The privatization of Australia visa system raises several concerns said the Community and Public Sector Union. It has said that the changes could axe more than 3,000 jobs and hamper the security of people’s private data.
The proposal to privatize will imply higher prices and shoddier services said Nadine Flood Community and Public Sector Union’s National Secretary. It raises grave concerns over privacy of data and jobs, he added.
The people whose jobs are at stake are committed to their work said, Flood. There are growing and strong concerns over their futures. It will also have to be seen what happens to the crucial work they do, added the National Secretary.
The government of Australia is planning to outsource its visa operations. It aims to automate the decision and assessment of 90% of the applications, as quoted by the Guardian.
The plans for privatization of Australia visa system may include premium services being offered for applicants with high value. It may also be inclusive of separate access for those who can pay more and business values added services.
The Department of Home Affairs will retain authority over assessments for security and complex applications. This includes refugees or diplomatic visas.
Nick McKim the Senator of the Greens Party said that his party is against the proposal. It is nothing but complete privatization of access to Australia he added. The whole idea to package access to Australia to the highest bidder is worrisome he said.
The Greens Senator said that the changes to the visa system also raise security concerns. This is with respect to the governmental sovereign functions being outsourced to an offshore private firm, said McKim.
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