Following a national consultation, SCoA has made a submission to the Department of Home Affairs consultation into planning for the 2018-19 Migration Program.
Highlighting the crucial importance of migration to Australia – both in economic and social terms – SCoA’s submission calls on the government to adopt a settlement-focus towards immigration policies that will ensure the success of our Migration Program into the future.
SCoA has also used this opportunity to call for a holistic plan for the Migration Program which takes into account both global trends and Australia’s needs into the future. We recommend the government learn from the successful National Settlement Framework and adopt a plan across all levels of government that will ensure our Migration Program remains flexible and dynamic.
Finally, SCoA has urged the government to review opportunities to increase access to the Migration Program for humanitarian migrants, including by investigating options to make skilled and other general visa streams more accessible and, crucially, prioritising family migration opportunities as a matter of urgency.
As a common theme across our submission, SCoA views the role of settlement services as being integral to ensuring that all new arrivals are empowered to achieve independence and become fully contributing members of the community. We see this as being the vital key to striking the best balance in our Migration Program and unlocking its full potential.
You can read SCoA’s full submission here.