Australia – Potential Delays for International Travelers and Visa Applicants

What has changed

Effective immediately, the Community and Public Sector Union has announced that its members employed with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) will be taking intermittent industrial action until June 26, 2015.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • International travelers and all visa applicants

From now until June 26, 2015 international travelers and visa applicants could potentially face delays. During this period, airports, client service centres, ports, container examination facilities and visa processes may be affected by the industrial action taking place.

Passengers may be impacted at international airports starting Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

The airports affected are:

Sydney: 16 and 18 June 2015

Perth: 18 June 2015

Darwin: 18 June 2015

Brisbane: 24 June 2015

Gold Coast: 24 June 2015

Melbourne: 25 June 2015

Adelaide: 26 June 2015

Cairns: 26 June 2015

Regular updates about industrial action will be published on the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Department of Immigration and Border Protection websites and official Facebook pages.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Travelers and visa applicants should prepare for temporary delays at international airports and with visa processes.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact your clients.


The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.

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