Update for Communities






Family violence and your visa

Family and domestic violence is any conduct that makes you fear for your or your family’s safety and wellbeing. The Australian Government has zero tolerance for family and domestic violence against anyone, including permanent or temporary visa holders.

Our role in supporting victims of family and domestic violence is to regularise a person’s visa status while they remain in Australia. More information about family violence and visas is available on the Home Affairs website.

New penalties for travellers who don’t declare high risk biosecurity goods

Australia has strengthened its biosecurity laws with new increased penalties. This applies to travellers who fail to declare high risk biosecurity goods at the Australian border.

It is important for all incoming travellers to correctly declare food, plant material and animal items on their incoming passenger card.

These biosecurity laws protect Australia from overseas pests and diseases that threaten the environment and local industries. From 1 January 2021, some temporary visa holders may be liable for cancellation of their visa if they breach the Biosecurity Act. For more information see the Home Affairs website. 

Countering Foreign Interference

Australia’s Director-General of Security noted the unprecedented scale of foreign interference activity against Australia’s interests. These activities can undermine Australia’s national security, open system of government and sovereignty. Information about Australia’s Counter Foreign Interference Strategy is available here.

The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme was established in 2018 to provide the public and government decision-makers with visibility of the nature, level and extent of foreign influence on Australia’s government and political processes. The Attorney-General’s Department publishes factsheets to assist community members understand how the scheme works in English and 11 community languages here.

Information for the university sector is available on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

The 2021-22 Migration Program

The Department of Home Affairs is now inviting public submissions on the 2021-22 Migration Program.

Each year the Department of Home Affairs undertakes a comprehensive consultation process to inform the make-up of Australia’s Migration Program.  Public submissions are an important part of this process and will help shape a Migration Program that benefits all Australians. 

Submissions will be accepted by 29 January 2021 to migration.policy@homeaffairs.gov.au.

For more information, please see: www.homeaffairs.gov.au/reports-and-publications/submissions-and-discussion-papers/australia-2021-22-migration-program

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