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Old 16th September 2009, 01:22 PM   #1
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Stronger Measures for the Protection of Children

The Australian Government is strengthening policies around the sponsorship of minors for visas to enter Australia because it considers that the safety of children is paramount. The Government wants to ensure that children seeking to enter Australia under partner and child visas are protected from being sponsored by people with convictions for child sex offences or other serious offences indicating that they might pose a significant risk to a child in their care.

From 16 September 2009, sponsors of child visa applications and partner or prospective marriage applications which include a minor applicant will be required to provide a National Police Check as part of the process of assessing the application. This applies to existing applications that have not been decided on this date as well as to any new applications.

The results of the National Police Check will be used by the department to assess whether or not the visa application satisfies public interest criteria relating to the best interests of children.

http://www.immi.gov.au/migrants/fami...f-children.htm
http://www.afp.gov.au/business/national_police_checks
http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/char...cter-penal.pdf
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It's a very good move. And it becomes just one more requirement for sponsors. I've never come across anyone who's objected. And why would they?
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