You are here

Guide

What we know so far about the new Home Affairs portfolio: a quick guide

07 Aug 2017
CREATORS
This quick guide outlines what the Government has said about the creation of the new portfolio and some of the changes that might be involved in establishing the Home Affairs portfolio, and provides links to some responses and reactions to the announcement.

260

224

Share
Broad Subject Area(s): 
Geographic Coverage: 

Description

On 18 July 2017, the Prime Minister announced that the Government would establish a Home Affairs portfolio that will bring together Australia’s immigration, border protection, law enforcement and domestic security agencies in a single portfolio. As outlined in the recent Library paper, A Quick Guide to the History of Proposals for an Australian Department of Homeland Security, Australian governments of different persuasions have considered the establishment of something like the US Department of Homeland Security or the UK Home Office on several occasions since the early 2000s. The Prime Minister stated that the new Home Affairs portfolio will be more similar to the UK model, as opposed to the US model—‘a federation, if you will, of border and security agencies’, under which the various agencies would retain their statutory independence.

This quick guide outlines what the Government has said about the creation of the new portfolio and some of the changes that will (or might) be involved in establishing the portfolio, and provides links to some responses and reactions to the announcement.

Advertisement

 

PUBLICATION DETAILS

Resource Type: 
Identifiers: 
ISSN
2203-5249
APO URI: http://apo.org.au/node/101411
License Type: 
CC BY-NC-ND