Obviously deportations or removals of persons, who have spent a certain period in Australia has tremendous impacts and consequences on their lives and most likely on the ones of their families as well. Therefore it is worth assessing how significant family related aspects are taken in the administrative decision-making process concerning deportations or removals. The essay starts with a description of the domestic legal framework, to evaluate conditions under which such measures are legitimate. An overview on family protection in Australia presents the different sources of human rights together with its content and scope. More specifically the notion of family life for the assessment of the legality of deportations or removals is scrutinised by examining the compliance with international treaty obligations as well as the significance of citizenship. Finally, two relevant General Directions (GD), given by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and providing guidelines, are assessed in the context of sufficient safeguards for family life.
Criminal Law | Criminal Procedure | Human Rights Law
Date of this Version
Gregor Heissl, "Family Protection and Deportations or Removals: The Relevance of the Protection of Family Life for the Assessment of Deportations or Removals in Australia" (November 2009). University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series 2009. Working Paper 45.