This submission starts with the rationale for the Pacific Engagement Visa. Its main focus is on the advantages of a lottery to implement the PEV: a lottery allows the use of country quotas and so enables the PEV to be targeted strategically; a lottery minimises risks of and concerns about brain drain; and a lottery would be accepted as fair by sending countries.
The submission also discusses: why linking PEV and PALM would be disadvantageous to both schemes; how international experience with migration ballots is positive.
It also briefly considers whether there should be a lottery charge.
Howes, S. & Sharman, E. 2023, Submission to inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Australia’s Engagement in the Pacific and Other Measures) Bill 2023 and the Migration (Visa Pre-application Process) Charge Bill 2023, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Canberra.