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

Updated 7 August  2015

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Gareth Larsen and Janet Phillips
Social Policy Section 


This Quick Guide provides key internet links to information about:

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, Complex Case Support Services, the Humanitarian Entrants Management System, the Australian Cultural Orientation Program, Diversity and Social Cohesion Grants, Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants and the Building Multicultural Communities Program.
  • The Department of Education and Training has responsibility for the Adult Migrant English Program (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 arrivals 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) provides advice and information in relation to migration agents.
  • The Parliamentary Library offers research briefs and general distribution publications regarding current legislation as well as 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 obtain 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 in regards to migration-related issues.
  • The Migration Act 1958 underpins migration policy in Australia.

Broad overview of immigration

Permanent migration



Temporary migration


Temporary Work Visa (Subclass 457)


Working Holiday Makers

Other temporary visas

Migration and population


International links


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