As expected, the Department of Immigration has undergone some
major changes since the change of Government in September last
Following the swearing-in of the new ministry led by his
honourable Mr Tony Abbott on 18 September 2013, there have been a
number of Government changes within the Department. The
Administrative Arrangements Order issued by the Governor-General
confirms the following changes to the Department's
The Department has been renamed the Department of Immigration
& Border Protection (DIBP);
The new Minister for the newly renamed portfolio of Immigration
& Border Protection is Mr Scott Morrison MP. Senator Michaelia
Cash is the Assistant Minister;
The Department will now manage entry, stay and departure
arrangements for non-citizens, border control (including border
control other than quarantine and inspection), citizenship, ethnic
affairs and customs;
Settlement and multicultural affairs functions have been
transferred to the renamed Department of Social Services;
The Adult Migrant English Programme has moved to the Department
of Industry; and
The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service is now a
portfolio agency within the greater Immigration and Border
The Department will also contribute to Operation Sovereign
Borders, as well as the joint agency task force, which has been
established to combat people smuggling and protect Australia's
Visa Application Charges (VACs)
A reminder that as of 1 September last year, all Visa
Application Charges increased by 15%. The only visa subclasses that
were not affected by this increase were Student (Temporary) and
Tourist visas. This is in addition to the new Visa Pricing Model
that was introduced on 1 July 2013.
What does this mean for you?
The application process for visas remains complicated despite
the further increase to Visa Application Charges. If you are
enquiring about or applying for a visa, it is important you speak
with an experienced registered migration agent. They will be able
to assist you with the process and ensure the application proceeds
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