The Australian Government announced changes to the immigration and border protection portfolio in relation to future border protection arrangements.
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. At this time, the Australian Border Force, a single frontline operational border agency, will be established within the department.
The Australian Border Force will draw together the operational border, investigations, compliance, detention and enforcement functions of the two existing agencies. Policy, regulatory and corporate functions will combine within the broader department.
For more information about the changes, read the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection's speech announcing the new arrangements on 9 May 2014.
Information for visa and citizenship applicants
These changes do not have any immediate effect on visa or citizenship applications or processes. Your existing application or any new application will continue to be processed in the same way.
The department will continue to assess applications according to our service standards.
You should continue to use the contact details and application numbers provided to you by the department or your case officer. The contact details for the department have not changed. There are no immediate changes to service centre locations.
More information will be available on our website soon.