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Submission into the statutory review of the Tribunals Amalgamation Act

This submission expresses our concerns about the amalgamation of the tribunals in the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015, including our concerns about the independence of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and the ‘exceptional’ nature of the Migration and Refugee Division and the Immigration Assessment Authority. It also proposes greater efficiencies, including the need for greater resourcing of the Migration and Refugee Division, review of the visa cancellation processes, and the need for proper funding of legal representation for protection decisions.
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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017

In this submission, we express our concerns the proposed amendments in the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017 will further disadvantage newly arrived communities in finding employment. Refugees often face difficulties in gaining employment due to structural barriers, including those created by federally funded employment programs, such as the Jobactive Program. This submission will provide an overview of the failure of the proposed amendments to social services legislation, including the Jobactive program, to meet the needs of refugee communities.
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Submission on the Australian Citizenship Legislation (Strengthening Requirements) Amendment Bill 2017

The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 would introduce new requirements before people can obtain Australian citizenship, including a new English language test and changes to the period of residence. It also re-introduces previous measures that would increase the discretionary powers of the Minister for Immigration. This submission sets out the Refugee Council of Australia's key concerns about this Bill.
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