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Migration (Visa Evidence) Charge Bill 2012

2010-2011-2012

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Migration (Visa Evidence) Charge Bill 2012

 

No.      , 2012

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to impose a charge in relation to requests for evidence of visas

   

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ External Territories.............................................................................. 2

4............ Extra-territorial operation.................................................................... 2

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

6............ Imposition of visa evidence charge..................................................... 3

7............ Visa evidence charge limit................................................................... 3

 



A Bill for an Act to impose a charge in relation to requests for evidence of visas

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Migration (Visa Evidence) Charge Act 2012 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 and 2 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Sections 3 to 7

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation.

However, if the provision(s) do not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent, they commence on the day after the end of that period.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   External Territories

                   This Act extends to an external Territory that is a prescribed Territory (within the meaning of subsection 7(1) of the Migration Act).

4   Extra-territorial operation

                   Visa evidence charge is payable in relation to a request for evidence of a visa whether the request is made inside Australia or outside Australia.

5   Definitions

                   In this Act:

indexation factor has the meaning given by subsection 7(3).

Migration Act means the Migration Act 1958 .

visa evidence charge limit for a visa evidence request has the meaning given by subsections 7(1) and (2).

visa evidence request means a request made under section 70 of the Migration Act.

6   Imposition of visa evidence charge

                   Visa evidence charge payable under section 71 of the Migration Act is imposed.

7   Visa evidence charge limit

             (1)  The visa evidence charge limit for a visa evidence request made in the financial year ending on 30 June 2013 is $250.

             (2)  The visa evidence charge limit for a visa evidence request made in a later financial year is the amount worked out by multiplying the limit for the immediately preceding financial year by the greater of 1 or the indexation factor.

Indexation factor

             (3)  The indexation factor is the number worked out using the following formula:

where:

CPI quarter means a period of 3 months ending on 31 March, 30 June, 30 September or 31 December.

index number means the All Groups Consumer Price Index number (being the weighted average of the 8 capital cities) published by the Australian Statistician.

             (4)  The indexation factor is to be calculated to 3 decimal places (rounding up if the fourth decimal place is 5 or more).

             (5)  In working out the indexation factor:

                     (a)  use only the index numbers published in terms of the most recently published reference base for the Consumer Price Index; and

                     (b)  disregard index numbers published in substitution for previously published index numbers (except where the substituted numbers are published to take account of changes in the reference base).

Rounding of limit

             (6)  If the amount worked out under subsection (2) is not a multiple of $5, the amount is to be rounded as follows:

                     (a)  if the amount exceeds the nearest lower multiple of $5 by $2.50 or more—round the amount up to the nearest higher multiple of $5;

                     (b)  otherwise—round the amount down to the nearest lower multiple of $5.

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