The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship was renamed in September, 2013 to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

The function of the Department remains the same but please see our DIBP page for any changes in the Department's responsibilities.

  Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)

 

The purpose of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is to 'enrich Australia through the well managed entry and settlement of people'.

Since its establishment in 1945, DIAC has managed the arrival and settlement in Australia of nearly seven million migrants from 200 countries, including more than 700 000 refugees under the Humanitarian Program.

DIAC's objectives

The department's key objectives, as set out in The DIAC Plan are to:

  • Contribute to Australia’s future through managed migration;
  • Protect refugees and contribute to humanitarian policy internationally;
  • Contribute to Australia’s security through border management and traveller facilitation;
  • Make fair and reasonable decisions for people entering and leaving Australia — ensuring compliance with Australia’s immigration laws and integrity in decision making;
  • Support migrants and refugees to settle in the community and participate in Australian society; AND
  • Promote Australian citizenship and a multicultural Australia.

Some of the visas processed by DIAC include:

Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and Visitor Visa

Working Holiday Maker Visa

Skilled Independent

  • The Skilled Independent Visa is a permanent visa for skilled people wishing to live and work in Australia. The visa grants work and settlement rights for anywhere in Australia, but carries the highest points pass mark of any Australian visa.
    Skilled Visa Online Assessment Skilled Visa Online Assessment
    Information on Skilled Visas Information on Skilled Visas