The Turnbull Government clearly has no interest in managing Australia’s borders, nor reining-in Australia’s brake-neck population growth, with the Department of Immigration set to hand over administration of Australia’s visa system to private operators. From Proud to be Public, which is running a petition against the outsourcing:
The Turnbull Government wants to privatise our immigration call centres by handing over the work to private, for profit multinational Datacom.
This is only the beginning – the Turnbull Government has announced that next they intend to privatise the entire Visa processing system. This would see a private company given a licence to run our Visa system as a for-profit business! This privatisation threatens the jobs of up to 3,000 hardworking public servants.
Our call centres deal with important work including applying for a visas, sponsoring a partner, or importing goods.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection staff who are currently performing work are highly trained and committed to serving the national interest. They deal with highly secure information and are monitored and accountable to the Australian Parliament and people. They do not work for profit, they work for the Australian people.
Privatising this work will put all of this at risk.
If the Turnbull Government gets their way, people calling the immigration line will be talking to a for-profit privatised call centre run by multinational Datacom instead of highly trained staff from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Around 250 people could lose their jobs if the privatisation of the call centre goes ahead, with up to 3,000 more jobs at risk if they go ahead with the privatisation of visa processing. Sign here to tell the Turnbull Government to keep our immigration and border protection system in public hands.
You can sign the petition here.
So after witnessing widespread rorting of Australia’s vocational education and training system by private operators, as well as widespread visa rorting by companies, amid vast segments of Australian business deploying wage crushing strategies and a developing crisis in household income, the government now wants to hand administration of Australia’s visa/migration system over to the private sector?
What could possibly go wrong? The Government has clearly jumped the shark on immigration.