Terms of Reference

The Joint Standing Committee on Migration shall inquire into and report on Australia's skilled migration program, with reference to:

  1. The purpose of the skilled migration program and whether it is meeting its intended objectives, including
    1a) if any immediate adjustments are necessary in the context of the future of work and pandemic recovery, and
    1b) if more long-term structural changes are warranted;
  2. Australia's international competitiveness in attracting entrepreneurs, venture capital, startups, and the best and brightest skilled migrants with cutting edge skills;
  3. Skills lists and the extent to which they are meeting the needs of industries and businesses and keeping pace with Australia's job landscape;
  4. The administrative requirements for Australian businesses seeking to sponsor skilled migrants, including requirements to prioritise job opportunities for Australians and job creation;
  5. The costs of sponsorship to businesses seeking to sponsor skilled migrants;
  6. The complexity of Australia's skilled migration program including the number of visa classes under the program and their requirements, safeguards and pathways; and
  7. Any other related matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Migration
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4560
Fax: +61 2 6277 4844
migration@aph.gov.au