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Articles: Complexity of Australia’s Immigration Laws

31 January 2017

Maria Jockel , Legal Principal and National Leader, Migration Services |

Australia’s immigration laws are highly codified, rule based and complex. The laws relating to immigration change constantly. It is a dynamic and complex legislative scheme which includes multiple layers of legislation and regulation. There are over 3,000 pages of legislation and more than 20,000 pages of policy guidelines which provide direction and guidance to Departmental officers as to how they are to interpret and understand Australia’s immigration laws.

The merger of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, and the establishment of the Australian Border Force as the operational enforcement arm is a profound and far-reaching change to managing Australia’s borders and the movement of goods and people.

With the significant and ongoing demand for temporary and permanent entry to Australia, expert immigration law services combined with strategic and practical advice is essential to navigate this complex legislative regime.

BDO’s registered Migration Agents act in accordance with the regulatory requirements.  In Australia this includes the Code of Conduct. https://www.mara.gov.au