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Tuesday, 16 April 1985
Page: 1227

(Question No. 15)

Mr Jull asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 22 February 1985:

(1) How many deportation orders were issued in (a) 1983-84 and (b) 1984-85 to the date of the answer to this question.

(2) How many of these deportations were undertaken for (a) illegal entry, (b) overstaying on a visitor's visa and (c) criminal activity.

(3) For what costs associated with these deportations was the Commonwealth responsible.

(4) What efforts have been made to recover these costs.

(5) What was the net costs to taxpayers of these deportations.

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

(1) and (2) The numbers of deportation orders issued and deportation undertaken during 1983-84 and 1984-85 (to 31 January, the latest date to which figures are available) were as follows:-


(to 31/1/85)*

Under- Under-

Issued taken Issued taken

Illegal entry (sections 6, 8 and 16 of Migration Act) 149 133 84 38 Expired or cancelled temporary entry permit (section 7 of Migration Act) 599 497 283 160 Criminal convictions in Australia (sections 12 and 13 of Migration Act) 41 24 30 18 Not classified (includes sections 6, 7 8 and 16 of Migration Act) 41 53 30 56

Totals 830 707 427 272

(*) Preliminary figure

(3) Total costs associated with these deportations for which the Commonwealth was responsible include salaries, overtime, travel and subsistence and staffing costs; fares for deportees and escorts, payments to escorts, vehicle use, detention costs and legal fees; and other indirect and/or ongoing cost (e.g. field equipment, capital works, repairs and maintenance).

Records are not maintained from which costs in respect of deportations undertaken can be separated from other costs associated with the Enforcement Program.

Immigration officers involved in the Enforcement Program are not engaged full-time on cases which result in deportation. Officers are also involved in activities relating to illegal workers, the encouragement of voluntary departures by illegal immigrants (rather than deportation), the supervision of (non-deportation) departures, and the investigation of cases which do not result in a deportation order being issued or effected. The cost of staff resources cannot therefore be directly related to the number of deportations undertaken.

For similar reasons, other costs such as detention, vehicle use, equipment, repairs and maintenance and legal fees are not necessarily related to the number of deportations. The only direct deportation costs which can be separately identified are fares and payments to escorts.

These were:

1983-84 1984-85

(to 31.1.85)

$ $

Deportee fares 609,000 238,100 Escort fares 135,000 56,100 Payments to escort 76,100 29,300

(4) A deportee, or in some cases a carrier company, may be liable under the Migration Act to meet certain costs e.g. fares, keep and maintenance while in custody pending deportation and some other items. In such cases formal demands for payment are made upon the person or company liable to meet the costs and such follow-up action as is possible and cost-effective is taken in Australia and through Australian Missions overseas if necessary.

Transport and detention costs recovered in 1983-84 and 1984-85 were:

1983-84 $26,200 1984 (to 31.1.85) $22,500

These figures do not include the value of any airline tickets held by deportees which have been used in the deportation process nor the value of removals by carrier companies at no cost to the Commonwealth.

(5) For the reasons given above, the net cost to the taxpayer of deportations in 1983-84 and 1984-85 is not available.