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Tuesday, 11 October 1983
Page: 1611

Question No. 486

Mr Blanchard asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice , on 13 September 1983:

Does the processing time taken from initial application to migrate to Australia to the rejection or approval of applications differ amongst the various Australian offices of his Department located overseas; if so, what is the average processing time taken by each office.

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

The processing time taken from initial application to migrate to Australia to determination of applications differs not only amongst the various offices of the Department located overseas, but also from one category of migrant entry policy to another and, indeed, from one person to another. At overseas posts factors such as rates of application, staffing levels, and seasonal factors can lead to variations in the rates of processing applications. Further, priority is given to applications in categories such as family migration, resulting in variations in processing time between categories. In addition, the personal circumstances of each case can vary which may affect processing times.

Detailed data is not available on the actual processing time taken at each post . However, during the period of January to June 1983 the average processing time from application to determination of application at the Department's overseas posts has been estimated to vary from about two to five months, with an overall average of approximately three months for all posts.