By | Migration Agent Sydney | 22 May 2015
There has been an independent review into the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) which is being adopted by the Government according to the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash.
One of the recommendations adopted is to fully consolidate OMARA into the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), as announced in the 2015-16 Federal Budget.
The key recommendations, according to the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection are to ensure that registered migration agents continue to have the necessary skills by strengthening requirements for entry into the profession, improving arrangements around professional development and reviewing the Code of Conduct.
The Assistant Minister has been quoted as saying:
"Changes such as these recognise that migration agents are providing important and complex advice to their clients," and
"We will also reduce the regulatory burden for those agents who have a proven record of good standing by streamlining re-registration processes."
Lawyers who were subject to relevant State or Territory legal authorities would no longer need to register with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority. However, I am of the opinion this will expose migrants to a new wave of representatives who are inexperienced in the field of immigration law.
The full report on the updated migration agents registration scheme can be found here: http://www.immi.gov.au/pub-res/Documents/reviews/omara-review.pdf