Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Passenger Declaration) Regulations 2021, dated 9 December 2021, amend the Customs Regulation 2015 and the Migration Regulations 1994 to introduce digital passenger declaration for use by travellers voluntarily.
Schedule 1 amends the Migration regulations stating that a traveller providing a DPD will not be required to complete a passenger card or crew declaration for the purposes of immigration and customs clearance unless the DPD has been withdrawn. It has also laid down grounds to provide discretion to cancel a visa in case incorrect information is provided in relation to DPD.
Schedule 2 amends the Customs Regulations to remove the requirement to use the passenger card or crew declaration to provide information to a Collector about accompanied or unaccompanied personal or household effects of a traveller if the traveller completes a DPD, provides a Collector with the code relating to the goods that are provided by the departmental system that processes the DPD, and updates or provides any further information if required, which can be done orally or in writing. In addition, it allows a Collector to require the completion of the passenger card or crew declaration if the Collector reasonably suspects that the DPD in relation to the personal effects is inaccurate or incomplete.
Implementation of the DPD has commenced from December 2021.
The Instrument is registered on the Federal Register of Legislation on 13 December 2021 and commenced on 14 December 2021.
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