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Migration (Visa Application) Charge Amendment Bill 1999

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1998

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

 

MIGRATION (VISA APPLICATION) CHARGE AMENDMENT BILL 1998

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Circulated by authority of the

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs,

the Hon. Philip Ruddock MP)

 

 



MIGRATION (VISA APPLICATION) CHARGE AMENDMENT BILL 1998

 

OUTLINE

 

Overview

 

1         The Migration (Visa Application) Charge Amendment Bill 1998 (“the Bill”) makes minor technical amendments to the Migration (Visa Application) Charge Act 1997

 

2         The Migration (Visa Application) Charge Act 1997 imposes a visa application charge and sets a visa application charge limit in relation to visa applications made either inside or outside Australia.  Specific visa application charges are set out in the regulations.

 

3         The amendments ensure that:

 

·          only the index numbers published in terms of the most recently published reference base for the Consumer Price Index are used to calculate the visa application charge limit; and

·          calculations disregard index numbers that are published in substitution for previously published index numbers, except where the substituted numbers are published to take account of changes in the reference base; and

·          a minor inconsistency in terminology is corrected.

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT

 

4         There are no significant financial implications as a result of these amendments.

 

 

 



MIGRATION (VISA APPLICATION) CHARGE AMENDMENT BILL 1998

 

 

NOTES ON INDIVIDUAL CLAUSES

 

Clause 1             Short title

 

1         The short title by which this Act will be known is the Migration (Visa Application) Charge Amendment Act 1998.

 

Clause 2             Commencement

 

2         Clause 2 provides that this Act will be taken to have commenced immediately after the commencement of the Migration (Visa Application) Charge Act 1997.   The commencement date is necessary to ensure that the visa application charge limit is updated from the time that the visa application charge commenced.

 

Clause 3            Schedule(s)

 

3         Clause 3 provides that the provisions of each Act set out in the items of the Schedule are amended or repealed as indicated.

 

 



SCHEDULE 1 - Migration (Visa Application) Charge Act 1997

 

Item 1               Paragraph 5(4)(a)

 

4         This item makes a minor typographical amendment, such that the indexation factor for the calculation of the visa application charge limit will refer to “the most recently published reference base” for the Consumer Price Index, rather than to “their most recently published reference base”.

 

Item 2               Paragraph 5(4)(b)

 

5         This item replaces the word “indexation” with the word “index”, so that it is consistent with the terminology used in the other provisions of the Act.

 

Item 3               Paragraph 5(4)(b)

 

6         This item amends paragraph 5(4)(b) to ensure that:

 

·          only the index numbers published in terms of the most recently published reference base for the Consumer Price Index are used to calculate the visa application charge limit; and

·          calculations disregard index numbers that are published in substitution for previously published index numbers, except where the substituted numbers are published to take account of changes in the reference base.