Migration (Visa Application) Charge Amendment Bill 2002


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Bills Digest No. 99  2002-03

Migration (Visa Application) Charge Amendment Bill 2002

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CONTENTS

Passage History
Purpose
Background
Main Provisions
Endnotes
Contact Officer & Copyright Details


Passage History

Migration (Visa Application) Charge Amendment Bill 2002

Date Introduced: 5 December 2002

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

Commencement: Royal Assent

 

Purpose

To

  • amend the Migration (Visa Application) Charge Act 1997 to increase the visa application charge limit from $12,500 to $26,745; and
  • introduce a mechanism for indexing the new visa application charge limit.

Background

Detailed background behind the visa application charge (VAC) regime is given in Migration Legislation Amendment (Contributory Parents Migration Scheme) Bill 2002, Bills Digest No. 98, 2002 03. The increase in the VAC limit is necessary in order to give effect to the increased obligations proposed in that Bill relating to indemnification of health costs.

Main Provisions

Schedule 1 creates a new limit for visa applications made after 1 July 2002. These applications have a charge limit of $26,745 in the 2002/03 financial year. Schedule 1 indexes this figure to a new Contributory Parent Visa Composite Index based mainly on the percentage annual increase in Commonwealth Health Expenditure , rather than changes in the consumer price index (CPI).

Endnotes

  1. Explanatory Memorandum, p. 4.

 

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Peter Prince
4 February 2003
Bills Digest Service
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