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Inside track: Immigration

17 February 2020

#Immigration Law

Inside track: Immigration

In the media

FNQ migration agreement
The Cairns Chamber of Commerce is confident changes the organisation has requested to the region’s designated area migration agreement – which include specialised jobs and include Cape York and the Torres Strait for the first time – will be implemented from April (12 February 2020).  More...

High Court rules Indigenous Australians cannot be deported
The High Court rules that Aboriginal Australians are exempt from the Commonwealth's "aliens power" under the constitution and cannot be deported. In a ruling that further enshrines the rights of Indigenous Australians, a 4-3 majority said Aboriginal Australians have a "special cultural, historical and spiritual connection" with Australia that is already recognised by common law (11 February 2020).  More...

In practice and courts and publishing

Extension of travel ban to protect Australians from the coronavirus for another week commencing 15 Feb 2020
The National Security Committee of Cabinet agreed to extend the entry restrictions on foreign nationals who have recently been in mainland China for a further week from 15 February 2020 to protect Australians from the risk of coronavirus.  More...

New Zealanders in Australia: A quick guide
Susan Love and Michael Klapdor; Social Policy Section, APH: 13 February 2020
This quick guide outlines the visa requirements and conditions for New Zealanders living in Australia, including under the Special Category Visa and the pathway to permanent residence introduced in 2017. It summarises some of the issues around the visa cancellation and removal from Australia of New Zealand citizens, which has become a high-profile issue in recent years.  More... 

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