Visa pro­cess­ing put out to ten­der

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Can­berra

Aus­tralia’s visa pro­cess­ing ser­vices have been put out to ten­der to the pri­vate sec­tor, in­clud­ing an op­tion to ex­tend the pri­vati­sa­tion process to cit­i­zen­ship ap­pli­ca­tions.

The Home Af­fairs Depart­ment re­leased the ten­der doc­u­ment yesterday, call­ing for a plat­form to man­age visa ap­pli­ca­tions, de­ci­sion-mak­ing work­flows and at­tract po­ten­tial vis­i­tors and mi­grants.

“The Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment will re­tain the op­tion to ex­tend the scope of the plat­form for other long-term visas and ul­ti­mately cit­i­zen­ship in the fu­ture,” the ten­der doc­u­ment says.

The ten­der pa­pers say get­ting the pri­vate sec­tor to process visas does not in­volve pri­vatis­ing Aus­tralia’s visa sys­tem or de­ci­sion mak­ing.

“Aus­tralia needs a visa sys­tem that is eas­ier to un­der­stand, bet­ter suited to the rapidly grow­ing num­ber of vis­i­tors, and flex­i­ble enough for Aus­tralia to re­main a com­pet­i­tive des­ti­na­tion for tem­po­rary vis­i­tors and the longer-term en­trants Aus­tralia needs,” it says.

“The plat­form must be flex­i­ble and able to quickly and ef­fi­ciently ac­com­mo­date pol­icy changes made by gov­ern­ments-of-the-day.”

As part of the deal, the Home Af­fairs Depart­ment will re­main in charge of all visa de­ci­sion mak­ing, na­tional se­cu­rity, risk as­sess­ments, and re­ceive all visa ap­pli­ca­tion revenue.

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