- The immigration minister says more than three million visas had been finalised since 1 June.
- He said the government was also trying to simplify the system used to prioritise applications.
- It comes as the government prepares to review Australia’s migration system.
“We have automated straightforward tasks to free up staff to work on more complex visa applications,” he said.
During his speech, Mr Giles said median times for the processing of skilled visas had blown out from four months in 2015-16, growing by one month each year, until 2018-19, when the median processing time was seven months.
Immigration Minister Andrew Giles said that more than three million visas had been finalised since 1 June. Source: AAP / LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE
Mr Giles said the government had also increased the number of permanent skilled and family visas this financial year, adding that “no migrant should be permanently temporary”.
– With AAP