The Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Jason Wood MP, is establishing a Migration Advice Industry Advisory Group (the Advisory Group).
The Advisory Group will provide expert advice to the Australian Government on matters relating to the migration advice industry, including potential reforms to the legislative framework governing the industry. This may include:
- supporting the Review of Migration Agents Instruments being undertaken by the Department of Home Affairs, including the
Migration Act 1958 (the Act), the Migration Agents Regulations 1998 (the Regulations) and associated instruments
- providing advice on developing a world class migration advice industry including improvements to qualification standards, professional standards and addressing misconduct and unlawful activity
- shaping the Government’s strategy for engagement with the industry
- providing fair and frank advice on all other matters related to the efficient functioning and future growth of the industry
The Advisory Group will meet either via teleconference or face-to-face at the request of the Assistant Minister. Members will not be remunerated for their work or attendance at meetings and will be required to cover any travel costs incurred.
The Advisory Group will comprise 18 formal members. Membership will remain in effect for a maximum of 12 months or until otherwise notified by the Assistant Minister, or the Department on behalf of the Assistant Minister, in writing. The group will incorporate broad representation and may include migration agents (legal and non-legal), academics, community and the government sectors.
We are now seeking nominations for membership of the Advisory Group from experts with demonstrated practical experience in the migration advice industry.
Nominations closed at 5pm Friday 4 September 2020.