By 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) expects to process more than 40 million travellers each year with this figure projected to exceed 50 million by 2023.

With the number of visitors set to increase considerably, it is clear that Australia must balance the challenges in managing the projected growth of visitors with the integrity of our border.

As a result, the DIBP is leading a major review of Australia’s visa system to allow more responsive systems at the border and to meet expected demand into the future.

For example, for Indonesian travellers, the availability of a three-year, multiple-entry visa for tourists and business people has been extended. This change reflects the importance of Indonesia to Australia’s tourism and business industries, and offers significant benefits to Indonesians visiting family and loved ones living and studying in Australia.

With the release of the Australian Government’s Developing Northern Australia White Paper in 2015, DIBP is implementing changes to support trade, business and industry in northern Australia and the key markets of China and India, throughout 2016 and 2017.

Work has started on four key visitor visa reforms:

trial of 10-year Visitor visa validity for eligible Chinese nationals

trial of a fast-track Visitor visa service for Chinese nationals

trial of Visitor visa lodgement in Simplified Chinese

continued expansion of online lodgement for Visitor visas in China and India.


Once these are in place, Australia will be better positioned to make the most of opportunities in rapidly expanding tourist and business visitor markets in China, India and elsewhere in our region.

Australia has also implemented a work and holiday arrangement under which visas for up to 5000 educated young people from China will be granted annually.

This provides a point of distinction for Australia in a crowded market for Chinese tourism, and also lays a platform for greater exchange and understanding between young people.

DIBP also continues to expand the use of self-processing technologies and is exploring technological advancements to make the border clearance process faster and simpler for travellers, including through the continued adoption of new systems and technology such as SmartGates.

As a conduit for immigration, travel and trade in Australia, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), and its operational enforcement arm—the Australian Border Force—facilitates the movement of genuine travellers and legitimate trade while ensuring border security and community protection are maintained.

For more information, visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website at www.border.gov.au.

Article from Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP),

 

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