Biggest Changes In Over 20 Years to Australian Immigration

A New Epoch For Australian border Control

If you have ever watched the hit TV show Australian Border Force you will be aware of how thorough Australian Immigration control is and the powers they have at their disposal to refuse people entry, powers of arrest and more.

In recent months many people would not have noticed some key changes, as Australia has made the biggest changes to Immigration control in over 20 years. 

They have amalgamated the Australian Border Force, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Criminal Commission. To beef up checks on all potential migrants, visa applicants and enforcement of all the immigration law.

These changes are complemented by the government’s ongoing robust reforms consistent with this new era in managing Australia’s borders.

Australia’s immigration policies centre on managing migration and who may enter and stay in Australia and on what basis.

The demand for entry to Australia is reflected in the fact that Australia now receives over 30,000 visa applications each day worldwide. It is anticipated that this demand for temporary and permanent entry will continue to increase in the context of a wider global immigration climate and the movement of people across borders.

Australia now receives over 30,000 visa applications each day worldwide

It is anticipated that this demand for temporary and permanent entry will continue to increase in the context of a wider global immigration climate and the movement of people across borders.

In 2014-2015, the Department generated a revenue of about $1.87 billion from visa application charges and fines. This is expected to increase to some $2.35 billion in 2017-2018. The increase is primarily due to the expected growth in international passenger movements and fines following compliance breaches.

The momentum for change is reflected in the 2017 reforms, which are ongoing.

Revenue generated from processing visas and fines

In 2014-2015, the Department generated a revenue of about $1.87 billion from visa application charges and fines. This is expected to increase to some $2.35 billion in 2017-2018. The increase is primarily due to the expected growth in international passenger movements and fines following compliance breaches.

The momentum for change is reflected in the 2017 reforms, which are ongoing.

The increasingly restrictive immigration landscape

The Home Affairs Portfolio, as a central policy agency providing coordinated strategy and policy leadership with a focus on national security, law enforcement and the analysis and exchange of digitally obtained data is part of a whole of government approach in an increasingly restrictive immigration landscape.

While the government continues its targeted migration programme, which is committed to nation building, with a particular focus on highly skilled migrants, these ongoing reforms herald a new era in the way individuals are selected for emigration to Australia.

In Australia, a nation of immigrants, immigration policy and controls are now part of, and subsumed by, national border security, intelligence and federal law enforcement agencies.

These changes also herald the increasingly heightened focus on compliance and enforcement with significant and adverse consequences in the event of a breach.

Migration Numbers From The UK In Recent Years

While Expressions of interest to migrate to Australia from the UK is higher now than ever the number of visa granted to UK nationals remains in decline from 32,000 visas approved in 2006 to just 17,000 in 2017. While visas approved for China rose from 17,000 to 41,000 in the same period.

There are currently 25 million people in Australia with 1.4 Billion in China with the means to emigrate. Making emigrating to Australia from the UK a far more competitive process to secure one of the limited number of visas approved each year globally. 

Family links Matter less now than ever before

While UK migrants previously benefited from family links to Australia, new policies means family links will no longer be enough to qualify to emigrate. A recent increase in the payment required to bring your parents to Australia, removal of the last remaining relative visa and other changes means family class visas are under scrutiny and with a clear plan to phase then out or at best reduce their influence significantly.

Further Changes Planned

Australian politicians are clear that protecting Australian jobs for Australian workers is a key priority. The raft of changes proposed are both mind blowing in their restrictions for potential migrants and eye watering with the speed at which they are coming into force. In over 20 years of service we have never seen such a drive for change and firming of the Australian borders. If you would like to emigrate it may be a good time to start.

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Description: While it is a universal truth a Government is there to defend it's people from overseas pressures, be they war, economic or other there is also a need to balance that protectionism with developing opportunities that foreigners bring. Is Australia getting the balance right in their most recent changes to the immigration system. We believe there are merits these changes but we also have reservations as Australia enters a new period of control and protectionism.

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