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Call for Submissions
The Case for an Independent Immigration Commission (IC)
SYDNEY, NSW - 25 June 2014 
In anticipation of the announcement of the Minister regarding the review, Migration Alliance prepared a white paper which was sent to the incoming government, including the Minister last year.
The white paper outlines the case for an Independent Immigration Commissioner to be appointed by the Minister and to be accountable to Parliament on an independent basis.
Migration Alliance is seeking your feedback in relation to the white paper which reflects the draft formal position of MA at this point in time.  We would like your feedback and suggestions prior to making a formal and final submission to the Minister.
We invite contributions from individual members of MA and any other industry stakeholder, including the DIBP, MRT-RRT and other government, corporate and other entities.
Please send all contributions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "IC" in the subject header.
Thanks go to Allan Hornery, Beatrice Leoncini, Christopher Levingston and Kurt Kraues for their contributions. 
Please find attached the white paper.
The announcement received from the DIBP yesterday is as follows:

 The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) as an industry regulator will be the subject of an independent review, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash said today. 

Minister Cash said the review is consistent with the government's commitment to de-regulation.

"The review will examine and report on the OMARA's organisational capability and challenges, as well as the quality and effectiveness of its internal controls and governance," the Minister said.

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This book is primarily aimed at Registered Migration Agents (RMA), but may be of interest to people considering a career as a RMA or learning about how the world of an RMA works.

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As an RMA you are subject to the Migration Act 1958. Yet day-to-day practice as an RMA is a multi-faceted dynamic affair. So this book is designed as a compendium to support you in achieving enhanced daily work practices. As such, it is distinct from other ethics or compliance focused material you may have read. You are invited to use this book as a helpful starting point to build a stronger performing and better integrated migration practice. Enjoy gaining and implementing practical information sourced directly from experienced successful migration experts.

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Exploring the good that Australian Registered Migration Agents do.

The Registered Migration Agent profession is an important profession.

It is often asked "Does Australia really need another Registered Migration Agent?" or "Why do we need so many Registered Migration Agents?" or "And why do we have an increase in the number of Registered Migration Agents Annually?"

The picture of Registered Migration Agents (RMAs) as Tribunal and Ministerial Intervention Unit (MIU) gladiators fails to capture the way most RMAs work.

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Stephanie Lu, RMA 9252100 has an office available at short notice. 

Stephanie is a semi-retired migration agent would like to have a fellow migration agent to share a well-established office located in the heart of the city, just opposite of Wynyard station. Please contact Stephanie if you are interested on 0409608168.


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Against the grain of media coverage of viral videos of racist attacks on public transport, disparaging remarks of radio hosts and politicians against migrants, and of course the campaign against racism which suggests racism is rife in Australia, a Newspoll survey has revealed surprising results, some may say. What do you think?

The Australian reports that nearly half the people recently ­surveyed by Newspoll support Australia’s ­existing immigration intake, which settled 190,000 immigrants last year in the world’s largest per capita intake. Two-thirds were skilled migrants.

“Twenty-two per cent favour an even higher intake, with support strongest among the young, those on high incomes and capital city-dwellers.”

However, there is a lean towards European migrants with 26 per cent of Australians desiring more ­migrants from Europe. This is followed by a 20 per cent support for more immigration from Africa.

In contrast those surveyed seem to shy a little from Asian migrants who have support at 18 percent.  

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