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Immigration reform

Transforming Australia’s visa system

The Government has tasked the Department with transforming Australia’s visa system to make it easier to understand, easier to navigate and more responsive to our economic, social and security interests.

From 31 July until 15 September, the Department consulted the public on design elements of the new visa system.

About the reform

Australia’s visa system has served us well, but it needs modernising to meet the future needs of rising traveller volumes and complex risks at the border.​

Learn more about the visa reform

Questions and answers

We have provided answers to some frequently asked questions.

Read our questions and answers


During the public consultations, the Department received detailed responses from across the community and industry, which have provided valuable input towards the system’s design.

See the submissions