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UPDATE TO THIS POST 09/04/2014:  As a result of the negative feedback from many agents via this blog and other modes of communication a survey has been created on RMA satisfaction with DIBP service levels.

I have just received this email from a concerned registered migration agent:

"Hi Liana,

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Make a submission today to stop over-regulation of the migration agent profession:

Registered Migration Agents (RMAs) can take advantage of the Australian Government's plan to cut $1 billion in red tape every year.  The first repeal day will be in the House of Representatives on Wednesday 26 March.  That is coming up very shortly.  Please urgently make submissions to assist deregulate our profession, in particular the Office of the MARA (OMARA) and their shocking and ever increasing levels of red tape.  The Office of the MARA have become nothing short of the 'RMA police'. 

Have a look at the hefty obligations and huge fees ($1595) RMAs pay every year to re-register.  I think the Office of the MARA call it a 'charge' so they can get away with not providing us with a service.  If they really wanted to provide the public with value then they would be advocating the use of migration agents to the vulnerable public and asking the DIBP to get rid of unregistered practice.  Instead they spent $0.00 last financial year advertising the services of RMAs.    Instead the Office of the MARA spend their time in their micro-bubble regulating the life out of RMAs.  OMARA also spend huge amounts of money on their relatively new prestigious offices overlooking Hyde Park in Sydney.  Surely OMARA could rent space in accommodation more befitting of the public service and not a high-end law firm?

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I have just sent this email to the Office of the MARA's Director of Professional Development and Registration, Glenda Hutch.  Feel free to complete the survey and skew the results even more.  It's not like OMARA want real information.  They just want any old information so that it looks like they are interested in real results.  It's really just a triumph of form over substance.  If they want proper feedback on what people think about CPD's then why don't they leave the surveys up to private organisations who know how to conduct surveys properly and professionally to extract the right data and information the first time around?
Dear Glenda

With reference to the link in your email below 'CPD participant feedback - Distance Learning':

I just completed a 'dummy/imposter' survey off the link that you have sent out to CPD participants of LTA.  We have a huge number of participants.
I notice three things about this survey which concern me greatly:
1/ Survey Monkey is a non- Australian government based website based in the USA being used to collect information from random and unidentified persons (MARN is optional) regarding Legal Training Australia.   
2/ Anyone from anywhere in the world can complete the survey including me as I did just then as a test run.  I just completed the survey as an 'imposter' as a test by clicking on the link which means OMARA's results are already skewed.  I can see I am also able to re-do the survey by logging back on and doing it again at a different computer in my office.
3/ I can complete one (1) distance learning CPD module with LTA online, and yet I am able to go to the OMARA Survey Monkey web link and provide feedback regarding every single one of our online subjects if I want to, regardless of whether I have even completed them. 
Having a survey and making the link available to anyone who wants to participate is a risky approach as it means the survey designed lacks integrity which in turn means that the results lack validity.  In most cases, the people electing to participate are inherently biased in some fashion.   What's to stop me from running an active campaign against another provider by using their dedicated link and running an active campaign for my own business by using the link to the LTA survey?  The answer is nothing.  It is open to being rorted.

I can also see that the OMARA have not created a survey which prevents the following types of 'survey offenders' from participating:

1. “The Daydreamer” - this respondent does not read the questions or stay focused enough to understand what is being asked.  Known Accomplices: “The Woolgatherer,” “The Aloof,” “Mr. or Ms. Elsewhere”

2. “The Imposter” - this respondent provides false data to a) bias survey results or b) fraud data to qualify for a survey with an incentive being offered.  Known Accomplices: “The Survey Swindler,” “The Con,” “The Pretender”

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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection applies a surcharge on all credit card transactions with the Department. The rate is dependent upon the credit card type and are detailed below:

Card Type

Rate (%)

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