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2015–16 at a glance

Statistical information for 2015–16.

Migration

MigrationTotal
Permanent Migration Programme and Child outcome: 189,770
Skill stream places128,550
Family stream places57,400
Special Eligibility stream places308
Child places delivered outside the managed Migration Programme3,512
Temporary visas granted: 7.7 million +
Visitor visas granted4.8 million
Student visas granted
(includes student guardians)
310,845
Working Holiday Maker visas granted4214,583
Special Category (subclass 444) visas granted1.9 million
Maritime Crew and Transit visas granted345,873
Temporary Work (skilled) (subclass 457) visas granted85,611
Temporary residents (other) visas granted130,807

Refugee and humanitarian entry

Refugee and humanitarian entryTotal
Refugee and Humanitarian Assistance Programme visas granted (includes 3790 places from the 12,000 additional places for displaced Syrian and Iraqi refugees)17,555
Temporary Protection visas and Safe Haven Enterprise visas granted1,552

Citizenship

CitizenshipTotal
Number of people conferred Australian citizenship133,126

Border management

Border managementTotal
International air and sea travellers processed
(including crew)
40.68 million
Ship arrivals and departures from
Australian ports
35,527
Immigration clearances refused at airports
and seaports
3,258
Sea cargo inspected 196,637
Air cargo inspected 21.96 million
International mail items inspected 357.3 million
Number of illicit drug detections at the border37,936
Detector dog supported detections
(passenger and cargo)
1,355

Border protection

Border protectionTotal
People smuggling ventures that
reached Australia
0
Conducted patrols at seaports, wharves and waterfront environments and surrounding areas, including remote and coastal regions4,737
Marine Unit patrol days1,952

Compliance

ComplianceTotal
Percentage of temporary entrants who maintained their lawful immigration status while in Australia>99%
Locations of unlawful non-citizens15,145
Illegal Worker Warning Notices issued414
Locations of illegal workers1,970
Removals and assisted departures of
non-citizens onshore and transferees
from Regional Processing Centres
14,708

Detention

DetentionTotal
Illegal foreign fishers taken into
immigration detention
138
People in Australian immigration detention
at 30 June 2016 (includes community placements)
2,200

Trade, customs and revenue

Trade, customs and revenueTotal
Import and export entries5.31 million
Revenue collected from customs duty, passenger movement charges, import processing charges and GST$19,066 million
Revenue generated by visa applications$1,914 million

Staff

StaffTotal
Total staff at 30 June 2016
(Staff headcount in Australia and overseas, including locally engaged employees)
15,432

1 The sea and cargo inspected figure changed from 109,375 to 96,637 on 25 October 2016 to align with the Department’s 2015–16 annual report, page 28. Note examinations occur after inspections and are included in the 'inspections' figure.

2 The air cargo inspected figure changed from 2.04 million to 1.96 million on 25 October 2016 to align with the Department’s 2015–16 annual report, page 28. Note examinations occur after inspections and are included in the 'inspections' figure.

3 The international mail items inspected figure changed from 57.5 million to 57.3 million on 25 October 2016 to align with the Department’s 2015–16 annual report, page 28. Note examinations occur after inspections and are included in the 'inspections' figure.

4 The Working Holiday Maker visa granted figure was incorrectly published as 241,583 on 25 October 2016. The figure was amended to 214,583 on 28 October 2016