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Migration Amendment (Reform of Employer Sanctions) Bill 2012

Originating house
House of Representatives
Immigration and Citizenship


In response to recommendations of the Report of the 2010 Review of the Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Act 2007 in relation to the employer sanctions framework, the bill amends the Migration Act 1958 to: amend the criminal offences, and create new non-fault civil penalty provisions, for persons who allow an unlawful non-citizen to work, refer an unlawful person to a third person for work, allow a lawful non-citizen to work in breach of a work-related visa condition or refer a lawful non-citizen to a third person for work in breach of a work-related visa condition; extend liability for contravention to a wider range of persons and entities; enable an infringement notice to be issued as an alternative to commencing civil penalty proceedings; extend the geographical jurisdiction in relation to work-related civil penalty provisions; and introduce investigation powers to allow authorised officers to gather evidence of suspected breaches.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 19/09/12  
Second reading moved 19/09/12  
Referred to Federation Chamber 01/11/12  
Second reading debate 26/11/12  
Second reading debate 27/11/12  
Second reading agreed to 27/11/12  
Reported from Federation Chamber 27/11/12  
Third reading agreed to 27/11/12  
Introduced and read a first time 28/11/12  
Second reading moved 28/11/12  
Second reading debate 27/02/13  
Second reading agreed to 27/02/13  
Third reading agreed to 27/02/13  
Text of bill as passed both Houses 27/02/13  
Assent 14/03/13 Act no.: 10 - Year: 2013

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

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