Overview of changes
Following the swearing-in of the new ministry led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott on September 18, there have been machinery of government changes that affect the department and the immigration portfolio.
The Administrative Arrangements Order (141KB PDF file) the Governor-General issued confirms the following changes to the department’s responsibilities:
Transition to the new arrangements is underway and may take some months to come into effect.
The department will also contribute to Operation Sovereign Borders and the joint agency task force that has been established to combat people smuggling and protect Australia’s borders.
The department will continue to contribute to Australia through the management of its migration, humanitarian and citizenship policy and programmes.
Settlement and multicultural affairs programmes
Department of Social Services will administer most settlement and multicultural affairs programmes, formerly administered by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship including:
Adult Migrant English Programme
Administration of the Adult Migrant English Programme has transferred to the Department of Industry. This transfer places the Adult Migrant English Programme in the same department that manages skills and vocational education policy. It also complements the emerging focus of the Adult Migrant English Programme on the role English language skills play in preparing migrants to seek employment.
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