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Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018

Supplmentary Explanatory Memorandum relating to sheet JC579

(Circulated by authority of the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon. David Coleman MP)
Amendments to be Moved on Behalf of the Government


These government amendments amend the Migration Act 1958 (the Migration Act) to provide grounds for non-citizens who commit serious offences, and who pose a risk to the safety of the Australian community, to be appropriately considered for visa refusal or cancellation.

Specifically, the provisions of the government amendments:

amend the character test in section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 to provide grounds to consider visa cancellation or refusal where the non-citizen has been convicted of a serious crime.
make consequential amendments to the definition of character concern in section 5C of the Migration Act 1958.

Financial Impact Statement

These government amendments will have a no financial impact.


A Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights has been completed in relation to these government amendments in this Bill and assesses that the amendments are compatible with Australia's human rights obligations. A copy of the Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights is at Attachment A.

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