Pri­vate fu­ture for our visas

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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.

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