4.12 Immigration and Border Protection Portfolio

The Immigration and Border Protection Portfolio’s primary role is to manage the seamless flow of people and cargo across Australia’s borders. The portfolio agencies undertake a number of activities across the border continuum, including offshore disruption and intelligence gathering, inspections and identity checks at the border, and enforcement and compliance activities within Australia.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection administers 23 pieces of legislation ranging from the Customs Act 1901 to the Australian Citizenship Act 2007.

The Immigration and Border Protection Portfolio receives total resourcing of $6.2 billion of which $2.8 billion is departmental funding and $3.4 billion is administered funding. Around 13,800 people are employed in the portfolio.

Almost all activities undertaken by the portfolio are delivered by its two largest agencies.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has an annual budget of $4.7 billion and employs around 8,400 staff. The Department’s primary role is to facilitate the entry and exit of temporary visitors and permanent migrants to and from Australia, and to manage and remove those who enter illegally or who breach their visa conditions.

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has an annual budget of $1.4 billion and employs 5,000 staff. Customs is responsible for the safe, orderly and secure movement of people and goods across Australia’s borders. It also the Commonwealth’s second largest revenue collection agency, collecting around $9.6 billion in customs duty and other fees and charges.


Table 4.12.1: Portfolio resourcing: Immigration and Border Protection

Funding ($'000)

Staffing

Entity

Departmental

Administered

Total

ASL

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

           1,547,804

           3,110,579

            4,658,383

         8,369

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

           1,159,457

               264,928

            1,424,385

         5,000

Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal

                 68,310

                            -

                  68,310

             420

PORTFOLIO (1)

2,775,571

3,375,507

6,151,078

13,789

Source: Department of Finance. 2013-14 Budget updated for machinery of government changes.
(1) As individual entity resourcing includes inter-agency transfers and payments, total resourcing for the portfolio may be overstated by this amount.

Chart 4.12.1 is a graphical representation of the relative size of bodies within the Immigration and Border Protection Portfolio.

 

Chart 4.12.1: Immigration and Border Protection

 

This chart shows the Department and Portfolio agencies, as described above, diagrammatically.

This chart shows the Department and Portfolio agencies, as described above, diagrammatically.