The Government will provide funding to increase the family migration programme in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
The Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs will increase the number of partner visa places in the 2005-06 Migration (Non-Humanitarian) Programme by up to 3,000 and the 2006-07 Migration (Non-Humanitarian) Programme by up to 4,000. Government assistance funded by the FaCSIA portfolio, through Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit and, in exceptional circumstances, Special Benefit, will be provided to this additional number of people.
These are cross-portfolio measures involving the Departments of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Health and Ageing, Education, Science and Training, Employment and Workplace Relations and FaCSIA.
1 March 2006.
Total Financial Impact on FaCSIA
$53.0 million over five years.