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Migrant Intake into Australia

Public inquiry

This inquiry has concluded. A public inquiry into the greater use of charges relative to quotas and qualitative criteria to determine the intake of temporary and permanent entrants into Australia.

  • Issues paper 1 May 2015
  • Draft report 13 Nov 2015
  • Inquiry report 12 Sep 2016

The issues paper is available and it covers a range of issues on which the Commission sought information and feedback, and was intended to assist you in preparing a submission.

Initial submissions were due 12 June 2015.

Read the issues paper

You were invited to examine the draft report and to make written submissions by 18 December 2015.

Please note: The draft report is for research purposes only. For final outcomes of this inquiry refer to the inquiry report.

View the draft report

The inquiry report was handed to the Australian Government on 13 April 2016 and publicly released on 12 September 2016.

Read the inquiry report

In undertaking this inquiry, the Commission used evidence from Australia and overseas to report on and make recommendations about the following:

  • The benefits and costs of permanent migration.
  • The scope to use alternative methods for determining the intake of permanent migrants and the effects these would have. This should include examination of a specific scenario in which entry charges for migrants are the primary basis for the selection of migrants.
  • The benefits and costs of temporary migration with an examination of the use of charges as the primary basis for regulating the level and composition of this migration.
  • Mechanisms for achieving an optimal interaction between temporary and permanent migration.