Select Committee on Temporary Migration

September 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76093-291-6

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Terms of Reference

Abbreviations and acronyms

List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Introduction

  Conduct of the inquiry
  Structure of the report
  Previous inquiries

Chapter 2—Overview of Australia's temporary migration programme

  Shift from permanent migration to temporary migration
  Temporary visas
  Changes to temporary visas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  Legislative framework
  Complexities in the visa system

Chapter 3—Temporary migration and the Australian economy and labour market

  Impacts of temporary migration
  The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
  Employing Australians first
  Attracting Australians to the agricultural industry
  Career pathways for the agricultural industry
  Temporary visa programmes to meet labour shortages

Chapter 4—Exploitation of temporary visa holders

  Temporary visa holder exploitation
  Extent of exploitation
  Government response to temporary visa holder exploitation
  Vulnerabilities of temporary visa holders
  Protecting temporary visa holders from exploitation

Chapter 5—Pathways to permanency

  Shift from permanent to temporary migration
  Benefits of permanent migration
  Decreasing pathways to permanency
  Effects of decreasing pathways to permanency
  Increasing pathways to permanency

Chapter 6—Improving Australia's regulatory framework

  Proposed changes and improvements
  Balance between education and enforcement

Chapter 7—Committee view and recommendations

  Australia's economy and labour market
  Exploitation of temporary visa holders
  Pathways to permanency and social cohesion
  Regulatory framework

Government Senators' dissenting report

  Agricultural workforce
  Administration of visa processing
  Worker Exploitation
  Industrial relations

Australian Greens’ additional comments

Appendix 1—Submissions and additional information

Appendix 2—Public hearings

Committee Secretariat contact:

Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: 02 6277 3555
Fax: 02 6277 3899