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The Administration of the Immigration and Citizenship Programs

​​Seventh edition

This paper has been produced to help external stakeholders understand how the Department of Home Affairs administers Australia’s Immigration and Citizenship Programs.

This paper complements existing publicly available sources including regularly published data. The paper focuses on the 2020-21 program year including data to 31 March 2021, with comparisons to previous years. It outlines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Immigration and Citizenship Programs and the changing risk and threat environment.

Effective administration of the Immigration and Citizenship Programs is central to maintaining Australia’s sovereignty, economic prosperity, community safety and its place as one of the most peaceful, united and culturally diverse countries in the world.