Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (2006–07)

The Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (also called DIMA) was an Australian government department that existed between January 2006 and January 2007. It was the second so-named Australian Government department.

Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
Department overview
Formed27 January 2006[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved30 January 2007[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
Employees6,473 (average staffing level for 2005-06)[2]
Minister responsible
Department executive


Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements, in the Department's annual reports and on the Department's website.

According to the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) made on 11 March 1996, the Department dealt with:[1]

  • entry, stay and departure arrangements for non-citizens;
  • border immigration control;
  • arrangements for the settlement of migrants and humanitarian entrants, other than *migrant child education;
  • citizenship;
  • ethnic affairs; and
  • multicultural affairs.


The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Amanda Vanstone.[1] The Secretary of the Department was Andrew Metcalfe.[1]


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