Miscellaneous Measures Bill passes both houses

The Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018, which is about transfers to Australia of persons requiring medical treatment, passes Parliament and awaits Royal Assent

On 13 February 2019, the Senate passed the Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 as amended by the House of Representatives. Schedule 1 of the Bill, which deals with the transfer to Australia of persons requiring treatment, commences the day after the Bill receives the Royal Assent.  The Bill has not received the Royal Assent yet.

The Bill was initially named Migration Amendment (Urgent Medical Treatment) Bill 2018 and its explanatory memorandum includes the following passage:

This bill seeks to amend the Migration Act 1958 to require the temporary transfer to Australia of transitory persons on Manus Island or Nauru, and their families, if they are assessed by two or more treating doctors as requiring medical treatment. It also requires the temporary transfer of all children and their families from offshore detention to Australia for the purpose of medical or psychiatric assessment.

The amendments originally suggested by the Senate, then made by the House of Representatives and eventually approved by the Senate can be found here.


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Sergio Zanotti Stagliorio is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1461003). He is the owner of Target Migration in Sydney. He can be reached at sergio@targetmigration.com.au