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Who we are

The Department of Home Affairs was created as part of the Home Affairs Portfolio on 20 December 2017.

The Department is responsible for central coordination, and strategy and policy leadership in relation to:

  • cyber and critical infrastructure resilience and security
  • immigration
  • border security and management
  • counter-terrorism
  • the protection of our sovereignty
  • citizenship and social cohesion.

We implement a strategically coordinated approach to the cyber security and resilience of all Australians. We enable rapid responses to threats of foreign interference. Additionally, we contribute to Australia’s prosperity and unity through the management and delivery of the migration, humanitarian and refugee programs. We also promote social cohesion through multicultural programs, settlement services and by managing and conferring citizenship.

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Our ministers and senior staff

Find out about our ministers and senior staff at the Department of Home Affairs.

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Our history

Learn about the establishment of the Department of Home Affairs.

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Media releases and news

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