Department of Immigration & Citizenship

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The purpose of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship is to build Australia's future through the well-managed movement and settlement of people. It also promotes a society that values Australian Citizenship, appreciates cultural diversity and enables migrants to participate equitably. The department plays a crucial role in delivering the government's economic, social and security agendas.

Since its establishment in 1945 the department has managed the arrival and settlement of more than seven million migrants from 200 countries including more than 700 000 people under the humanitarian program.

During 2010-11 the department:

helped over 168 000 people migrate to Australiaresettled close to14 000 people under the humanitarian programissued over 4.13 million temporary visasconferred Australian citizenship on more than 101 000 peopleplayed a crucial role in delivering the government's economic, social and security agendas.

The department's key objectives as set out in the DIAC 2011-12 Strategic Plan are to:

maximise the economic and social benefits for Australia from all forms of temporary and permanent migrationfoster an Australian society that is cohesive, diverse and inclusiveimprove public confidence in national security, particularly through effective border managementidentify and deliver productivity and improved risk management capability in an environment of fiscal restraint.

For more information visit: http://www.immi.gov.au/