Australian Migration History 1950's-1990's

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1951-1964 Colombo Plan

1951 - Approx. 1964

People from Sri Lanka were able to come and be educated in Australia. This allowed for a better relationship to be formed between Asia and Australia which created more migrants.

1952 - Japanese War Brides allowed temporary Residence

1952

Japanese war brides could live in Australia with five year permits

1954 - 61% of Australia supported the White Australia Policy

1954

1957 - 15 year resident Non-Europeans could now become Australian Citizens

1957

1958 - Dictation Test Abolished

1958

Migrants wanting to come to Australia didn't need to take a dictation test in a foreign language.

1959 - Now only 34% of Australia support the White Australia Policy

1959

1966 - Changed Conditions for Application for Migration to Australia

1966

The Government changed the criteria for the reasons for people to migrate to Australia, it wasn't about their race any more, but their qualities and employability skills.

1973 - Government dismantled White Australia Policy

1973

1974 - 'God Save the Queen' replaced with 'Advance Australia Fair'

1974

1975 - Refugees from Vietnam began arriving in Australia

1975

1975 - Racial Discrimination Act introduced

1975

1977 - 'Review of Post-Arrival Programs and Services for Migrants' Commissioned

1977

1978 - 'Galbally Report' Comissioned

1978

1993-1994 - 88,000 people given Visas for either work, business or study

1993 - 1994

1995 - New Zealanders ranked top number of people Migrating to Australia

1995