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Faster data on arrivals and departures.



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Philip Ruddock MP MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

Faster Data on Arrivals and Departures

MPS 4/2003

Industry and government agencies are benefiting from a switch to electronic processing of information on people arriving and departing Australia, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Philip Ruddock said today.

The data from all passenger cards filled out as people arrive and depart the country is now handled electronically, bringing the processing time by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs down from eight weeks to 15 working days.

Information from the passenger cards is used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as well as other government agencies and departments along with tourism bodies and the convention industry.

There had been a backlog during the changeover from the manual processing to the electronic processing, but that has now been cleared.

The improved availability time allows both industry and government to identify trends at an earlier stage and be in a better position to plan future activities.

22 January 2003