Since its establishment in 1945, the department has managed the arrival and settlement of nearly seven million migrants from 200 countries, including more than 800 000 refugees under the humanitarian programme.
Staff work in about 60 offices across Australia and overseas helping to serve millions of clients across a range of programmes each year—from tourists, students and temporary workers, to permanent migrants, and people seeking Australian citizenship.
The complexity of the department’s work is reflected in the large number of visa subclasses, which cater for various categories of short-term and long-term stays in Australia.
In 2012–13, about 123 438 people became Australian citizens. The department granted more than 4.6 million visas, service centre staff responded to 1.5 million phone calls and more than 33 million people crossed Australia’s border, facilitated by officers of the department working with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
Working cooperatively with other agencies both in Australia and from countries in our region, the department helps to strengthen regional efforts to combat people smuggling, human trafficking and transnational crime.
This page does not provide immigration advice. If you are planning to visit, study, move to, or work in Australia, find visa information at www.immi.gov.au
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