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The objective of this audit is to examine the efficiency of the processing of applications for citizenship by conferral by the Department of Home Affairs and the former Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
The objective of this audit is to examine the administration of the support arrangements that are designed to ensure that the Cape class patrol boats are achieving contracted availability and performance requirements.
This audit would examine the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s collection of visa revenue. Using the power provided by section 18B of the Auditor-General Act 1997, the audit would also include an examination of the performance of the department’s contracted service delivery partners (SDPs).
Australia’s migration programs allow people from any country to apply for a visa to migrate to Australia or to enter the country on a temporary basis, provided that they meet criteria set out in law. There are a number of different ways to apply for a visa, including online (for certain categories) and via four SDPs contracted by the department who operate Australian Visa Application Centres in 46 countries. The services provided by SDPs include responding to enquiries both before and after the lodgement of visa applications, distribution of visa information to clients, collection of visa applications and biometrics, and banking of visa application charges. SDPs do not have a role in assessing visa applications or in granting visas. The SDPs draw income through a service charge paid by applicants that the SDPs retain.
The revenue from visa application charges totaled $1.91 billion in 2015–16. This revenue is expected to increase to more than $2 billion in 2016–17, primarily due to growth in visa applications. Visa application charges are classified as taxation revenue, as the fees collected are well in excess of the costs of providing the service.
This audit would examine the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s operation of the Border Intelligence Fusion Centre.
In 2016, the Border Intelligence Fusion Centre was established within the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to better identify potential threats across the border continuum. The centre brings together intelligence gathering and targeting functions that support border operations, including those functions that were previously delivered by the National Border Targeting Centre. Through the operation of the centre, the department aims to enhance risk assessments of international passengers and cargo by improving access to analysis, coordination and sharing of border-related data; and collaborate with similar targeting centres in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
This audit would examine the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s administration of staff integrity measures.
The department is responsible for administering Australia’s customs and immigration laws and for enforcing compliance with these laws. In 2015–16, the department introduced new integrity and security measures to mitigate the risk of fraud and corruption among departmental staff.
The audit objective was to re-assess the three entities' compliance with the 'Top Four' mandatory strategies in the Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM). The audit also aims to examine the typical challenges faced by entities to achieve and maintain their desired ICT security posture.
The audit objective was to assess whether the Department of Immigration and Border Protection adopted sound contract management practices for the delivery of garrison support and welfare services for offshore processing centres in Nauru and Manus Island.