Permanent and temporary migration: a quick guide to key internet links

18 December 2013 

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Gareth Larsen
Social Policy


This Quick Guide provides key internet links to information about:

Note: Administrative Arrangements announced on 18 September 2013 have altered departmental responsibility for settlement and multicultural affairs. Therefore, links to the Australian Government websites listed below may change as new arrangements take effect.

Note: A separate immigration quick guide is available for Humanitarian entrants and asylum seekers.

General immigration resources

  • The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has responsibility for managing and reporting on entry, stay and departure arrangements for non-citizens, citizenship, ethnic affairs and customs and border control, providing a large array of statistical, research and policy-related information.
  • The Department of Social Services has responsibility for settlement and multicultural affairs, including Humanitarian Settlement Services, Settlement Grants Program, Complex Case Support, Diversity and Social Cohesion Program, Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants, and the Building Multicultural Communities Program.
  • The Department of Industry has responsibility for the Adult Migrant English Programme (AMEP).
  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics collects national and regional data along with select data from DIBP.
  • Tourism Australia also releases research and statistics including visitor arrival data, research reports and fact sheets.
  • The Migration Institute of Australia produces various reports, research and submissions on issues relevant to Registered Migration Agents (RMAs) and other migration professionals.
  • The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) is an advisory board to consider and provide advice in relation to migration agents.
  • The Parliamentary Library offers research briefs and general distribution publications on current legislation and on a wide range of other issues of interest to the Parliament including immigration.
  • The Productivity Commission produces research and advice on a range of economic, social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of Australians including immigration.
  • The Fair Work Ombudsman offers a single point of contact to get accurate and timely information about Australia’s workplace relations system.  
  • The Joint Standing Committee on Migration was established by a resolution of the House of Representatives and the Senate and conducts inquiries on migration-related issues.
  • The Migration Act 1958 underpins migration policy in Australia.

Broad Overview of Immigration

· The following DIBP fact sheets and publications provide summaries across immigration matters:

Permanent Migration


· DIBP fact sheets on Australia’s Skill Stream of the Migration Program include:


Temporary migration


· The following provide a general overview of temporary migration and conditions in Australia:

Temporary Work Visa (Subclass 457)


Working Holiday Makers

Other Temporary Visas

Migration and Population


International Links

· Agencies managing migration in the UK include:



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