The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in Australia is to get detailed access to university research and analysis to help it formulate future policy.

A new agreement will allow DIBP policy makers to tap into research with the Australian National University (ANU) and utilise its analysis and expertise on migration, migration economics, trade and customs, data analytics, cyber security and national security issues.

immigrationANU vice chancellor Brian Schmidt confirmed that a Memorandum of Understanding will make collaboration possible across the full breadth and depth of ANU expertise and research programmes on immigration related issues.

'This agreement broadens that cooperation and I see it as the first of many such collaborative agreements with Government and industry. I would like to see much more collaboration between ANU and policy makers,' he added.

According to DIBP secretary Michael Pezzullo the ANU is a natural collaborative partner for the department. He expects they can work together in areas of expertise such as public policy, economics, security, data management and engineering and computer science.

'The Department of Immigration and Border Protection's mission is to protect Australia's border and manage the movement of people and goods across it,' he said.

'Our collaboration with ANU widens the department's research capabilities and will also ensure DIBP staff continue to have the best possible training opportunities to help ensure the best outcomes for Australia,' he added.

The new Memorandum of Understanding will continue for two years and be reviewed around the middle of 2019.