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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3216


Mr Les McMahon (SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 26 March 1980:

How many persons have (a) applied to immigrate to Australia, and (2) been rejected as immigrants under the Numerical Multifactor Assessment System (NUMAS) scheme since its introduction in January 1979.


Mr Macphee - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Preliminary statistics indicate that for the period January 1979 to March 1980:

(1)   212,810 persons have formally applied to immigrate to Australia, and

(2)   Statistics are not maintained of results of processing according to the nature of the migrant selection system. Those persons who applied prior to 1 January 1979 (i.e. have submitted the prescribed application forms. This does not include much larger numbers of persons who have enquired about migration to Australia) were processed and approved under the system applying at the date of application. In the period in question the results of application processed irrespective of selection system were:

Applications withdrawn/cancelled / lapsed (persons)- 31,743.

Applications rejected (persons)- 94,449.

Applications approved (persons)- 58,093.

It should be noted that figures for approvals, applications lapsed, cancelled and withdawn, rejected in any one period do not necessarily relate to the number of applications lodged in that period.







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