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Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019

Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Senate
Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs


Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: amend the character test by providing grounds to consider visa cancellation or refusal where a non-citizen has been convicted of offences involving violence against a person, weapons, breaching of an apprehended violence order (or similar) or non-consensual sexual acts; and make consequential amendments.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 04/07/19  
Second reading moved 04/07/19  
Second reading debate 18/09/19  
Second reading agreed to 19/09/19  
Third reading agreed to 19/09/19  
Introduced and read a first time 19/09/19  
Second reading moved 19/09/19  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (04/07/2019): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (13/09/2019)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (24/07/2019): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 3 of 2019
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (30/07/2019): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 3 of 2019