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Reform of the Application of the Migration Act to Offshore Resource Workers

On 29 June 2013 the Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Bill 2013 received the Royal Assent, becoming the Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Act 2013 (Act No. 117 of 2013).

This Act gives effect to the 30 May 2013 announcement by the then Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Brendan O'Connor, that the Government would amend the Migration Act 1958 to apply the Migration Act to workers in Australia's offshore resources industry. The changes will come into effect in 2014. The changes to the Migration Act mean that non-citizens performing or supporting activities in Australia's offshore maritime zones that need authorisation under defined regulatory schemes (most notably the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006) will be deemed to be in the migration zone. Mr O'Connor also announced a process of consultation which will inform the development of a dedicated visa pathway for this industry.

A discussion paper will be released in the coming weeks outlining the issues being considered and identifying areas where input from stakeholders would be particularly useful.

It is expected that the new arrangements will come into effect in early 2014, along with transitional visa arrangements.

For further information, contact the Migration Maritime Taskforce.

See also:
Media release
Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Bill 2013 (external site)

Previous material:
Media Release announcing introduction of Bill
Media Release announcing original review
Review Terms of Reference ( 43KB PDF file)
Fact Sheet ( 33KB PDF file)
Frequently Asked Questions ( 41KB PDF file)
Discussion Paper ( 54KB PDF file)