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Joint communique issued following the Australia/Italy Joint Commission established under the migration and settlement agreement between Australia and Italy
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28 September 1978 85/78
The attached joint communique was released today by the Italian
Deputy Foreign Minister, the Hon. Dr Franco Foschi, and the
Australian Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, the
Hon. M.J.R. MacKellar, at the end of the two-day sitting -
of the Australia/Italy Joint Commission established under the
Migration and Settlement Agreement.
JOINT COMMUNIQUE ISSUED FOLLOWING THE AUSTRALIA/ITALY JOINT COMMISSION ESTABLISHED UNDER THE MIGRATION AND SETTLEMENT ' ~ a g r e e m e n t b e t w e e n Au s t r a l i a "An d i tA l y
The Joint Commission established under the Italy/Australia
Migration and Settlement Agreement held its fourth meeting in
Canberra on 25 and 26 September 1978.
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The Joint Commission was opened jointly by the Italian Deputy
Foreign Minister, the Hon. Dr Franco Foschi, and by the
Australian Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Hon.
M.J.R. MacKellar. Both Ministers stressed the importance of
continuing close co-operation and consultation between the two
The Joint Commission noted the major developments in immigration
policy and in the provision of programs and services to migrants
in Australia since the third meeting of the Joint Commission
held in Rome in February 1977.
The Joint Commission discussed the implications of the immigration
policy announced by the Australian Minister for Immigration and
Ethnic Affairs on 7 June this year. It noted that Italian
migration to Australia had a long and successful history and
that the Italian community in Australia was continuing to make
a major and appreciated contribution to Australia's development
in the economic, social and cultural spheres.
While the Joint Commission recognised that both Australia and
Italy faced difficult problems in reducing high levels of
unemployment there remained scope for continuing migration to
Australia from Italy. The changes in immigration categories and
procedures would be welcomed particularly in so far as the
selective extension of entry criteria for family reunion migration
is applied sympathetically.
It was agreed that the continuing flow of migrants and future
prospects in Australia should be subject to continuing review
by the Joint Commission which noted that persons born in Italy
had a lower level of unemployment at present than the overall
figure for the Australian workforce. It was also agreed that
arrangements should be developed for regular circulation of
information to prospective migrants in Italy on Australian
conditions including specific employment opportunities in the
various industries and geographical locations. Information
helpful to entrepreneurs should also be circulated.
The Italian delegation was assured that the language element
in the new assessment procedures for migrant selection would not
impede the flow of migrants without fluency in English who had
good prospects for successful settlement in Australia.
The Joint Commission discussed the Galbally » Report on Services
and Programs for Migrants and noted that the rapid action to
implement it had been well received and appreciated. The
implementation of many of the « Galbally recommendations would
meet problems and needs identified during previous meetings of
the Joint Commission.
It was agreed that there should continue to be close consultation
and co-operation between the Australian authorities and Italian
Government representatives in Australia on programs and services
to Italian migrants in Australia.
The Joint Commission noted the preparatory work carried out so
far towards the conclusion of a Social Security Agreement
between Italy and Australia which continued to be an important
matter for Italian migrants in Australia. It was pleased that
discussions would take place· at the highest technical level .
in December 1978/January 1979 to facilitate progress· towards
conclusion of the Agreement.
The Joint Commission saw the rapid development of ethnic radio
in Australia as an exciting prospect for serving the needs of
the Italian community for information and cultural programs.
The initiation in the near future of ethnic television in the
main Australian cities would further extend these services to
the Italian community. It was agreed that there was scope for
provision of material from Italian sources for use in both
ethnic radio and television and.the Joint Commission recommended
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that the responsible agencies in the Australian and Italian
Governments might consider, and consult as necessary, on means
of facilitating the provision of informational and entertainment
material from Italian sources for use in Australian ethnic media.
The Italian Deputy Foreign Minister proposed that at future
meetings of the Joint Commission matters relating to exchanges
under the Cultural Agreement might also be examined by competent
representatives of both sides. .He also drew attention to the
value of consultations between Australian Commonwealth and State
Education Ministers and the Italian authorities on education
matters affecting Italian migrants in Australia.
The Australian Government delegation agreed to bring these
matters to the attention of the competent authorities.
The Joint Commission held extensive consultations, and considered
. the recognition in Australia of overseas trade, technical,
professional and sub-professional qualifications;
. working visits to Italy of Australian social workers involved
with Italian migrants;
. a range of education matters including teacher exchanges,
the provision of teaching material for Italian classes in
. problems associated with the air freighting of bodies to
Italy for interment. .
In regard to the recognition of Italian qualifications the Joint
Commission recommended that a visit to Italy by an Australian
tripartite mission should take place as soon as possible to
update the work of the 1968-69 Mission and that there would be
value in arranging visits by Australian experts to Italy for
consultation on Italian professional, sub-professional and
It was agreed that the Joint Commission would meet in the third
quarter of 1979. In accordance with the rules for its operations,
the next meeting would take place in Rome.
Dr Franco Foschi
27 September 1978
27 September 1978