About us

​We are committed to building Australia's future through the well-managed movement of people.

Our diverse portfolio includes managing migration, humanitarian and citizenship policy and programmes. We work to keep Australia secure through border management and facilitate travellers crossing the border. Our organisation strives to make fair and reasonable decisions for people entering or leaving the country, ensuring compliance with Australia's immigration laws and integrity in decision-making. Every day we help people take the final step in their migration journey to become Australian citizens.

We deliver services through offices in every Australian state and territory and in 52 posts outside Australia.

From 1 July 2015, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will be consolidated into a single Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Border Force will be established.

To support the integration, the Department will launch a new website.

The Blueprint for Integration (2.9MB PDF) and the Plan for Integration (2.5MB PDF) have more information.

See Australian Border Force for more information.


A day in the life

Department employee at work 
Our 'A Day in the Life' video highlights the fast paced and dynamic environment staff encounter on a daily basis.


Focus on

Photo of Juliette Wright - Australia's local hero 2015

Ms Juliette Wright, Australia's Local Hero 2015, social entrepreneur.

The Department proudly sponsors Australia's Local Hero Award as part of the Australian of the Year Awards.

Our history

Mobile office on the Melbourne waterfront in 1969.

Our mobile office is parked on the Melbourne waterfront in 1969.

The Department of Immigration was formally established on 13 July 1945. Learn about our history.

News & updates 


Success stories

Imtiyaz Minty Saberi

Imtiyaz ‘Minty’ Saberi migrated to Australia in hope of a better life. He fled a landlocked country without the ability to swim. Today, he holds the honour of being Australia’s first Afghan-born lifesaver.

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