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Australia's Visa System for Visitors

Office of Regulation Review submission

This submission was released in February 1995. The submission addresses:

  • the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the visitor visa system; and
  • possible alternatives to the visitor visa system, including the options of visa free travel or multiple entry visas.

In particular the submission proposes a framework for assessing the effectiveness of the current universal visa requirement. It then uses data supplied to this inquiry to make a preliminary assessment of the benefits and costs of alternative visa arrangements.

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Contents

Introduction

Australia’s Visa System

Objectives and Options

Universal Visa Requirement
Increased security?
Rate of overstay
Costs of the universal visa system
Are legitimate visitors deterred?

Universal Visa Free Arrangements

Selective Visa Free Travel
Selective visa free travel - by country
Selective visa free - by visitor type

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