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Wednesday, 4 November 1992
Page: 2662

(Question No. 1972)

Mr Truss asked the Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 17 September 1992:

  (1) How many applications have been considered by the Migration Internal Review Offices in (a) Brisbane and (b) Adelaide since 1989.

  (2) How many of the applications to the Adelaide office were from South Australia.

  (3) Has it been decided to close the Brisbane office and transfer its work to the Adelaide office; if so, what criteria were used in making the decision.

Mr Hand —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

  (1)(a) The Migration Internal Review Office (MIRO) in Brisbane considered 1,144 applications for first-tier review and 433 applications to the Immigration Review Panel (IRP) between the creation of the Migration Internal Review Office on 19 December 1989 and 14 August 1992.

  (b) The MIRO in Adelaide considered 814 applications for first-tier review and 335 applications to the IRP in the same period.

  Note: Following its establishment on 19 December 1989, MIRO has been processing review cases for the IRP under the transitional arrangements for primary applications lodged before 19 December 1989

  (2) Of the applications for first-tier review lodged with the Adelaide Migration Internal Review Office since 19 December 1989, 811 were from review applicants in South Australia. There is no record of how many of the IRP applications were from South Australia.

  (3) The decision to close the Brisbane MIRO was taken after detailed analysis of the workload of all MIRO offices and the staff resources available to handle that workload. The analysis took account of the declining MIRO workload (applications to be processed are anticipated to fall from 7,814 in 1991-92 to 6,000 in 1992-93), increased productivity requirements and reductions in the overall MIRO staff level of 28 per cent in 1992-93.