Working paper

4 Mar 2019

New Zealand has a long history of migration from the Pacific. This research uses the Longitudinal Immigration Survey New Zealand (LISNZ) and Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure to focus on differences in outcomes between migrants from different Pacific countries who gained residence approval under...


21 Feb 2019

Long-term permanent residents of Australia from all countries must understand that they are not protected from possible deportation for criminal activity, regardless of the length of time they have lived in Australia.

Briefing paper

31 Oct 2018

This policy brief examines the impacts of tightening family visa pathways for migrant grandparents and transnational family life.


19 Sep 2018

The inquiry relates, in the first instance, to two interventions by the then Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, under section 195A of the Migration Act 1958 (the Act).


17 Sep 2018

Introducing yet another special agricultural employment visa might destroy the good things about the ones we've got, writes Stephen Howes.


18 Jul 2018

The focus of this study is the direct cost of offences committed by organised crime offenders, and the cost of prison sentences associated with these offences.


15 Jul 2018

Has stricter vetting really reduced Australia’s migrant intake?

Fact sheet

19 Mar 2018

A new visa scheme to attract highly skilled global talent and deliver innovation to Australia will be piloted from 1 July of this year.

Blog post

8 Mar 2018

In March 2018, the 457 Visa will be formally abolished and replaced by the Temporary Skills Shortage visa. This FlagPost analyses one part of the visa in an attempt to understand how its credibility may have changed over time.

Discussion paper

1 Aug 2017

This discussion paper provides a general overview of the Australia’s visa system, which the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been tasked with reviewing.



18 Apr 2017

The Turnbull Government is axing the 457 Visa program and replacing it with a new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa. This comes after a history of problems with the 457 program, including uncovered abuse of workers.

The new scheme will be made up of two...


20 Mar 2017

Temporary entrants are an important and growing part of the Australian population, with the latest available figures from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) showing close to 1.2 million temporary visa holders in the country as at 30 June 2016. This includes over...


18 Jan 2017


Australia is considered to be one of the world’s major ‘immigration nations‘(together with New Zealand, Canada and the USA). Since 1945, when the first federal immigration portfolio was created, over 7.5 million people have settled here and Australia’s overseas-born resident population—estimated to...

Audio interview

1 Nov 2016

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has expressed 'deep concern' at the government's proposal to ban refugees who arrive by boat from ever entering Australia.

The UN body has reminded the Turnbull government that Australia has a responsibility to offer protection to all...



12 Oct 2016

After a call for submissions, the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee has recommended that the Senate pass the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016. This is despite 11 of the 14 submissions indicating that they did not support the amendments....

Discussion paper

23 Sep 2016

The Australian public is invited to provide their views on the development of a new visa for parents of Australians. This invitation is in response to the Government’s election commitment announcement of 21 June 2016 that indicated it would enhance existing visa arrangements to enable...


26 Jul 2016


One of the most significant changes to Australia’s immigration flows over the last two decades has been the growth of long-term (12 months or more) temporary migration. While some of this growth can be attributed to increases in arrivals of overseas students...


22 Jun 2016

Under Australia’s Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program, young people (aged 18 to 30 years) from certain countries may apply for one of two visas—Working Holiday (subclass 417) or Work and Holiday (subclass 462). The visa available to applicants depends on their country of citizenship, but...


17 Mar 2016

This report examines the impact of Australia's temporary work visa programs on the Australian labour market and on the temporary work visa holders.

Although a range of varied and specific matters were raised during the course of the inquiry, certain themes run across one...

Policy report

3 Oct 2015

Citizenship provides refugees with a sense of meaningful security and protection, and better enables them to sponsor family members for Australian visas and travel to visit family. This research raises serious questions about discrimination in access to citizenship for refugees who came by boat to...



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