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The Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2019 has received Royal Assent today 1 March 2019.

This is the Bill that was ultimately amended with the provisions from the ‘Medivac Bill‘ which appear in Schedule 6 – Transitory persons   

Schedule 1  – allows a lawful basis for return to Australia without a visa, where an unlawful citizen is in the process of being removed from Australia under section 198 and the removal is aborted, or if the removal is completed but the person is not permitted entry into the receiving country. 

Schedule 2 – allows the Department of Home Affairs  to use an online account such as ImmiAccount to provide recipients with certain legally required communications.

Other provisions of the Act include amendments to the Customs Act and the Passenger Movement Charge Act.

Schedules 1,3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Act will commence tomorrow 2 March 2019.

Schedule 2 of the Act commences on a date fixed by Proclamation or 6 months after the day the Act receives Royal Assent.