A review of the legislative framework that governs Australia’s migration advice industry was announced today as the Australian Government reaffirms its commitment towards creating a world class migration advice industry.
The Department of Home Affairs has released a discussion paper, available on the Department’s website, seeking industry feedback and highlighting key considerations for legislative reform, including qualification standards to practice as a registered migration agent and measures to strengthen consumer protection.
Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, Jason Wood, said this review will build on previous formal reviews of the migration advice industry, which were focussed on reducing regulatory burden for the industry.
“I intend to work with agents to build the industry’s reputation and ensure a robust regulatory migration advice framework that prevents misconduct and unlawful advice,” Mr Wood said.
“This review will support the development of initiatives to combat serious misconduct by registered agents and unlawful providers, and thereby protect consumers and build confidence in the industry,” he said.
“The majority of registered migration agents provide an excellent service. They offer an essential service in assisting migrants to navigate Australia’s visa system.
“This industry makes a significant contribution to the Australian economy and society. Registered migration agents facilitate the migration of people with the qualifications and skills Australia needs to grow our businesses and support our employers.
“It is in Australia’s best interests to ensure this industry is respected and trusted and that clients can have confidence in the advice and services they receive.
“But while regulation of the industry remains important, the Australian Government does not seek to impose unnecessary administrative burdens or red tape on practitioners,” he said.
The discussion paper is available on the Department of Home Affairs website: www.homeaffairs.gov.au. Submissions can be made online until 27 July 2020.