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Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2019

Originating house
House of Representatives
Home Affairs


Introduced with the Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment (Rates of Charge) Bill 2019, the bill amends the Migration Act 1958 to: remove unrestricted legal practitioners from the regulatory scheme that governs migration agents; allow eligible restricted legal practitioners to be both registered migration agents and restricted legal practitioners for a period of up to two years; enable the time period in which a person can be considered an applicant for repeat registration as a migration agent to be specified in delegated legislation; remove the 12-month time limit within which a person must apply for registration following completion of a prescribed course; clarify that the powers under Part 3 of the Act are exercisable by the minister; enable the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) to refuse an application to become a registered migration agent where an applicant has failed to provide information or answer questions in relation to their application; require registered migration agents to notify MARA if they have paid the non-commercial application charge for their current period of registration but give immigration assistance otherwise than on a non-commercial basis; and provide that the definitions of 'immigration assistance' and 'makes immigration representations' include assisting a person in relation to a request to the minister to exercise his or her power under the Act to revoke a character-related visa refusal or cancellation decision.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 27/11/19  
Second reading moved 27/11/19  
Second reading debate 12/02/20  
Second reading agreed to 12/02/20  
Third reading agreed to 12/02/20  
Introduced and read a first time 13/02/20  
Second reading moved 13/02/20  
Second reading debate 12/06/20  
Second reading debate 15/06/20  
Second reading agreed to 15/06/20  
Committee of the Whole debate 15/06/20  
Third reading agreed to 15/06/20  
Finally passed both Houses 15/06/20  
Assent 22/06/20 Act no: 71 - Year: 2020

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

  • Australian Greens [sheet 8957]
MCKIM, Sen Nick


Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest