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Home Affairs officials grilled over plans to privatise visa application system

นายไมเคิล เพซซูลโล ปลัดกระทรวงมหาดไทยออสเตรเลีย ถูกซักไซ้เรื่องระบบรับสมัครวีซ่าออนไลน์ Source: AAP

NEWS: Home Affairs officials faced questions on the department’s plan to use a private company to run a digital visa application system.

The Home Affairs department is finalising plans to contract a private company to run a new online system for Australian visa applications. 

Officials told a Senate Estimates hearing they were waiting for the Morrison cabinet to approve the plan, before a firm could be chosen for a potentially lucrative contract to build the global, digital system.

More than 10 firms expressed interest in the project, which would require the company to invest $1 billion over 10 years but would promise a larger return “over time”.

Department boss Michael Pezzullo described an ailing visa application system that was struggling under the weight of a massive spike in global applications from people who wanted to visit, live or work in Australia. 

You can read the full article in English here.

Source SBS News, AAP