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Law Council of Australia


A Migration System for Australia’s Future

The Law Council of Australia is pleased to make a submission to the ‘A Migration System for Australia’s Future’ review. The Law Council has drawn on the expertise of migration practitioners, and it thanks the Migration Law Committee of its Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section and the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and the Queensland Law Society (QLS) for their input. It also acknowledges the input of its National Human Rights Committee.

Noting the short timeframe for input, and the request for brief responses, the Law Council has focussed on key principles which it considers should underpin reforms to the Skilled Migration Program. The Law Council intends to develop policy positions in relation to these principles in early 2023 for a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration inquiry into the role of permanent migration in nation building,1 and would be happy to engage further with the Department of Home Affairs’ (Department’s) review on these issues. Its further submission may address other policy areas, including the General Skilled Migration, Global Talent, Student, and Working Holiday visa programs.


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