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Australian Border Force Bill 2015

Immigration and Border Protection
Originating house
House of Representatives
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Introduced with the Customs and Other Legislation Amendment (Australian Border Force) Bill 2015, the bill: establishes the statutory office and role of the Australian Border Force (ABF) Commissioner; provides for the exercise of powers of the commissioner and the ABF employees; provides for the issue of binding written directions in relation to the administration and control of the ABF and the department respectively, and the performance of functions or exercise of powers; provides the ability to require immigration and border protection workers to undergo alcohol and prohibited drug screening tests; establishes secrecy and disclosure provisions; and provides for the management of serious misconduct by employees.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 25 Feb 2015
Second reading moved 25 Feb 2015
Second reading debate 24 Mar 2015
Second reading debate 25 Mar 2015
Second reading agreed to 25 Mar 2015
Third reading agreed to 25 Mar 2015
Introduced and read a first time 25 Mar 2015
Second reading moved 25 Mar 2015
Second reading debate 14 May 2015
Committee of the Whole debate 14 May 2015
Third reading agreed to 14 May 2015
Finally passed both Houses 14 May 2015
  • Act no.: 40
  • Year: 2015
20 May 2015

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments


Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • 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.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • 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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