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Hmmmmmmmmmm... to renew my MIA membership or not?



I understand the MIA is offering incentives for their existing membership to renew their membership. That offer, sent to MIA members via email at 3pm on 4 June 2018 looks like this:

“MIA Membership Renewals

Many MIA members will shortly be receiving their membership renewal notices.  We would like to announce a new member reward for those who renew their membership on or before the due date.  These members will receive a free CPD voucher that can be redeemed for any face to face or online Category B CPD activity (*conditions apply). In addition, members currently holding valid Private Study Module vouchers will be able to use those vouchers for these new activities as well.

*Not valid for MIA conferences or roadshows.”


Migration Alliance can do better than the CPD "reward" that the MIA is making to its own members (many of whom are also joint-members of Migration Alliance).  A migration agent can only claim a maximum of 5 category B activities towards their 10 points of CPD for re-registration purposes.  What agents really need is Category A activities.

If you are an existing financial RMA member of the MIA and you do not renew your MIA membership for the year starting 1 July 2018, Migration Alliance, through an agreement I struck with Legal Training Australia (LTA), will offer you 10 points of free CPD made up of 5 Private Study (Category B), and 5 Online Webinar Workshops (Category A)This offer does not include the Practice Ready Program or one day 10 point blitz face-to-face workshops.  The value of the offer is $330-$440 in free CPD. 

How much do you pay for your MIA membership each year?  Is it now really worth it?

Save yourself some money and get great CPD at a fantastic price courtesy of MA and LTA. 

To take up the 'Migration Alliance free CPD' offer please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and quote 'NOT RENEWING MY MIA MEMBERSHIP' followed by your MARN.    You will need to declare in writing that you will not be renewing your MIA membership for the 2018-2019 period, and then continue not to renew your MIA membership for the whole period.  You will probably receive phone calls from the MIA asking you to renew and pay after you do not renew.  You agree not to renew and pay for MIA membership for a 12 month period (1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019), even if you are pressured to do so.  

Other good reasons that all you need is Migration Alliance:

  • Free to join (no annual membership fee)
  • New, fast news broadcasts (we have hired an additional news editor focusing breaking news in Australian migration law)

Other new and exciting offers will soon be released by Migration Alliance for its members such as:

  • A new online RMA forum
  • Low Cost RMA Travel Insurance (due to be released any day now)
  • A new banking partnership 
  • More....

Watch this space.


Christopher Levingston



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  • Guest
    Wu (RMA) Tuesday, 05 June 2018

    Brilliant offer. Migration Alliance rock

  • Guest
    Not renewing my MIA membership MARN 98... Tuesday, 05 June 2018

    Hilarious - as usual on point Christopher Levingstone. Why are we paying more for CPD anyway. I think it should be free once I pay my membership fee.

  • Guest
    MIA are holier than though Tuesday, 05 June 2018

    The only reason to have an MIA membership is for legislative and policy updates. If another organisation such as the MA was to replicate this, even as a paid service or add-on ($100-$200), I would be signing up and scrapping MIA in a heartbeat.

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    Ruslan-Ahmadzai Tuesday, 05 June 2018

    I think you will find alot more legislative updates going forward. There certainly has been an increase in the last few weeks and we will ensure this trend continues.

  • Guest
    Sam Tuesday, 05 June 2018

    I wonder what it is that causes the MA to focus so much negativity on the MIA. Both are important to me as an RMA, I wonder if there is something personal behind this. Each takes a different approach, both useful.

    With the Law Council of Australia trying to shut RMAs down, cant we respect each other and fight the common enemy?

  • Guest
    Marta Mamarot Tuesday, 05 June 2018

    Bad form. This article is really unprofessional. Not surprising really that's what Migration Alliance are known for.
    MIA is not the enemy.

  • Guest
    J N C Tuesday, 05 June 2018

    Because the MIA send out stupid emails saying the same thing Migration Alliance says about 1/2 hour later. Oh, and they also send out messages from the national president in latin.

  • Guest
    Sam Tuesday, 05 June 2018

    This is a pathetic comment.

  • Guest

    Marta we see you are showing on your LinkedIn profile as "Interested in the Law Council" and that you are a Solicitor. Did you see the MIA's latest latin email? Enemy? Yes to themselves. Their own worst enemy.

  • Guest
    Ganasan Arujunan Wednesday, 06 June 2018

    I am taking up MA's offer and not renewing MIA membership. The only reason I joined MIA is for the updates and the discussion forum. If I can get it from MA for free, why not. And I also doesn't like to see MIA officers desparately wanting to been seen with Peter Dutton.

  • Guest
    Sam Thursday, 07 June 2018

    The Mia forum is only for RMAs, we can ask wuestions of colleagues about cases that we cant ask in an open forum. Each has its value.

  • Guest
    John Friday, 08 June 2018

    That forum is useless, you must be a new RMA to think it worth something

  • Guest
    Sam Friday, 08 June 2018

    I suspect the negativity about the MIA feeds a one woman ego. Both MA and MIA are of value to me but I dont look at the MA much now. I cant be bothered with this BS. The MIA forum has experienced members assisting others. We can do this in privacy without non-RMA members. We talk about cases that we couldn't in a public forum.

    The MA is great at political lobbying and different stuff. At the moment, if I have to choose, it would not be the MA.

  • Guest
    Robert Chelliah Friday, 08 June 2018

    I look forward to the travel insurance eagerly. Now I am compelled to use my AMEX Card insurance.

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