The Department of Home Affairs

The Australian Department of Home Affairs 

The mission for the Australian Department of Home Affairs is to protect Australia’s border and manage people’s movement and movement of goods across it.

The Australian Department of Home Affairs brings together Australia’s federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management, multicultural affairs, settlement services and immigration and border-related functions, working together to keep Australia safe.

The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for immigration and customs border policy, as well as:

  • National security and law enforcement policy
  • Emergency management, including crisis management and disaster recovery
  • Countering terrorism policy and coordination
  • Cyber security policy and coordination
  • Countering foreign interference
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Multicultural affairs
  • Countering violent extremism programs
  • Transport Security

The Australian Border Force, operational enforcement arm of the Department of Home Affairs is responsible for investigations, compliance and immigration detention operations, across Australia’s air and seaports and land and maritime domains.

The Department of Home Affairs have offices in all Australian states and territory, and in >50 locations around the world.

The Department’s name has been changed several times in the last 70 years:

  • Department of Immigration (1945 — 1974)
  • Department of Labor and Immigration (1974 — 1975)
  • Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (1976 — 1987)
  • Department of Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs (1987 — 1993)
  • Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (1993 — 1996)
  • Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (1996 — 2001)
  • Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (2001 — 2006)
  • Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (2006 — 2007)
  • Department of Immigration and Citizenship (2007 — 2013)
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection (2013 — )
  • Department of Home Affairs (Current)

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