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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION

' THE HON. HUBERT OPPERMAN, M.P.

New Requirements for Alien Registration

The Minister for Immigration, Mr. Opperman, said today

that recent amendments to the Aliens Act had relieved aliens of

their previous obligation to notify changes of address and

occupation or employment as they occured.

Instead all aliens living in Australia must notify the

Department of Immigration each September of their addresses,

occupations or employment and marital status.

"From next week it will be advertised throughout Australia

that this information must be given to the Department from

the 1st to the 30th September each year", Mr. Opperman said.

"Advertisements will appear in daily and weekly

newspapers and foreigh language newspapers and a poster in six

languages will be displayed in post offices, banks and other

prominent places.

"The new requirement will result in a more accurate and

up-to-date register in Australia", Mr. Opperman added.

"It will also mean a less onerous requirement for the

people concerned, especially those who, in their early years of

residence, frequently change their addresses".

He said that it was in the interest of those concerned

not to have to give frequent notifications and also for the

register to be kept accurate.

Most migrants had carefully observed the law and, with

the new provisions, there was no excuse for non-compliance with

it. Failure to observe the law carried prescribed penalties.

Registration did not involve attendance at a Department

of Immigration office. Addresses, occupations or employment

and marital status could be registered by mail.

Forms were available at the Department's offices and

all money order post offices.

Visitors to Australia for 12 months or less were exempt

from the requirement.

Mr. Opperman said that an alien was a person who was

not a British subject, an Irish citizen, or a British or

Australian protected person.

Department of Immigration,

CANBERRA. A.C.T.

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