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 more than 60 countries.

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.

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

Australian Citizenship Day 17 September

Celebrate Australian Citizenship Day

17 September is Australian Citizenship Day.


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

Photo of Esther Nabitosi

Ugandan-born telecommunications engineer, Esther Nabitosi, has taken a few daring risks in her young life that have led to an exciting career at the cutting edge of the technology sector, where few other women have ventured.