Joint media release with the Hon Alan Tudge MP – Skilled Migration Points Test increase from 1 July

Sunday, 01 July 2018

The Turnbull Government is restoring the Skilled Migration Points Test to 65 points from 60 points from 1 July.

The changes will apply to three unsponsored permanent residence visas:

  • Subclass 189 – Independent skilled
  • Subclass 190 – Skilled nominated visa
  • Subclass 489 – Skilled regional (Provisional) visa

The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the changes would enhance the integrity of Australia’s skilled visa system and the quality of migrants coming to our country.

“Whether it’s through tax reform or migration policy, the Government will always put Australian workers first,” Mr Dutton said.

“But where an Australian worker cannot be found, we need to ensure that businesses can get the skills they need to continue to grow and prosper. Raising the points test mark will help to ensure we get migrants with valued skills and strong prospects for integration.”

The Points Test was reviewed by the former Labor Government in 2011. Labor’s review set the pass mark at 65 points, but just 12 months later the then Labor government inconceivably went against this advice and lowered it to 60.

“Labor cannot be trusted to put Australian workers first, just as it could not be trusted to keep our borders secure,” Mr Dutton said.

The Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said our visa programs need to work in our national interest.

“Restoring the points test level will help to ensure that Australia continues to attract the best and brightest talent from around the world,” Mr Tudge said.

“We want to enable talented workers to come to Australia, to create stronger businesses and more wealth and opportunity for all Australians.”

See: Index of Media Releases


Last update: Sunday, 01 July 2018

Joint media release with the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister – Putting Australian workers first

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Turnbull Government will safeguard Australian jobs by abolishing the Subclass 457 Visa for foreign workers and creating a new temporary visa restricted to critical skills shortages.

This will ensure Australian workers are given the absolute first priority for jobs, while businesses will be able to temporarily access the critical skills they need to grow if skilled Australians workers are not available.

The Subclass 457 Visa will be abolished and replaced with the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa. The new visa will include mandatory criminal checks and tighter English language requirements.

The new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa programme will comprise two streams – Short Term and Medium Term – and will be underpinned by more focused occupation lists that are responsive to genuine skill needs and regional variations across Australia.

Short term visas will be issued for two years, while medium term visas will be issued only for more critical skills shortages and for up to four years.

Both streams will include mandatory labour market testing with limited exemptions; a new non-discriminatory workforce test; mandatory criminal history checks; a market salary rate assessment and a new two-year work experience requirement.

Additionally there will be tightened English language requirements for the Medium Term Stream.

The new visa will also include a strengthened training obligation for employers sponsoring foreign skilled workers to provide enhanced training outcomes for Australians in high-need industries and occupations.

These changes will give Australian job seekers more opportunity to find work while finding the right balance so businesses can prosper by acquiring the expertise they need.

Migration is an integral part of the Australian story and its success has helped us become the world’s most successful multicultural nation.

There is no doubt foreign workers have played a significant role in the remarkable economic growth of the nation.

More than 100,000 workers from 30 countries helped build the Snowy Hydro Scheme while John Howard’s decision to focus our permanent migration programme on bringing in skills has helped the nation enjoy more than two decades of continued economic growth.

This will continue but not at the expense of Australians finding work. Unlike Labor, the Turnbull government will always put Australian workers first.

Bill Shorten sold out Australian workers by allowing a record number of foreign workers into the country, many not filling critical skill shortages.

More than 110,000 foreign workers entered the country in 2013 under the then Labor government. Some were allowed to work in the fast food sector at the expense of young Australians who were looking for work.

That will not happen under this government. We are making it easier for Australians to find work and we have restored order to our borders so we can ensure foreign workers have an opportunity to arrive through the appropriate channels.

Implementation of the new visa will begin immediately, with full implementation to be completed by March 2018.

Full details on the new visa and an explanation of transitionary arrangements for current 457 visa holders and applicants is available on the Department’s website at

The Government will announce further measures to strengthen the integrity of Australia’s migration programme and visa systems in the near future.

See: Index of Media Releases


Last update: Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Flagged Occupations on the SOL for 2016 –17

Flagged occupations

In the 2016-17 SOL there are a number of occupations which are ‘flagged’ for possible removal in the future. Generally, occupations are flagged when there is emerging evidence of excess supply in the labour market in the medium-to-long term.

ANZSCO Code Occupation
133513 Production Manager (Mining)
221111 Accountant (General)
221112 Management Accountant
221113 Taxation Accountant
224111 Actuary
224511 Land Economist
224512 Valuer
231212 Ship’s Engineer
231213 Ship’s Master
231214 Ship’s Officer
232212 Surveyor
232213 Cartographer
232214 Other Spatial Scientist
233111 Chemical Engineer
233211 Civil Engineer
233212 Geotechnical Engineer
233213 Quantity Surveyor
233214 Structural Engineer
233215 Transport Engineer
233411 Electronics Engineer
233511 Industrial Engineer
233512 Mechanical Engineer
233513 Production or Plant Engineer
233911 Aeronautical Engineer
233912 Agricultural Engineer
233913 Biomedical Engineer
233914 Engineering Technologist
233915 Environmental Engineer
233916 Naval Architect
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist
234711 Veterinarian
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
251212 Medical Radiation Therapist
252411 Occupational Therapist
262611 Podiatrist
252712 Speech Pathologist
253111 General Practitioner
253211 Anaesthetist
253312 Cardiologist
253315 Endocrinologist
253316 Gastroenterologist
253317 Intensive Care Specialist
253321 Paediatrician
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
253999 Medical Practitioners nec
271111 Barrister
271311 Solicitor
272314 Psychotherapist
272399 Psychologists nec
351311 Chef*
399111 Boat Builder and Repairer
399112 Shipwright

* Indicates that the occupation excludes positions in fast food or takeaway food service.

Source: Australian department of education and training


Global visa and citizenship processing times

Global visa and citizenship processing times will be updated monthly, providing you with an indicative timeframe for processing applications. Processing times are available for the majority of visa subclasses and citizenship products, but will exclude a few subclasses such as those closed to new entrants,  capped and queued, or which have a low volume of applications. Two processing times are displayed, indicating how long it is taking to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of applications submitted globally.

Processing times are impacted each month by changes in application volumes, seasonal peaks, complex cases, and incomplete applications. Processing times include applications lodged online and by paper. Where available, you should lodge your application online as it helps streamline processing arrangements.

Visa application processing times

Last updated: 14 March 2017

Visa type Description 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (Short Stay Specialist) 9 days 16 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) (Government Agreement) 32 days 43 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) (Foreign Government Agency) 28 days 43 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) (Seasonal Worker Programme) 9 days 13 days
407 Training 65 days 77 days
408 Temporary Activity (Entertainment Activities) 7 days 16 days
408 Temporary Activity (Sporting Activities) 22 days 32 days
408 Temporary Activity (Religious Work) 67 days 76 days
408 Temporary Activity (Research Activities) 47 days 69 days
408 Temporary Activity (Special Programmes) 66 days 75 days
408 Temporary Activity (Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity) 8 days 14 days
417 Working Holiday 14 days 34 days
457 Temporary Work (Skilled) 86 days 6 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 8 months 11 months
462 Work and Holiday 7 days 19 days
476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate 4 months 4 months
485 Temporary Graduate (Graduate Work) 5 months 6 months
485 Temporary Graduate (Post-Study Work) 71 days 90 days
500 Student (Independent ELICOS Sector) 55 days 71 days
500 Student (Schools Sector) 55 days 86 days
500 Student (Vocational Education and Training Sector) 43 days 76 days
500 Student (Higher Education Sector) 24 days 52 days
500 Student (Postgraduate Research Sector) 48 days 4 months
500 Student (Non-Award Sector) 29 days 46 days
500 Student (Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector) 15 days 35 days
590 Student Guardian 71 days 4 months
600 Visitor (Tourist) 20 days 30 days
600 Visitor (Sponsored Family) 41 days 58 days
600 Visitor (Business Visitor) 6 days 15 days
600 Visitor (Approved Destination Status) 3 days 5 days
600 Visitor (Frequent Traveller) 5 days 12 days
602 Medical Treatment 25 days 56 days
651 eVisitor 1 day 3 days
771 Transit 6 days 9 days
988 Maritime Crew Visa 4 days 6 months
100 Partner 15 months 23 months
101 Child 9 months 15 months
117 Orphan Relative 22 months 26 months
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) 32 months 33 months
155 Five Year Resident Return 2 days 6 days
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) 32 months 32 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme (Direct Entry Pathway) 9 months 11 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme (Transition Pathway) 8 months 9 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Direct Entry Pathway) 11 months 12 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Transition Pathway) 8 months 9 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Business Innovation) 16 months 18 months
189 Skilled – Independent 4 months 6 months
190 Skilled – Nominated 4 months 7 months
300 Prospective Marriage 12 months 17 months
309 Partner (Provisional) 11 months 15 months
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (Skilled Regional – GSM) 5 months 6 months
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (State/Territory Nominated visa classes – GSM) 5 months 7 months
801 Partner 16 months 20 months
802 Child 7 months 8 months
820 Partner 18 months 20 months
864 Contributory Aged-Parent (Residence) 15 months 15 months
887 Skilled – Regional 7 months 10 months
892 State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner 15 months 17 months

Australian citizenship application processing times

Last updated: 14 March 2017

Australian Citizenship application type 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony*) 10 months 12 months
Descent (lodgement to decision) 63 days 4 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision) 5 days 12 days

*a small proportion of applicants for Australian citizenship by conferral are not required to attend a ceremony. For Descent and Evidence applications, allow an additional 10 days for printing and postage of your certificate. If you applied from outside Australia, postage will take longer.

Circumstances that affect processing times

We assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration programme
  • for citizenship applications, the time taken to attend a Citizenship Ceremony or receive a Citizenship Certificate.

How to view processing times

You can view current processing times on the page for the specific visa subclass or citizenship type you are applying for.  You should check regularly to ensure you know the current processing times for your visa.

To ensure your application falls within the published processing times, you need to submit a complete application. The checklists provided on ImmiAccount will assist in making sure you include all required documents in your application.

Source: DIBP Homepage

1 March 2017 round results for Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) & Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)

1 March 2017 round results

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 1 March 2017.

Invitations issued on 1 March 2017

Visa Subclass Number
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 1832
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 32

During 2016-17 the following numbers of invitations have been issued:

Invitations issued during 2016-17

Visa subclass Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May June Total
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 3050 2800 4200 2400 1861 2465 2016 2397 1832 0 0 0 23,021
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 200 200 363 100 69 69 44 55 32 0 0 0 1132
Total 3250 3000 4563 2500 1930 2534 2060 2452 1864 0 0 0 24,153

The above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses. State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas. Separate results for these visa subclasses are provided monthly.

1 March 2017 results

The following graph shows the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 1 March 2017 round.

Graph showing the points for clients invited to apply in 1 March 2017 round.

Invitation process and cut offsThe highest ranked clients by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For clients who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass (referred to as the visa date of effect) determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.

Visa Subclass Points score Visa date of effect
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 60 01/03/2017 12:03 am
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 60 28/02/2017 12:03 am

Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the below occupation groups will be subject to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the programme year. SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189) and then the remaining to Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visas (subclass 489). If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations.

  • Accountants
  • Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
  • Electronics Engineers
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • Other Engineering Professionals
  • ICT Business and System Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Computer Network Professionals

Points scores and the visa dates of effect cut off for the below occupations in the 1 March 2017 invitation round.

Occupation Identification Description Points score Visa date of effect
2211 Accountants 70 27/09/2016 7:34 pm
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 70 04/12/2016 1:26 am
2334 Electronics Engineer 60 21/11/2016 2:42 pm
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 65 10/11/2016 1:40 pm
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 65 15/12/2016 12:52 am
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 65 29/07/2016  1:46 pm
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 65 29/01/2017 12:08 pm
2631 Computer Network Professionals 65 18/01/2017 12:04 am

Source: DIBP Homepage

Australian universities say US immigration ban will have major impact on research and collaboration

Updated Tue at 10:59am

Universities say Donald Trump’s immigration ban could have a major impact on research and collaboration.

An executive order signed by the US President last week restricted immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning said he has received assurances Australians with dual nationality will be exempt from the ban.

But Professor Brian Schmidt, a Nobel laureate and Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, said academics would inevitably be affected.

“It is such a globalised world, and when things like this happen within the United States, it affects everyone,” Professor Schmidt said.

“We have many people from these countries, so it just makes the ability to do business as usual within research and academia very difficult.”

Universities Australia chief executive Belinda Robinson said she is concerned for academics who are citizens from the affected countries.

“In any conversations that we have with the Government around this, we’ll obviously be drawing to their attention the concerns that we have about the potential impact,” Ms Robinson said.

“It’s a little difficult now, with the executive orders only having just been signed, [to know] what that impact is going to be.”

Australians directly affected by ban

Despite the Prime Minister’s assurances, some Australians say their travel plans have already been disrupted, and they want more clarity about who can travel to the US.

Author, engineer and TV presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a dual Australian-Sudanese citizen an author, said the ban has already had a direct impact on her life.

“I was supposed to be doing a keynote address at a conference in Wisconsin in March, and I was supposed to be doing a keynote for a multicultural conference ironically,” she said.

“At this stage it looks like I won’t be able to keynote, but also I’ve been looking to do further study in the US, I’ve been looking to do further engagement in the US.

“I have done all sorts of stuff in the US in the past, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be possible.”

Dr Fary Ahmadi, a Sydney-based researcher, Australian resident and Iranian citizen, said the ban caught her by surprise.

“I was really angry, I was angry that I didn’t see this coming,” she said.

Dr Ahmadi’s parents, who are visiting from Iran, were prevented from boarding a flight on the weekend to visit their son, a PhD candidate in the US.

“I realised that there is no chance for mum and dad to go, so it was a pretty emotional moment so they were all crying,” Dr Ahmadi said.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has asked Australian officials in Washington to lobby the US administration to exempt Australian dual nationals from the changes.

At this stage, the ban is set to be lifted in March.

Topics: university-and-further-education, immigration, donald-trump, united-states

First posted Tue at 10:53am

Second Work and Holiday visa for backpackers in northern Australia

Northern AustraliaWe made changes to Work and Holiday visas on 19 November 2016 as part of the Government’s commitment in the 2015 White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. If you’re a Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa holder, you now have the opportunity to get a second 12-month visa. This applies if you work for three months in the tourism and hospitality or agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries in northern Australia while on your first visa. This new opportunity encourages Work and Holiday visa holders to spend time living and working in Australia’s north. The change will only apply to specified work undertaken from 19 November 2016 in northern Australia, which broadly includes all of the Northern Territory and those parts of Western Australia and Queensland above the Tropic of Capricorn. All specified work has to be paid work in accordance with Australia’s workplace laws. If you’re considering applying, you’ll need to provide evidence of this payment. There are 16 countries that have active Work and Holiday visa arrangements with Australia, including the United States, Chile, Indonesia and China. The Work and Holiday visa programme continues to grow, and the Government continues to negotiate additional Work and Holiday visa arrangements with new partner countries. Visit our website to learn more.


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New Temporary Activity Visa Framework

On 19 November 2016, the new visa subclasses would allow applicants to enter Australia for temporary work or a specified activity.


Mosiqi Acharya


7 OCT 2016 – 11:11 AM  UPDATED 21 NOV 2016 – 11:13 AM

UPDATE: SBS Hindi reported in October 2016 that Australian government will be introducing 4 new work visas.

This new Temporary Activity Visa Framework that commenced on 19 November 2016 has reduced seven visa subclasses to four, as part of a move to a fairer and more efficient visa system.

Assistant Secretary, Planning, Design & Assurance, Michael Burke, said applying for the Temporary Activity visa online would now be simpler for sponsors and applicants.

“The changes reduce red tape for business, industry and individuals by streamlining sponsorship requirements and removing the nomination stage for a range of activities,” Mr Burke said.

Seven existing visa subclasses have been reduced to four:

  1. Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) (Subclass 400) visa
  2. International Relations (Subclass 403) visa
  3. Training visa (Subclass 407) and
  4. Temporary Activity (Subclass 408) visa.

Full details below:

The Australian Government has proposed new temporary activity visa framework which it plans to implement from 19th November 2016, subject to approval by the Governor-General.

From 19 November 2016, there would be four new visa sub classes:

  1. Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa
  2. Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa
  3. Subclass 407 Training visa
  4. Subclass 408 Temporary Activity visa.

The new framework is designed to make applying for a temporary visa easier. It would reduce red tape for business, industry and individuals by removing sponsorship and nomination requirements for specific short stay activities.

This means, applicants will be:

  • able to lodge visa applications online through ImmiAccount
  • a single sponsorship (temporary activities sponsor) would replace six existing sponsorship types (long stay activity, training and research, professional development, entertainment, special programme and superyacht crew)

On 19 November 2016, the new visa subclasses would allow applicants to enter Australia for temporary work or a specified activity.

Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa

This visa would be for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to:

  • undertake short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work
  • in limited circumstances, participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests.

Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa

This visa would be for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis:

  • in relation to a bilateral agreement
  • to represent a foreign government or to teach a foreign language in an Australian school
  • to undertake full-time domestic work for a diplomat
  • as a person with statutory privileges and immunities
  • to participate in the Seasonal Worker Programme.

Subclass 407 Training visa

This visa would be for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to undertake occupational training or participate in classroom based professional development activities.

Subclass 408 Temporary Activity visa

This visa would be for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to:

  • work in the entertainment industry
  • participate in a non-ongoing cultural or social activities at the invitation of an Australian organisation
  • observe or participate as an academic in a research project
  • undertake full-time religious work
  • participate in a special programme to enhance international relations and cultural exchange
  • participate in high-level sports (including training)
  • work in a skilled position under a staff exchange arrangement
  • participate in an Australian government endorsed event
  • work as a superyacht crew member
  • undertake full-time domestic work in the household of certain senior foreign executives.

The following diagram shows the proposed new temporary activity visa framework in more detail.

Temporary activity visa framework changes

457 visa: Government to cut occupations list for skilled migrants

By political reporter Stephanie Anderson

Updated Sun at 2:17pm

The list of jobs that overseas workers can fill under the 457 visa program is set to be cut by the Australian Government.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has indicated the Government will cut the list of occupations for which skilled migrant visas are available.

It follows a push from the Opposition for greater restrictions.

Mr Dutton told Sky News that the list — which includes more than 650 occupations — is currently being reviewed.

“I think the list at the moment is expansive and I think we’ll condense it and that work has already been underway for some time and we’ll have a look at that very soon,” he said.

But Mr Dutton defended the program, highlighting its use outside major cities.

“It is very hard to get people in regional areas,” he said.

Opposition spokesman for employment Brendan O’Connor told the ABC the use of the visa was hurting Australian workers.

“Too often we’re seeing exploitation, abuse and the overuse and misuse of that visa means downward pressure on wages,” he said.

“That’s why we have almost a wage recession in this country.”

The list includes occupations such as teachers and journalists, professions which have both experienced oversupply in labour.

But they are not among the professions with the highest rates of workers with 457 visas.

According to the Immigration Department, cooks were the most popular profession applied for by primary visa holders — those who directly applied for a 457 visa — followed by those wanting to fill cafe/restaurant manager positions.

BREAKING: Australian government announces changes to 457 visa conditions

16 NOV 2016 – 3:38 PM  UPDATED 17 NOV 2016 – 2:35 PM

Foreign workers on a 457 visa will only be able to stay in Australia for 60 days after their employment ends instead of 90, under changes by the federal government.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton made the announcement on Wednesday, saying it will be implemented for those granted visas on or after this Saturday.

“The change will assist in ensuring that the 457 programme meets its intent of acting as a supplement to, rather than a substitute for, Australian workers,” he said.

It will also reduce the vulnerability of 457 visa holders, who are only permitted to work for an approved sponsor and who are not eligible for unemployment benefits, Mr Dutton said.

“The government values the contribution made by the many skilled persons who work in Australia on 457 visas, but where there is an Australian worker ready, willing and able to perform a role it is the government’s policy that they have priority.”

His statement follows increased pressure from Labor to tighten the rules surrounding the 457 visa program.

Mr Dutton criticised the opposition for increasing the time visa holders could remain in Australia after their jobs end from 28 days to 90.

Bill Shorten took his campaign on the issue to north Queensland on Wednesday.

The Labor leader believes there is a need for foreigners to fill skills gaps, but some of the jobs being advertised for 457 visas are occupations which could be carried out by Australians.

“We think that in a beauty parade we’d rather see an Australian tradesperson get the job than someone come in from overseas when there’s an Aussie that can do the same work,” he told reporters in Mackay.

Labor wants jobs to be advertised locally for at least four weeks before a foreigner is sourced.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull again took aim at Mr Shorten and his “extraordinary hypocrisy”, claiming he issued more 457 visas while employment minister than any of his predecessors or successors.

Mr Turnbull said Labor’s latest campaign was designed to cover up the divisions in the party on the issues of national security and border protection.

“Mr Shorten should stop his hypocritical complaints about skilled migration and stand with the government in saying ‘no’ to illegal migration, saying ‘no’ to people smugglers and supporting our legislation,” he told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

“That’s what we ask him to do in Australia’s interests.”