Administrative and Migration Law Committee

2018/19 Annual Report

The Administrative, Constitutional and Migration Law Committee met jointly with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Committee during 2018/19.

In 2018/19 the Committee monitored the work of the Law Council of Australia in developing policy positions on:

  • Changes to the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth);
  • Counter-Terrorism Bills;
  • The Migration (Validation of Port Appointment) Bill;
  • Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill;
  • Migration amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill;
  • Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill; and
  • The Justice Project.

In November 2018 the Committee provided input for:

a) a Law Council of Australia submission to the Inquiry by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee into the effectiveness of the current temporary skilled visa system
in targeting genuine skills shortages; and
b) Council’s response to the Law Council of Australia arising from the Justice Project.

The Committee maintained a liaison with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal through membership of its Users’ Group and has re-established regular liaison with the Department of Home Affairs.

Members of the Committee attended the Department of Home Affairs WA Stakeholders Forum in April 2019.

The Committee also maintained informal connections with the Migration Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Administrative Law (WA Chapter).

The Committee resolved to change its name to the Administrative and Migration Law Committee from 1 July 2019. This is to reflect the emphasis in the work undertaken by the committee.

For more information about this committee please email General Manager, Advocacy – Mary Woodford, advocacy@lawsocietywa.asn.au