Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee; Reference
That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 10 August 2021:
The efficacy, fairness, timeliness and costs of the processing and granting of visa classes which provide for or allow for family and partner reunions, with particular reference to:
(a) limitations on eligibility to apply for relevant visas;
(b) waiting times for processing and integrity checking of applications for relevant visas;
(c) waiting times for the granting of relevant visa;
(d) cost of applying for relevant visas;
(e) commitments required for the granting of relevant visas;
(f) government policy settings regarding relevant visas and the role of family reunion in the Migration Program;
(g) eligibility for and access to family reunion for people wh9 have sought protection in Australia;
(h) the suitability and consistency of government policy settings for relevant visas with Australia's international obligations;
(i) the budgetary and governmental impacts of relevant visas, including on state, territory and local governments; and
(j) any other matters deemed relevant by the committee.
Question agreed to.