Most Read Contributor in Australia, September 2016
While Australia has historically viewed immigration as a key
part of nation building, increasingly the focus has moved to border
protection, law enforcement and national security.
The merger of the Department of Immigration and Border
Protection with the Australian Customs Service and Border
Protection, resulting in the formation of the new Department of
Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Border Force
reflects this evolution and is a once in a generation change to
managing Australia's borders and the migration program.
Effective from 1 July 2015, the new Department will be a global
organisation with almost 15,000 people, working in more than 60
offices, in more than 50 countries. It will be the second largest
revenue collection agency for the government. It is forecast to
collect $63 billion over the forward estimates, or more than $15
billion per annum in revenue.
The focus of the new Department will include immigration and
citizenship, refugee and humanitarian programs, trade and customs,
offshore maritime security, and revenue collection.
With the focus on law enforcement, the jurisdiction of the Law
Enforcement Integrity Commissioner will extend to the new
Department on a whole of agency basis.
The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act
1979 will be amended to automatically include the Department
as an enforcement agency that may have access to telecommunications
data and as a criminal law enforcement agency that seek access to
Applying an intelligence-led risk-based approach to inform
strategy, planning, decision-making and resource allocations, the
integration of data, data analysis and the utilisation of
information lodged in relation to visa and related matters will
inform decision-making and assist in identifying non-compliance and
law enforcement operations.
With a high-tech focus, the new Department of Immigration and
Border Protection will heighten the security of its systems through
increased use of biometrics, analysis of metadata/data, a
whole-of-government approach, and international partnerships.
The creation of the Australian Border Force as the
Department's operational enforcement arm will have a
significant role in delivering on national, international, regional
and local border protection, law enforcement and national security
As an intelligence-led, mobile and technological enabled force
working onshore and offshore, including with strategic partners, it
will operate under the Strategic Border Command to counter threats
ahead of the border, employ sophisticated risk assessments through
visa programs, and work with international partners to deliver
The impact of these changes are significant and
To find out more about this and what the changes mean for you,
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