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ETA visa compliance hits 99 per cent

A greater number of visitors to Australia on ETA visas are abiding by visa conditions, says the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Annual Report 2010-11.
02 November 2011
The percentage of visitor Australia visa holders who abided by their visa conditions increased in 2010-11 to 99.3 per cent, compared to 95.3 per cent in 2009-10. This includes holders of Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (subclasses 956, 976, 977).

"These figures demonstrate that the vast majority of people granted visitor visas have been correctly assessed as genuine visitors," said the DIAC annual report 2010-11.

The visa compliance rate by holders of a temporary Australia visa (like an ETA visa
) exceeded the department's own 2010-11 target by 4.3%.

DIAC has taken credit for the percentage increase, attributing it to a number of its own deliberate tools and policies.

"In 2010-11 the department used a range of tools to minimise the potential for non-genuine visitors to enter or remain in Australia or to contravene their visa conditions," the report states.

"These tools include the no further stay condition, security bonds, sponsor sanctions and Safeguards profiles".

The 'Safeguards' tool - whereby evidence-based integrity checks are undertaken during the visa application process - has been especially highlighted as responsible for a higher rate of compliance.

In 2010-11 DIAC issued a total of 2,164,341 ETA visas, representing a 2.3% decline from 2009-10.