Private future for our visas
AUSTRALIA’S visa processing services have been put out to private tender, including an option to extend the 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.
But the union says the move could cost 3000 jobs and is being rushed through before the next election.
“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.
the Home Affairs Department will remain in charge of all visa decision making.