Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2018

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  • Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2017
Immigration and Border Protection
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House of Representatives
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Introduced with the Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment (Rates of Charge) Bill 2017, the bill amends the Migration Act 1958 to: remove legal practitioners from regulation by the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA); provide that the time period in which a person can be considered an applicant for repeat registration as a migration agent is set out in delegated legislation; remove the 12-month time limit within which a person must apply for registration following completion of a prescribed course; remove redundant regulatory provisions; enable the MARA to refuse an application to become a registered migration agent where the applicant does not respond to requests for further information; require migration agents to notify the MARA that they have ceased acting on a non-commercial basis and commenced acting on a commercial basis; and ensure that the definitions of ‘immigration assistance’ and ‘immigration representations’ include assisting a person in relation to a request to the minister to revoke a character-related visa refusal or cancellation decision.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 21 Jun 2017
Second reading moved 21 Jun 2017
Second reading debate 27 Mar 2018
Referred to Federation Chamber 27 Mar 2018
Second reading debate 27 Mar 2018
Second reading agreed to 27 Mar 2018
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 32 Government agreed to
27 Mar 2018
Reported from Federation Chamber 28 Mar 2018
Third reading agreed to 28 Mar 2018
Introduced and read a first time 08 May 2018
Second reading moved 08 May 2018
Second reading debate 03 Dec 2018
Lapsed at end of Parliament 01 Jul 2019

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

  • 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

Circulated by members and senators when they propose to make changes to the bill. For details about the outcome of proposed amendments please refer to either the Votes and Proceedings (House of Representatives) or the Journals (Senate).

Schedules of amendments

Schedules of amendments list amendments agreed to by the second house are communicated to the first house for consideration. Subsequent action by either house may also be included in a schedule.

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