries for migration. However, recent travel restrictions have brought migration to a standstill. This report shows how Australia’s permanent skilled migration program should change when borders are reopened.
Report

Interim report of the Inquiry into Australia's Skilled Migration Program

COVID-19 has had a significant effect on Australia’s workforce. This interim report makes recommendations specifically to deal with the economic effects of the pandemic.
Report

Governance of the Seasonal Worker Programme in Australia and sending countries

From a slow start in 2008, Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) has become a growing source of employment in the Pacific, and an important part of the seasonal workforce for Australian farmers. This report recommends ways to improve SWP governance, both in Australia and in...
Report

Interim report of the Inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker Program

The Joint Committee on Migration has decided to produce this interim report for the inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker Program because of the urgent need to address the substantial labour shortages Australia’s agricultural and horticultural industry is facing for the upcoming harvest season.
Briefing paper

COVID-19 and humanitarian migrants on temporary visas: assessing the public costs

This paper examines how unemployment and income loss for temporary humanitarian visa holders impacts on their health and well-being, and projects some of the subsequent fiscal implications for State and Territory governments.