Commentary | 26 March 2013

Consular services in death spiral as trivial demands increase

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Research Fellow Alex Oliver writes that a huge increase in overseas travel by Australians is putting unsustainable pressure on Australia’s consular services. This comes at a time with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is stretched to the limit from decades of under-resourcing and political neglect. Oliver argues that DFAT cannot continue to provide appropriate consular services without additional funding, and recommends a consular fee or levy on Australians travelling overseas.

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Research Fellow Alex Oliver writes that a huge increase in overseas travel by Australians is putting unsustainable pressure on Australia’s consular services. This comes at a time with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is stretched to the limit from decades of under-resourcing and political neglect. Oliver argues that DFAT cannot continue to provide appropriate consular services without additional funding, and recommends a consular fee or levy on Australians travelling overseas.