Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2019

Home Affairs
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House of Representatives
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Introduced with the Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment (Rates of Charge) Bill 2019, the bill amends the Migration Act 1958 to: remove unrestricted legal practitioners from the regulatory scheme that governs migration agents; allow eligible restricted legal practitioners to be both registered migration agents and restricted legal practitioners for a period of up to two years; enable the time period in which a person can be considered an applicant for repeat registration as a migration agent to be specified in delegated legislation; remove the 12-month time limit within which a person must apply for registration following completion of a prescribed course; clarify that the powers under Part 3 of the Act are exercisable by the minister; enable the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) to refuse an application to become a registered migration agent where an applicant has failed to provide information or answer questions in relation to their application; require registered migration agents to notify MARA if they have paid the non-commercial application charge for their current period of registration but give immigration assistance otherwise than on a non-commercial basis; and provide that the definitions of 'immigration assistance' and 'makes immigration representations' include assisting a person in relation to a request to the minister to exercise his or her power under the Act to revoke a character-related visa refusal or cancellation decision.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 27 Nov 2019
Second reading moved 27 Nov 2019
Second reading debate 12 Feb 2020
Second reading agreed to 12 Feb 2020
Third reading agreed to 12 Feb 2020
Introduced and read a first time 13 Feb 2020
Second reading moved 13 Feb 2020
Second reading debate 12 Jun 2020
Second reading debate 15 Jun 2020
Second reading agreed to 15 Jun 2020
Committee of the Whole debate 15 Jun 2020
Third reading agreed to 15 Jun 2020
Finally passed both Houses 15 Jun 2020
  • Act no: 71
  • Year: 2020
22 Jun 2020

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Text of bill

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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.

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Schedules of amendments

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