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Review of visa arrangements for international airline crew



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CHRIS BOWEN MP

MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

MEDIA RELEASE

30 October 2012

REVIEW OF VISA ARRANGEMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE CREW

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, today announced a review of the visa arrangements for international airline crew operating on domestic routes in Australia.

Mr Bowen said the purpose of the review was to consult on enhanced regulatory options for foreign aircrew working on international flights entering and departing Australia.

“Visa arrangements for foreign aircrew, which were put in place 18 years ago, must keep pace with contemporary business and crew rostering practices,” Mr Bowen said.

“While visa arrangements for foreign aircrew are only intended for international flight duties, Australian and New Zealand international airlines have been increasingly combining their international and domestic services, resulting in a complex range of practices.

“These practices have led to concerns about visa arrangements for foreign aircrew on those flights within Australia which, due to the passenger composition or connectivity, may not be perceived as reasonably linked to an international flight.”

Mr Bowen said he was considering policy options and regulatory arrangements to clarify the intent of the special purpose visa (SPV) for foreign aircrew working on international flights entering and departing Australia.

As part of this process, the Minister has released a discussion paper on the issue seeking input in relation to the development of future options.

The discussion paper is available online at: http://www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/discussion-papers/

Media Contact: Bill Kyriakopoulos 0400 510 802 / Laura Stevens 0432 833 769