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The purpose of the instrument is to specify additional areas of Australia represented by their postcodes for the purposes of the definition of specified Subclass 462 work.

Additional areas of Australia represented by their postcodes for New South Wales, Norfolk Island, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania have been included in the instrument. Work carried out in these additional areas must only be for the additional kinds of work specified in Schedule 4 of the instrument.

The additional kinds of work specified in Schedule 4 of the instrument are for plant and animal cultivation.

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This legislative instrument amends the Migration Regulations 1994 (Migration Regulations) to create greater efficiencies in border processing at international ports in line with the digital transformation agenda.

In particular, the amendments will reduce the processing burden for travellers at some international ports using a SmartGate (or other authorised system) by removing the requirement to present a physical passport if details of their passport are already held electronically and can be used to establish identity.

Prior to the amendments, an image of the traveller’s head and shoulders had to be compared with the image and details in the physical passport to establish identity, citizenship and visa status, as applicable. Under these amendments, in certain circumstances, the image of the person’s head and shoulders can instead be compared with electronic passport details already held, saving the inefficient burden of presenting the physical document and more quickly clearing travellers in increasingly busy ports.

The electronic passport details will be obtained either the first time a person travels on that passport or, for Australian citizens, they may also be able to be obtained from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This is colloquially referred to as ‘Contactless Processing’ as little contact is made with clearance authorities other than presenting to a SmartGate for the purpose of having a facial image taken and compared with existing data.

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If you have run up against a brick wall or are fire fighting a problem at first instance or staring down a refusal or have a matter at the AAT, don't forget that as a member of MA you can ask me for FREE assistance.

Depending on the circumstances and any issues of timing I am happy to help you with settling submissions, preparing replies to queries and preparing outlines of submissions to the AAT.

If you need this help all you have to do is send me an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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There is an article in the SMH today about the family of Nancy Bird, the pioneer aviatrix, her brother and his children.

Border Force asserts they are not citizens!

https://www.smh.com.au/national/bloody-devastated-family-members-of-aviation-pioneer-have-citizenship-challenged-20181101-p50dgl.html

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From 17 November 2018 the Department of Home Affairs, will offer current Subclass 405 (Investor Retirement) as well as Subclass 410 (Retirement) visa holders ability to transition to permanent residence.

Briefly, subclass 405/410 visas are aimed at self-funded retirees who have no dependents and want to live in Australia during their retirement years.  These visas enable the applicants who are 55 years or older or with a set income of AUD$65,000 per year (or AUD$50,000 per year to live in a regional area) or a set investment to reside in Australia on a temporary basis.  However, both visa categories are now closed to new applicants.  The new Regulations target retirees who, at the time this change was announced in the Federal Budget on 8 May 2018, held a Subclass 405 (Investor Retirement) visa or a Subclass 410 (Retirement) visa, or who did not hold a substantive visa on that date and the last substantive visa held was one of those visas. In addition, the retiree must not have held a substantive visa, other than one of those visas, since 8 May 2018.

The new legislative instrument establishes a pathway to permanently regularise the status of ageing and increasingly vulnerable long-term temporary residents, holders of Retirement (subclass 410) and Investor Retirement (subclass 405) visas (Retirees), by providing them with a pathway to obtain a permanent visa.  By way of background, the Retirement visa was introduced more than 35 years ago to encourage self-supporting Retirees to bring overseas funds into the Australian economy and spend time in Australia as temporary residents at no cost to Australia’s social and welfare system.

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