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Guardian for Unaccompanied Children Bill 2014

2013-2014

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Guardian for Unaccompanied Children Bill 2014

 

No.      , 2014

 

(Senator Hanson-Young)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to establish an independent Office of Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

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

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Objects of this Act.............................................................................. 2

4............ Principles underlying this Act............................................................. 3

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 4

6............ Unaccompanied non-citizen child........................................................ 5

7............ Evidence.............................................................................................. 6

8............ Operation of State and Territory laws................................................. 6

9............ Application of Act to external Territories............................................ 6

10.......... Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 6

Part 2—Guardianship of unaccompanied non-citizen children                 7

11.......... Guardianship of unaccompanied non-citizen children......................... 7

12.......... Unaccompanied non-citizen child not to leave Australia without consent 7

13.......... Custody of unaccompanied non-citizen children................................. 8

14.......... Saving of application of State laws..................................................... 8

15.......... Offences in respect of unaccompanied non-citizen child..................... 8

Part 3—Provisions relating to the Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children               9

Division 1—Establishment                                                                                          9

16.......... Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children........................... 9

17.......... Appointment....................................................................................... 9

Division 2—Functions and powers                                                                       10

18.......... Functions and powers of Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children        10

19.......... Cooperation and consultation with other agencies............................. 11

20.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 12

Division 3—Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children       13

21.......... General terms and conditions of appointment................................... 13

22.......... Acting Guardian................................................................................ 13

23.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 13

24.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 14

25.......... Restriction on outside employment................................................... 14

26.......... Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 14

27.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 14

28.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 14

Part 4—Provisions relating to the Office of Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children          16

Division 1—Establishment                                                                                        16

29.......... Office of the Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children.... 16

Division 2—Functions                                                                                                  17

30.......... Functions of the Office of the Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children 17

Division 3—Staff and consultants                                                                         18

31.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 18

32.......... Consultants....................................................................................... 18

Part 5—Other matters                                                                                                        19

33.......... Annual reports.................................................................................. 19

34.......... Review of operation of Act............................................................... 19

35.......... Immunity from civil proceedings...................................................... 19

36.......... Appropriation.................................................................................... 20

37.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 20

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                               22

Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946                                             22

Migration Act 1958                                                                                                    22

 



A Bill for an Act to establish an independent Office of Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children, and for related purposes

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