Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Immigration and Border Protection
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: clarify the responsibilities of asylum seekers to provide and substantiate claims in relation to protection visas; enable the Refugee Review Tribunal to draw an unfavourable inference about the credibility of claims or evidence raised by a protection visa applicant for the first time at the review stage; create grounds to refuse a protection visa application when an applicant refuses or fails to establish their identity, nationality or citizenship; provide that a protection visa will not be granted to a family applicant unless the visa was applied for before the family visa holder was granted their visa; define the risk threshold for assessing Australia’s non-refoulement obligations under certain treaties; amend the framework in relation to unauthorised maritime arrivals and transitory persons who can make a valid application for a visa; provide for changes to the processes and administration of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal; and clarify when a review of a decision in relation to an application is ‘finally determined’.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 25 Jun 2014
Second reading moved 25 Jun 2014
Second reading debate 22 Sep 2014
Second reading agreed to 22 Sep 2014
Consideration in detail debate 22 Sep 2014
Third reading agreed to 22 Sep 2014
Introduced and read a first time 25 Sep 2014
Second reading moved 25 Sep 2014
Second reading debate 16 Mar 2015
Second reading debate 19 Mar 2015
Second reading agreed to 19 Mar 2015
Committee of the Whole debate 19 Mar 2015
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 12 Government and 2 Opposition agreed to
25 Mar 2015
Third reading agreed to 25 Mar 2015
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
25 Mar 2015
Finally passed both Houses 25 Mar 2015
  • Act no.: 35
  • Year: 2015
13 Apr 2015

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

House of representatives


Schedules of amendments

Bills digest


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Text of bill

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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