375 - 08/04 - Crew Immigration Clearance Requirements - Australia
Under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), authorised officers of the Department of Immigration now have the authority to impose a penalty on the master, owner, agent and charterer of a ship due to crew members' non-compliance. In one recent case an Infringement Notice was issued to the local agent of a foreign ship for the failure of a crew member to be in possession of the required identity document. The agent has been fined AUS$5,000.00, which must be paid within 28 days.
In these circumstances it seems clear that the Department of Immigration is now determined to enforce the new requirements regarding identification documents. Therefore, care should be taken to ensure that all crew of non-military ships entering Australian waters carry with them the required documentation.Source of Information:
Australiatransport@middletons.com.auAustralian Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs.
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