Review of sponsorship provisions relating to family visa program-
(1) Within 18 months of the commencement of Schedule 1 of this Act, the Minister must cause to be conducted a review of:
(a) the operation of Division 3A of Part 2 (sponsorship) in relation to the sponsored family visa program; and
(b) the extent to which the operation of that Division has:
(i) strengthened the integrity of the sponsored family visa program; and
(ii) improved the management of family violence in the delivery of the sponsored family visa program.
(2) The Minister must cause to be prepared a report of a review under subsection (1).
(3) The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sittings days of that House after the completion of the preparation of the report.
[review of sponsorship provisions]
History- Amends the Migration Act 1958 to establish a sponsorship framework for the sponsored family visa program to: separate sponsorship assessment from the visa application process for family sponsored visas; require the approval of persons as family sponsors before any relevant visa applications are made; impose statutory obligations on persons who are or were approved as family sponsors and provide for sanctions if those obligations are not satisfied; facilitate the sharing of personal information between parties identified in a sponsorship application; enable the refusal of a sponsorship application and the cancellation or barring of a family sponsor in certain circumstances; enable the regulations to prescribe details for, and in relation to, the operation of the sponsorship framework; and make consequential amendments.
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