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Legislation relating to migration

Legislation relating to migration.

Migration Act 1958 (Cth)

This Act governs the entry of people into Australia who are not Australian citizens. It includes laws about visas that permit people to stay in Australia for particular purposes. It also regulates the removal of people who stay in the country without permission.

See Migration Act 1958 (Cth)(opens in a new window).

Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth)

These regulations set out various procedures relating to migration law for people who are not Australian citizens. The 7 volume instrument regulates visas, sponsorship of non-citizens, adoption, deportation and applications for refugee and humanitarian visas.

See Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth)(opens in a new window).

Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

This Act relates to marriage, divorce and matrimonial causes. It includes law about parental responsibility for children and financial matters arising out of the breakdown of de facto relationships.

See Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)(opens in a new window).

Marriage Act 1961 (Cth)

This Act sets out the conditions that are required before people can marry. This includes:

  • the age that people are allowed to marry without parental consent
  • who are able to perform a marriage ceremony
  • the documents that must be signed
  • the length of time between applying to marry and the marriage taking place
  • the requirement for witnesses
  • the recognition of foreign marriages
  • offences against marriage, such as bigamy.

See Marriage Act 1961 (Cth)(opens in a new window).