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Prevention and deterrence

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Prevention and deterrence

See above section a) for details on Australia’s legislative approach.

Under the application process for the Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa there are a number of mechanisms in place to detect and prevent instances of forced marriage:

  • As of 1 July 2013, both applicants and sponsors must be at least 18 years of age when the application is made. All persons under the age of 18 years are now interviewed to, amongst other things, ascertain the presence of non-consent of one party to a visa application.

  • Visa application forms have also been amended to insert a question that requires the applicant and sponsor to respond on whether they were forced or coerced to enter into the relationship. Where it is found that the consent of one party was not given, the information is recorded in the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s systems. Where the officer is satisfied that, due to the non‑consent, the relationship is not genuine a decision is made to refuse the application.  

Directory: Documents -> Issues -> Women -> WRGS -> ForcedMarriage
ForcedMarriage -> Home Office Consultation (December 2011) on the Criminalisation of Forced Marriage Response by Southall Black Sisters March 2012
WRGS -> Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (ohchr) report on Child, Early and Forced marriage
ForcedMarriage -> Forced marriage in england and wales: challenges, achievements, best practices and implementation gaps
ForcedMarriage -> Information on practice in the Republic of Latvia1
WRGS -> Canadian efforts to address child, early and forced marriage Report for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on progress towards ending child, early and forced marriage worldwide
ForcedMarriage -> Canadian efforts to address child, early and forced marriage December 2013 Context A. Shared Responsibilities

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