Australia's immigration office has been allocated US$131 million over the next four years in the federal budget for 2015 for new IT systems designed to verify travellers' biometric data and visa information.The allocated budget will also be used for a trial and rollout of new eGates at major international airports and three seaports. Australia's Customs and Border Protection department last month announced an $18 million deal with Portuguese smart-gate manufacturer Vision-Box for the installation of 92 facial recognition terminals.The government has also allocated US$550,000 in 2015-16 to CrimTrac, an agency which develops and maintains national information-sharing services for use between state, territory and federal law enforcement agencies, for the development of its Biometrics Identification Services system business case. The system will eventually replace CrimTrac's automated fingerprint ID system.Meanwhile, the federal government also plans to spend up to US$400 million in extra funds to create a dedicated new border enforcement agency, to start operating from July 1.