Skip navigation

Illegal Migration Act: What is in force?

The Illegal Migration Act became law on 20 July 2023.

Although the Act paves the way for an entirely new – and wholly draconian – legal framework for processing asylum claims, many of its provisions have not yet been ‘commenced’. This means that many of the new powers and processes do not yet apply.

This brief guide aims to help asylum seekers and refugee support organisations understand which parts of the legislation have been implemented. Read it here.

  • What is the Illegal Migration Act and what does it do?
  • Is the Illegal Migration Act now in force?
  • So, what happens to people who are now barred from being granted refugee status?
  • What is on the horizon?