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MIGRATION ACT 1958 - SECT 234

False documents and false or misleading information etc. relating to non-citizens

             (1)  A person shall not, in connexion with the entry, proposed entry or immigration clearance, of a non-citizen (including that person himself or herself) into Australia or with an application for a visa or a further visa permitting a non-citizen (including that person himself or herself) to remain in Australia:

                     (a)  present, or cause to be presented, to an officer or a person exercising powers or performing functions under this Act a document which is forged or false;

                     (b)  make, or cause to be made, to an officer or a person exercising powers or performing functions under this Act a statement that, to the person's knowledge, is false or misleading in a material particular; or

                     (c)  deliver, or cause to be delivered, to an officer or a person exercising powers or performing functions under this Act, or otherwise furnish, or cause to be furnished for official purposes of the Commonwealth, a document containing a statement or information that is false or misleading in a material particular.

             (2)  A person shall not transfer or part with possession of a document:

                     (a)  with intent that the document be used to help a person, being a person not entitled to use it, to gain entry, or to remain in, Australia or to be immigration cleared; or

                     (b)  where the person has reason to suspect that the document may be so used.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 10 years or 1,000 penalty units, or both.



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