As announced in the federal budget on Tuesday, funding for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service is being cut by $6 million over the next two years. This cut will result in fewer frontline border staff and longer queues for international visitors to Australia. The cuts are being implemented despite projections of soaring inbound passenger numbers.
On top of the cuts in border staff, international visitors will be slugged with a 17 per cent increase to the passenger movement charge (PMC) from July 1.
“It is extraordinary to think that international passenger movements will rise by 27 per cent over the next four years, generating $3.7 billion in PMC revenue alone, while funding for passenger facilitation will remain stagnant,” said Tourism and Transport Forum chief executive John Lee.
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