“Deregulation” Bill (not just deregulation) introduced in the Senate

The "Deregulation" Bill passed the House of Reps on 12 Feb 2020 and was introduced and read a first time in the Senate on 13 Feb 2020. On 28 November 2019, the Senate referred the provisions of the Bill to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 18 March 2020. As a result, it is unlikely that the Senate will debate the Bill before 23 March 2020, which is the first sitting day following the report's deadline. We discuss in this article that the Deregulation Bill is not just about the deregulation of lawyers, but also includes other important changes.

The so-called "Deregulation Bill" (Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2019) has passed the House of Representatives on 12 Feb 2020 and was introduced and read a first time in the Senate on 13 Feb 2020.

We discuss in this article that the Deregulation Bill is not just about the deregulation of lawyers, but also includes other important changes such as the following:

- Changes to the period of registration for RMAs

- Requiring RMAs to provide further information when applying for registration

- Changes relating to the registration application charge

- Changes relating to the scope of the definition of "immigration assistance"

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