05 March, 2015
The Australian Government is committed to fulfilling its most important responsibility - to protect Australia, its people and its interests.
Legislation to further strengthen Australia’s border protection measures was introduced into Federal Parliament today.
The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill will enhance the capability of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to identify people entering or departing Australia.
The Bill creates a new legislative framework for collecting biometrics – such as facial image and fingerprints – providing a single broad discretionary power to collect biometrics at the border.
Biometric checks at Australia’s air and seaports will enable rapid identity checks with domestic and international security, law enforcement and immigration agencies through portable, hand-held devices.
They will help to tackle identity fraud and disclose security and criminal histories contributing significantly to protecting against the spread of terrorism and human trafficking including children.
The checks will help prevent the entry of those who may threaten the Australian community and the departure of others such as convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf who left Australia in 2013 using his brother’s passport.
The biometric measures are part of the Government’s response to combat terrorism and keep Australia safe outlined by the Prime Minister on February 23.
Further information: Minister’s office – 02 6277 7860