Today’s guest blogger, David Wilden, is the First Assistant Secretary Immigration and Citizenship Policy at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. In this role he is responsible for policy development and advice for temporary and permanent visas in the skilled, family and humanitarian programmes. David joined the Department in 2005. Over the course of his public service career, David has worked in a range of departments and agencies including Centrelink and the Public Service Commission.
Australia has a long and proud tradition of resettling refugees and people in humanitarian need. Since the end of World War II, we have provided permanent resettlement to over 865,000 people from around the world.