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Budget | 2015-16

Budget 2015-16
Australian Government Coat of Arms, Budget 2015-16

Part 1: Revenue Measures (continued)

Immigration and Border Protection

Cost Recovery — licensing and import processing

Revenue ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 14.1 30.3 31.2 32.1

The Government will restructure the Import Processing Charge (IPC) and import‑related licence charges, resulting in additional revenue of $107.6 million over four years from 2015‑16.

The IPC will be restructured to recover the cost of cargo and trade‑related reform activities, remove the differential charges for post, air and sea cargo declarations, and introduce higher charges for manual documentary declarations.

Licence charges will be restructured for brokers, depots and warehouses, including introducing warehouse and broker licence application charges, increasing the broker licence renewal charge and introducing a warehouse licence variation charge.

The new charges will come into effect on 1 January 2016.

Cost Recovery of Citizenship and adjustment of Visa Application Charges

Revenue ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 103.4 109.2 111.1 113.4

The Government will raise $437.1 million in revenue over four years by adjusting the visa application charge (VAC) for a range of visas from 1 July 2015 and by moving to full cost recovery for citizenship costs from 1 January 2016.

VACs for all visa applications made overseas will increase to align them with application charges in Australia, with the exception of Child Visas, for which domestic VACs will be reduced to match overseas VACs. This measure will also increase VACs for a range of visas.

Moving to full cost recovery for citizenship costs is consistent with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines and is underpinned by the principle that cost recovery promotes equity where the recipients of a government service, rather than the general public, bear its costs.