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The Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) in New Zealand is the equivalent authority to MARA in Australia. A Licensed Immigration Adviser in NZ is the equivalent occupation to a Registered Migration Agent in Australia. 

Under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act (TTMR Act) is a mutual recognition principle between Australia and New Zealand that permits an individual who is registered in Australia for an occupation to be registered for the equivalent occupation in New Zealand (and vice versa).  Under the TTMR Act, MARA recognises NZ licensed immigration advisers that hold a full license to be registered as registered migration agents in Australia without any conditions or limitations. This is consistent with the intent of the act as these are equivalent occupations.

The issue is that IAA does not reciprocate and does not currently permit Australian registered migration agents to obtain full registration in NZ in the equivalent occupation of a licensed immigration adviser. 

The relevant principle under the TTMR Act states:



It is important to note that as per section (2) above, no laws of New Zealand can require any 'particular qualification' where registration is being made for an equivalent occupation. It is important to note that the definition in the TTMR Act for 'qualification' is not just limited to awards but also includes any specific experience, education or training. 



IAA state at http://www.iaa.govt.nz/become-adviser/trans-tasman.asp that applicants under the TTMR Act must apply for a provisional license and are not eligible for a full license:



As a period of supervision fits within the definition of 'qualification' as it is a 'specific kind of experience', and the TTMR Act principle states that equivalent occupations cannot require any additional qualification, IAA cannot request for the adviser to undergo a period of supervision and also be downgraded to a non-equivalent license (provisional rather than full). This is contrary to the intent of the TTMR Act, and contrary to MARA's recognition of the TTMR Act.

Fortunately the decision of the IAA to not grant a full license to an Australian registered migration agent can be appealed through the occupations tribunal of New Zealand. To date no one has taken the initiative to challenge this. A successful win in the tribunal will force the IAA to revise their policy and be consistent with the TTMR Act. Currently the fee for a review is NZ$600.

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The following email has been received from the DIBP:

The Department advises that from 1 December 2017 all requests for Ministerial Intervention under sections 351 and 417 of the Migration Act 1958 will be centrally processed by the NSW Ministerial Intervention team.  Agents will be advised of any active Melbourne cases transferred to Sydney.  There is no change in the process for lodgement of requests.  

From 1 December 2017 all case enquiries should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Ask any small business owner about the most difficult aspect of running a business and you’ll most likely get an array of answers. However, one thing in common that most discover when venturing down the path of business ownership is trying to cope with the never-ending task of balancing business expenses and managing the cash flow. Just as you get your head above water and take a few deep breaths, along comes another unexpected expense!

Starting off as a small business back in 2008, BizCover knows all too well the lengths that a small business needs to go to in order to stay afloat, let alone the extra effort and expense it takes to grow a business and take it to the next level. So they set out to be the fairy godmother for the world of SME’s. But instead of turning a pumpkin into a carriage, they’ve been granting wishes of small businesses around Australia since 2014 with their BizGiver Grant, which aims to give back to the small business community who have helped fuel their business.

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Update 24 Nov 2017:  SBS World News will be running this story about PIC 4020 tonight, 24 November 2017 at 6:30pm

Update 24 Nov 2017 2:45pm: Leesha McKenny of SBS has just written to Liana Allan of Migration Alliance to advise that the story "One Strike You're Out visa changes could leave you facing 10 year ban"  has gone live on the website:

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/11/24/one-strike-youre-out-visa-changes-could-leave-you-facing-10-year-ban

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A registered migration agent who wishes to remain unknown, has managed to get into Sydney Airport international departures area with her Australian passport and without a boarding pass on the weekend. 

The migration agent went to take her son through customs at Sydney Airport.  She was not flying with her son.  The migration agent went through the customs hall and placed her passport on the scanner, then entered the departures hall without a problem.  She did not complete a departures card and put it in the glass box as she was not departing.  

The migration agent then said goodbye to her son, and proceeded to leave the airport departures hall.  She tried to get out via the customs security gates.  A security guard said 'you shouldn't be here'.  The guard told the agent to tell border security that 'she had left her medication in the car' as the reason she needed to leave the departures hall.  The agent was let out by Border Force, but the Border Force held her passport as they assumed that she was coming back to join a flight.  The migration agent said 'I am not coming back and I just came in to see my son off.  I need my passport'.

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