Joint media release - The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and the Treasurer, the Hon Joe Hockey.
The Treasurer, Joe Hockey, and the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, today announced that the Productivity Commission will commence an inquiry into the impact of charges relative to quotas and qualitative criteria to determine Australia’s migration programme settings.
Treasurer Joe Hockey released the Terms of Reference for the review today.
Mr Hockey said that this review would look at potential future options for determining the settings of the temporary and permanent migration programmes to improve the Australian economy and standard of living.
Mr Dutton said the migration programme is currently regulated through a mix of qualitative requirements – such as skills, family connections, refugee-status, health, character and security – as well as quotas and imposts.
Mr Dutton made clear that this is an independent inquiry, not government policy.
The Government is keen to see the Productivity Commission analyse these issues thoroughly, however there are no plans to make significant changes to the migration programme.
The Productivity Commission is due to report within 12 months.
Public consultation will be undertaken as part of the inquiry, with information available at www.pc.gov.au.
The Terms of Reference for the inquiry are at jbh.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/019-2015/.