Migration Amendment (Strengthening Employer Compliance) Bill 2023

Home Affairs
Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Senate
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Amends the: Migration Act 1958 to: establish criminal offences and associated civil penalty provisions for a person who unduly influences, pressures or coerces a non-citizen to breach a work-related condition of their visa or accept an exploitative work arrangement to meet a work-related condition of their visa; enable the minister to prohibit certain employers from employing any additional non-citizens and introduce associated offence and civil penalty provisions; require the minister to publish certain information about a prohibited employer; increase and align the maximum criminal and civil penalties for current and proposed work-related and employer-sponsored related breaches; trigger the enforceable undertaking provisions in the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014; provide for enforceable compliance notices where an officer suspects a contravention of a work or sponsorship-related offence or related provision; remove the criminal offence of breaching a work-related visa condition and insert an avoidance of doubt clause for remaining work-related offence provisions; and enable the Migration Regulations 1994 to prescribe matters the minister may, must or must not take into account when considering the exercise of the power to cancel visas on certain grounds.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 22 Jun 2023
Second reading moved 22 Jun 2023
Second reading debate 07 Aug 2023
Second reading debate 11 Sep 2023
Second reading agreed to 11 Sep 2023
Third reading agreed to 11 Sep 2023
Introduced and read a first time 12 Sep 2023
Second reading moved 12 Sep 2023

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