Recently, the Minister for Immigration, Scott Morrison announced a comprehensive review of the border related fees, charges and taxes – including visa application costs. This will be known as the ‘Fees Review’.
Spearheaded by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), the ‘Fees Review’ will be conducted jointly with the Department of Agriculture, as well as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
It is expected that the ‘Fees Review’ will provide comment on those charges incurred at the border including Import Administration, Passenger Movement Charges, as well as Visa Application Charges levied by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
The Australian Government collects approximately A$3 billion per year from its border activities, including the processing of visa applications and provides upwards of A$6 billion towards the maintenance of its border, and the costs of running it smoothly.
The ultimate aim of the ‘Fees Review’ is an attempt to source the most appropriate balance to ensure continued Australian international competitiveness as inter-border business remains a key form of revenue for Australia. In addition to this, the ‘Fees Review’ hopes to ensure that the costs of maintaining the Australian border are distributed equally to all interested parties.