Australian citizenship is the bond that unites us as Australians, regardless of whether we were born in Australia or have decided to make Australia our home. Check out our digital showcase of Australian citizenship here: , and share your citizenship journey with us using #AusPledge.
Congratulations to our 50 newest Australian citizens who took the pledge of commitment at Melbourne City Football Club last night. We wish them all the best with this next step in their migration journey.

Join us next week as we cover the #AustraliaDay citizenship ceremony, live from Rond Terrace in #Canberra. #AusPledge
We’d like to wish you a safe and happy festive season. We’re taking a short break and will be back on Facebook from Tuesday 3 January 2017. If you have any urgent enquiries, you can contact us here: [ Border.gov.au Link ], except during the public holidays. Thanks for following us this year and stay tuned for 2017.
Looking forward to arriving in Australia this summer? You don’t need to queue to clear passport control. Just scan your ePassport, collect your ticket and go.
Visit our website to find out if you’re eligible to use our Arrivals SmartGates: [ Border.gov.au Link ]
Congrats to our 2016 graduate team who have just completed their final work rotations. No doubt there will be more exciting and unique opportunities in store for this bunch as they take the next steps in their careers. On Monday they will be starting their permanent roles in the Department, and we wish them all the best.
Several of our systems will be unavailable on Sunday 11 December for planned maintenance activities. We recommend clients conduct all necessary activities before Sunday with maintenance starting at 9.45PM AEDT and continuing until 5AM AEDT on Monday 12 December. More information on the maintenance and affected systems can be found on our website at: [ Border.gov.au Link ]
Today we’re celebrating International Day of People with Disability with International Day of People with Disability - Australia.

This year we were joined by Nicole Graham from beyondblue, who shared her experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. She raised awareness and understanding that mental health disorders don’t discriminate and can be talked about,...
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Northern Australia boasts some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. If you’re a Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa holder, you now have the opportunity to get a second 12-month visa to work in Australia’s north. Find out more in our latest Migration Blog post: [ Govspace.gov.au Link ]
Congratulations Yasmin Khan, winner of the 2017 Queensland Local Hero Award.
We proudly sponsor Australia’s Local Hero Award and encourage you to take the time to recognise the selfless contributions our local heroes make to their communities.
Read about how Yasmin has broken down barriers and created connections to show how Muslims have made great contributions to our nation, by visiting the...
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Congratulations June Oscar AO, winner of the 2017 Western Australia Local Hero Award.
We proudly sponsor Australia’s Local Hero Award and encourage you to take the time to recognise the selfless contributions our local heroes make to their communities.
Read about how June has brought about constructive discussion to support Indigenous families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and...
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Congratulations Vicki Jellie, winner of the 2017 Victoria Local Hero Award.
We proudly sponsor Australia’s Local Hero Award and encourage you to take the time to recognise the selfless contributions our local heroes make to their communities.
Read about how Vicki fulfilled her late husband’s dream, of bringing radiotherapy treatment to regional patients in Victoria, by visiting the Australian...
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Several of our systems will be unavailable on Friday 18 November for planned maintenance activities. We recommend clients conduct all necessary activities before Friday with maintenance starting at 9PM AEDT and continuing until 8AM AEDT on Saturday 19 November. More information on the maintenance and affected systems can be found on our website at: [ Border.gov.au Link ]
Congratulations Anthony Elder, winner of the 2017 Tasmanian Local Hero Award.
We proudly sponsor Australia’s Local Hero Award and encourage you to take the time to recognise the selfless contributions our local heroes make to their communities.
Read about how Anthony helps young kids gain support, confidence and contribute to society by visiting the Australian of the Year Awards website: [...
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Thinking of visiting Australia soon? Apply early for your visitor visa before the upcoming holiday period. For more information visit [ Border.gov.au Link ]
SCAM WARNING: We are aware of a number of blogs and news sites publishing stories about visa-free travel to Australia. There are no new arrangements between Australia and any other country. All travellers will need a valid visa upon arrival. More information on this here: [ Border.gov.au Link ]
Congratulations Reginald George Heading, winner of the 2017 South Australia Local Hero Award.
We proudly sponsor Australia’s Local Hero Award and encourage you to take the time to recognise the selfless contributions our local heroes make to their communities.
Read about Reginald’s contributions to the Agriculture industry in Australia and overseas by visiting the Australian of the Year Awards...
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Congratulations Josephine Peter, winner of the 2017 New South Wales Local Hero Award.
We proudly sponsor Australia’s Local Hero Award and encourage you to take the time to recognise the selfless contributions our local heroes make to their communities.
Read about Josephine’s dedication to helping others by visiting the Australian of the Year Awards website: [ Australianoftheyear.org.au Link...
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Members of our Victorian team, along with the Regional Commander for VIC/TAS recently had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Iraqi Shia community to discuss border clearance processes ahead of the Arba’een Pilgrimage in Iraq. The meeting at the Imam Ali Mosque was facilitated by our Ethnic Liaison team who provide an important link between our Department and diverse...
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