Australia to start modernisation of visa processing from this July

by Ray Clancy on May 10, 2017

in Australia Immigration

Millions of dollars will be spent on modernising Australia’s visa processes, including the introduction of more new technology, it has been announced.

Some $95.4 million will be allocated in the 2017/2018 Budget to support new technologies for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to bolster the prosperity of the nation and to protect Australia into the future.

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton also confirmed that Australia’s permanent migration programme for 2017/2018 will remain at a ceiling of 190,000 places.

‘In a world of mass mobility, Australia needs to modernise its visa processes to facilitate economic growth and strengthen intelligence measures at the border to counter security threats,’ said Dutton.

‘This work has begun with the abolition of the 457 visa programme and strengthening the requirements to attain Australian citizenship. This Budget provides $59.9 million over four years to enhance biometric storage and processing capabilities to contribute to a safer border and a safer Australia,’ he added.

The funding will be used to introduce high volume biometric matching, storing, analysis and data sharing of facial image and fingerprint biometrics through the introduction of new technology with the implantation of the upgraded biometric facilities starting on 01 July 2017.

Dutton explained that the improved capability will allow more efficient detection of individuals of a security, law enforcement or immigration interest while simultaneously speeding up the flow of legitimate travellers.

The funds come on top of the $99.2 million allocated in last year’s Budget for a Visa Risk Assessment capability to enable risks to be considered at visa application before an individual reaches Australia.

Dutton also explained that the increased use of automation and technology is vital to facilitate rising numbers of travellers. Each week the Australian Border Force (ABF) processes more than 700,000 people arriving in or departing from Australia and this number is expected to increase by about 20% over the next few years.

To deal with the increasing number of movements the Government will initiate a long term programme of work to enhance the visa system, providing $35.4 million for the DIBP to engage with the market to explore new technologies to help design and build a visa processing platform that will better manage risk, increase efficiency in processing and improve the visa applicant experience.

The finance will also be used to introduce a new temporary sponsored parent visa, which provides for a stay of up to five years in Australia.

Regional Cooperation Arrangements to combat people smuggling and irregular migration will be allocated $52.6 million for the International Organization for Migration’s work in Indonesia.

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chictraveler May 11, 2017 at 6:06 am

hello, can you explain this part and what’s the effect for Indonesian people:

Regional Cooperation Arrangements to combat people smuggling and irregular migration will be allocated $52.6 million for the International Organization for Migration’s work in Indonesia.

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Pooja89 May 11, 2017 at 10:58 am

Hi im new to this forum. I really like it and this is very helpful to us.so I lodged my spoouse visa on 2/Oct/2016. Can you please add me as well.
Thanks

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