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A Bill for an Act to amend the Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Act 1997, and for related purposes
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Introduced HR 17 Sep 2003

Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment Bill 2003
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Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment Bill 2003
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2002-2003

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Presented and read a first time

Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment Bill 2003

No. , 2003

(Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs)

A Bill for an Act to amend the Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Act 1997, and for related purposes

Contents

1       Short title 1

2       Commencement 1

3       Schedule(s) 2

Schedule 1--Amendments       3

Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Act 1997       3

A Bill for an Act to amend the Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Act 1997, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1 Short title
        This Act may be cited as the Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment Act 2003.

2 Commencement
       (1) Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.


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Commencement information

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Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1. Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.


2. Schedule 1

At the same time as Schedule 1 to the Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Agents Integrity Measures) Act 2003 commences.


Note:       This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally passed by the Parliament and assented to. It will not be expanded to deal with provisions inserted in this Act after assent.

       (2) Column 3 of the table contains additional information that is not part of this Act. Information in this column may be added to or edited in any published version of this Act.

3 Schedule(s)
        Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1--Amendments

Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Act 1997

1 Title

Omit "on applications by individuals for registration as", substitute "in relation to the registration of".

2 Before section 1

Insert:

Part 1--Preliminary

3 After section 2

Insert:

Part 2--Imposition of charge on registration applications

4 Section 3

Omit "this Act", substitute "this Part".

5 At the end of the Act

Add:

Part 3--Imposition of charge in respect of the status of a migration agent's registration

9 Interpretation
       (1) In this Part:

Charge Regulations means the Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Regulations 1998.

immigration assistance has the same meaning as in Part 3 of the Migration Act 1958.

non-commercial application fee means charge payable under regulation 5 of the Charge Regulations.

registered migration agent has the same meaning as in Part 3 of the Migration Act 1958.

       (2) For the purposes of this Part, a registered migration agent gives immigration assistance on a commercial basis if he or she gives immigration assistance:

       (a) on a commercial, or for-profit, basis; or

       (b) as a member of, or a person associated with, an organisation that operates on a commercial, or for-profit, basis.

       (3) The regulations may make provision for and in relation to working out the day on which a registered migration agent begins to give immigration assistance on a commercial basis.

10 Imposition of charge
        Charge is imposed in respect of a registered migration agent:

       (a) who paid the non-commercial application fee in relation to his or her current period of registration; and

       (b) who gives immigration assistance on a commercial basis at any time during that period.

11 Who must pay charge?
        Charge is payable by the registered migration agent.

12 Amount of charge
Amount of charge

       (1) The amount of charge payable by the registered migration agent is the amount worked out using this formula:

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where:

commercial application fee means the amount of charge that would have been payable by the agent under regulation 4 of the Charge Regulations, if that regulation had applied in relation to his or her current period of registration.

paid fee means the non-commercial application fee paid by the agent in relation to his or her current period of registration.

remaining period means the period:

       (a) beginning on the first day in the current period of the agent's registration on which he or she gives immigration assistance on a commercial basis; and

       (b) ending on the last day of the current period of the agent's registration.

Rounding

       (2) If the amount worked out using the formula is not a number of whole dollars, it is to be rounded down to the nearest whole dollar.

13 Regulations
        The Governor-General may make regulations for the purposes of this Part.

6 Application

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to registrations taking place after the commencement of this Schedule.