Text of bill | Explanatory memoranda | Second reading speeches | Proposed amendments | Schedules of amendments | Bills Digest

Bills of the current Parliament

Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of bills homepages, the authoritative sources for verifying the progress of bills are the House of Representatives Votes and Proceedings and the Journals of the Senate.

Migration Amendment (Protecting Migrant Workers) Bill 2021

Originating house
House of Representatives
Not Proceeding
Home Affairs


Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: establish new criminal offences and civil penalties that apply where a person coerces or exerts undue influence or pressure on a non-citizen to accept or agree to certain work arrangements; establish a power to prohibit, for a specified period of time, employers who are subject to a specified migrant worker sanction from allowing additional non-citizens to begin work; require employers and third party providers to use the Visa Entitlement Verification Online system to verify prospective non-citizen workers' immigration status and work-related visa conditions prior to employment; align and increase penalties for certain work-related offences and contraventions or work-related civil penalty provisions; provide the Australian Border Force with regulatory powers in relation to compliance notices and enforceable undertakings for work-related breaches; and enable the minister to delegate their functions and powers in relation to enforceable undertakings.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 24/11/21  
Second reading moved 24/11/21  
Lapsed at dissolution 11/04/22  

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